- Start: Cuffley railway station
- End: Cuffley railway station
- Country: England
- County: Hertfordshire
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 174 (Epping Forest & Lea Valley) and 182 (St Albans and Hatfield)
- Difficulty: Medium
Work off all that turkey, suet pudding and chocolates and enjoy a picturesque walk through Cuffley
THE Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service has devised a beautiful walk with the help of local people.
Home Wood was once part of Northaw Great Wood and the Hatfield Park estate. Trees were cut down regularly to provide firewood and the stumps grew back again. Some of these are now very large and have strange shapes.
Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council acquired the wood in 1984 and 1994 and a team of local volunteers called Wood Wardens look after it with support from the Countryside Management Service.
They meet regularly and coppice some of the native Hazel and Hornbeam trees to create glades where wildflowers grow, and in 2009 they planted 60 young oak trees. They also keep the paths clear and have installed bridges where necessary.
If you live nearby, you can join the Wood Wardens at 9.30am most Mondays. Call Brian Russell on 01707 888546 for further details.
Distance: A circular route of about 8km or 5 miles
Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 174 (Epping Forest & Lea Valley) and 182 (St Albans and Hatfield)
Time: Allow 2 to 3 hours
Description: The route is undulating and includes sections on unsurfaced footpaths.
Start: Cuffley railway station.
OS grid reference TL 307 028
On leaving the station car park, turn right under the railway bridge and right into Tolmers Road.
At the top of the hill where the road ends, the footpath continues into Home Wood. Follow the white waymarked route around the wood then leave it by the same entrance and take the first right turn into Hill Rise.
Turn right again into Hanyards Lane then left onto the Ridgeway.
After 200m, look for a public footpath on the right and follow it downhill, then left at the valley bottom where it follows a broad farm track as far as the B156.
Turn left back towards Cuffley then after 300m, pick up another public footpath on your right past the Sports Club. After the railway bridge, turn left then follow the field boundary around to the right and look for a kissing gate before you reach the bottom.
Turn left here to walk under pylons, then through a car park. Turn right here into a playing field and veer diagonally left to reach Station Road. Turn left to return to the station.
FIND OUT MORE
The Countryside Management Service (CMS) works with landowners and communities to develop projects that enhance landscape and biodiversity, as well as encouraging people to understand and enjoy the countryside across Hertfordshire. For more information contact the CMS on 01462 459395 or email email@example.com