Explore Merry Hill, tour 180 acres of open space near Bushey

Explore Merry Hill open space with friends, your dog or just alone. Rather than a circular walk this post encourages you to visit Merry Hill and experience the rich diversity created by The Woodland Trust. This rural landscape between Bushey and Carpenters Park is a haven of wildlife and plants with streams, ponds and meadows.

The Woodland Trust and volunteers have planted more than 60,000 trees since 1996 when the Trust took over management of the area. In the process they have transformed the area from purely farmland to a more varied landscape.

Take this quick 2 minute tour

Follow the route?

As you can see from the map below the route resembles a figure 8 rather than a loop. I am suggesting that you use the map as a guide to Explore Merry Hill. Use the Details link below to find out how to use the map on your phone as you explore the area.

Merry Hill Open Space
How to use the Map

Go to the start of the route and open the web page on your mobile. Click on the full screen icon -- - Next click on the geo location icon -- .

- Now follow the route on your phone.

If you get a Geolocation Error
On an iPhone go to >Settings>Privacy>Location Services select the appropriate web browser and change from Never.

On an Android Swipe down from the top of the screen. Touch and hold Location . If you don't find Location : Tap Edit or Settings . Then drag Location into your Quick Settings. Tap App permission. Under ”Allowed all the time," “Allowed only while in use,” and “Ask every time,” find the apps that can use your phone's location.

More Details

While I have indicated a starting point on the map, the yellow walking person, this is only one of several places that allow access to Merry Hill. There are 3 other access points from Merry Hill Road, 2 from Carpenders Park and 1 from Haydon Road, all marked in green on the map.

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What to expect

There are plenty of easy walking paths which are firm underfoot.

Plenty of open spaces with interesting vistas

A few paths where boots are definitely needed

The odd pond and stream

A pond on the route when you explore Merry Hill
Wild life haven

A few cows in one field.

Look out for the cows when you explore Merry Hill
The cows look on

And a very curious object en route.

A miniature obelisk?

Explore Merry Hill Summary

Our route to explore Merry Hill took just under two hours to walk at a reasonably brisk pace. The ramble consisted of just under 5 miles with a total of 325ft of ascent. You will need boots to pass through some of the muddy parts, but there is plenty of firm ground as well. Dogs will love the freedom Merry Hill offers them.

What Next?

If you enjoyed our Explore Merry Hill ramble you can find lots more great walks at Find a Walk – Britain.

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