• Start: Bricket Wood station
  • End: Bricket Wood station
  • Country: England
  • County: Hertfordshire
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub:
  • Ordnance Survey: Explorer map 182
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This month head for the peace and tranquillity that Bricket Wood Common can offer

GET your wellies on and head down to Bricket Wood Common to enjoy some of the wonderful wintry woodland
and heathland perfect for all ages to explore and delight at.
Situated between Mount Pleasant Lane and School Lane in the village of Bricket Wood two miles south of St Albans, the common is a place of natural beauty.

Wet heathland and acid grassland

What makes Bricket Wood Common so special? According to the countys Countryside Management Service its all about the soil.
Its wet boulder clay which is hopeless for farming but, when trees are cleared, heather, gorse and other special plants thrive here.
Some areas are wet and others free draining which means a real mix of habitats including bogs, heath, acid grassland, streams and ponds.

Woodland and coppice

In the woods you will find mysteriously shaped beech and oak trees and an area of coppiced hornbeam trees which give clues to the commons past.
Coppicing is a way of regularly harvesting timber. Hornbeam is normally cut every 25 years and in each wood only a section is cut every year. When it happens the light floods in which encourages the cut stumps and wild flowers to grow, creating a variety of new habitats.

Start walking

Getting there: Car parking is limited so why not take the train? The Common is a five-minute walk from Bricket Wood station on the line between Watford and St Albans Abbey station.
Map: Explorer map 182
Distance: Two-mile circular trail. Dont forget your wellies! At this time of year paths will be wet underfoot

Find out more

Discover Bricket Wood Common.
For lots more photos, memories, information and copies of the other walks go to or contact the Countryside Management Service on 01727 848168 or by email

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