Enjoy this easy stroll to Whippendell and Harrocks Woods from Cassiobury Park and avoid the crowds. The walk is just over 5 miles and takes approximately 2 hours. The total ascent is only 81 metres over the whole distance.
The walk that begins at the main car park in Cassiobury Park at the end of Gade Avenue (WD18 7LH). Watford Metropolitan line station is also nearby.
The start to Harrocks Woods
From the car park head in a north-easterly direction. The path crosses the River Gade and the Grand Union canal. When you cross over the bridges you tend to leave behind most people.
Turn left and walk along Lime Tree Avenue
The path crosses West Herts Golf Club and you need to watch out for players on your left. My wife and I were nearly hit by a ball that landed a few feet away from us. After you cross the golf course the path enters Whippendell Woods.
Whippendell Wood is managed by the Woodland Trust and covers 165 acres. These ancient woods are a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Harrocks Wood and back to Cassiobury Park
Following on from Whippendell is Harrocks Wood which is also managed by the Woodland Trust. This wood has been assigned the status of a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.
At the exit of Harrocks Wood the path opens out to open farmland on one side and hedgerow on the other.
Continue along the path for about 1 km at which point you’ll meet the Sarratt Road, but the route turns sharp left along a very quiet paved track.
Follow along Green lane past the pretty cottage above and keep to the map.
If you look on the map you will see a blue line, that is the way you should go. However we took the wrong turning. This mistake led us to an area called Little Green, a new housing estate and some older 30’s semis and bungalows. We finally arrived on the A412 Watford Road which isn’t a great place to walk.
However, we soon returned to the path, beside the Grand Union and back to the Cassiobury Park parking area. On this final leg we passed Cassiobury Farm and Fishery which looked very intriguing. The place was closed, presumably because of the lockdown. But go to their web site if you are interested in eggs. The eggs available include guinea fowl, duck, and several specific breeds of hens. Check it out.
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