A nice weekend walk to a country local
6.2 miles (10 km)
A walk from Brookmans Park over the fields and hills to The Woodman, Wildhill and back a slightly different route. Regular users of our walks will have noticed that this is one of several routes from Brookmans Park to Wildhill. Forgive me for creating so many, but those who try the walks, and the beer at The Woodman, will soon see why.
- Head west out of Brookmans Park village walking up Brookmans Avenue until you meet a road going off on the left called Golf Club Road. Take this.
- Continue along Golf Club Road until you reach Brookmans Park Golf Club on your left and Chancellor's School on your right. You will see a bridleway on your right, take this.
- Continue along the bridleway until you reach Pine Grove. Continue straight and slightly to your left taking The Drive.
- At the end you reach the junction of Bell Lane and the A1000, The Great North Road. Turn right and follow the A1000 south for a short distance.
- Look across the road to your left and you will see a footpath sign shortly before you reach the Brookmans Park Transmitting Station. Take that path and walk north. Continue with the transmitting station on your right until you reach a small footbridge.
- Cross the footbridge and keep right and then left with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right. You will spot a water tower on your right. Soon after the water tower you might spot a spigot mortar emplacement in the hedge on your right. The remains of WWII fortifications.
- Continue with the field on your left and the hedgerow on your right until you reach a small footbridge and then Grubbs Lane. Turn left and continue along Grubbs Lane, down a dip and up again looking out for a path on your right after you have climbed out of the dip. (Be careful here because this lane can become a bit of a race track at times).
- When you find the path on your right take it and cross the fields heading north towards Wildhill.
- When you reach the woodland, keep the field on your right and head for a gap in the hedge. The path now crosses the field diagonally and will be cut through the crops.
- When you reach the hedgerow turn right and, keeping the field on your right, head for a gap in the hedge straight ahead. Here you cross a small brook hidden in a tunnel. You turn left, keeping the hedgerow on your left and the field on your right.
- At the fourth oak tree on your left you will find a set of steps heading down to a bachelor gate taking you into another field used by horses.
- Cross a small footbridge and take the path north heading to the right of an old oak tree. You are aiming for the bachelor gate. Go through the bachelor gate, cross a small footbridge, and head for the final bachelor gate that leads into The Woodman car park at Wildhill (note, this bit can be boggy, so take care).
- For the return, start by going back the way you came through The Woodman car park and retrace your steps to Grubbs Lane.
- However, for this return journey, after you turn left on Grubbs Lane, take the path almost immediately right into another field where a path runs through the crops, across a footbridge, across another field, through a small copse (at this point, look out for the remains of the WWII Tett turret on your right), across another field and ends at the garage at the corner of Woodside Lane and the A1000, Great North Road.
- Turn left. Cross The Great North Road with care and take the lane opposite, Bell Lane. (If you want, you can stop for refreshments at The Cock Of The North to your left.) If not, continue down Bell Lane until you reach Bulls Lane on your right.
- Walk down Bulls Lane, past Foxes Lane on your right and continue heading west until you see a footpath sign on your left.
- Take this, go through a bachelor gate, turn right and follow the path with the hedge on your right and the field on your left. At the fence turn right, take the small footbridge on your left, and continue west with the hedge on your right and field on your left.
- You will emerge at Thunder Bridge. Go under the bridge and turn left along a footpath that runs to the right of the railway. Follow this path south until it branches slightly to the right and goes through woodland. There will be a football pitch on your left.
- At the end of the path go down some steps and turn right crossing a small river. Continue along this path until you reach Station Road. Turn left on Station Road and follow it for about a mile to Brookmans Park Station. There are several shops, cafe's, restaurants and a pub serving refreshments in the village.