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Walk 64: Gustard Wood Loop

Bluebells in the spring, popular with birdlife all year


1.5 miles (2.3 km) 


Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bluebells in Lamer Wood picture taken April 29, 2018
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

This is a great walk at Easter when wild daffodils spread a yellow carpet either side of the path through Lamer Wood. A few weeks later it's the turn of the bluebells to flood the area with light blue. Amazing how the same woodland can change so much in the space of a few weeks. All year round it's a popular spot for woodland birds.

The walk is fairly flat all the way but can get muddy in places after rain, so please consider wearing wellies in wet weather. The route starts and finishes in a small car park off Lamer Lane, the B651. For those of you not able to figure out my north, south, east, and west directions (such as my wife and walking companion, Ellie), I have added a compass to the map below.


Computer generated map for walk 64 Gustard Wood Loop Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Map for Walk 64: Gustard Wood Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

Directions


1: Park in the small lay-by off Lamer Lane, or, if that is busy, there is alternative start and finish at The Cross Keys pub on Ballslough Hill. I checked with the staff at the pub and they say they are happy for walkers to park in their car park if they are having a drink or meal there before or after the walk. From the lay-by off Lamer Lane walk in an easterly direction (away from the road) into Gustard Wood until the path meets a wider path heading north-south. Here you turn right and follow the path south until you meet the Lamer Lane again.


Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The path running south from Gustard Wood at the beginning of the walk
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

2: Turn left on the road and immediately left again heading east along a quiet lane with houses on your right and fields on your left. Continue uphill slightly until you reach Lamer Wood. Here you need to look out for a footpath on your left that takes you into the wood.

3: Take this path and head north through Lamer Wood. This is where you will find the carpet of bluebells when in season. 


Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Bluebells to the east of the path through Lamer Wood
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Photograph of path through the bluebells in Lamer Wood Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Spring blossom falling like snow on the path through Lamer Wood
Image by Hertfordshire Walker released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


4: When you reach the top of the woods you come to a bachelor gate leading into a field. Turn left and head west until you reach Ballslough Hill. This bit can be extremely muddy after rain.

5: Turn left on Ballslough Hill and head south-west a short distance. On your right you will see The Cross Keys pub.

6: Soon after you will see a footpath sign on your right pointing south through Gustard Wood. Follow this path south looking out for a short path on your right back to the lay-by where you parked at the start of the walk.



More detailed, interactive map

Below is a more detailed map of the route for those with smartphones.


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4 comments:

  1. Hi Dave. We really enjoyed the walk today. Perfect length for the little ones on such a hot day. It was nice to meet two beautiful horses on our way though the open field between points 4 and 5. The field south east of point 3 was also good for our picknick. I have one query/ request. Are you still providing links to the GPX/KLM map routes? I haven't been able to find them recently but find them really useful. Anyway, thanks again for all your hard work. It really is appreciated. All the best Daniel, Iwona, Sara & Casper.

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    1. Hi Daniel,

      I am embedding maps from MapHub to the later walks as we add them. These have, under the 'share' option when you click through, the choice of downloading KML and GPX files. Is that what you mean? And, if so, would that meet your need if I eventually added such maps to all walks? I have just added one to this walk (scroll up to see).

      Dave

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  2. Hi Dave

    Yes, perfect. I read the directions before we set off but the route on my phone (in OS maps or ViewRanger) is really useful on the walk. I downloaded quite a few of the initial walks from your older site then lost them when I upgraded my phone. If you did manage to add these back to some of the initial walks it would certainly be appreciated. Hope you're having a nice Sunday and making the most of this glorious weather. All the best. Daniel

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    1. Thanks Daniel, I have added a note about your suggestion to our tips page. https://www.hertfordshirewalker.org/p/tips.html#KML and will now work through the rest of walks adding the interactive maps as I go. Each walk takes about 10 mins to update, so I will start at #1 and work up. You enjoy your Sunday, too. Thanks again for the suggestion. Dave

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