Walking

Walking trail

Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner circular walk, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Walking trail

A circular walk through the glorious Hertfordshire countryside, starting in the pretty village of Wheathampstead, following in the footsteps of the playwright George Bernard Shaw and stopping off at his home of 44 years, Shaw's Corner.

Only really suitable for active families.

Map

Map route for Wheathampstead to Shaw's Corner walk

Start:

Wheathampstead East Lane car park grid ref:TL178371

1

Starting in Wheathampstead East Lane car park, turn right onto East Lane, then right again onto Station Road. Follow the road up hill until you come to the site of Wheathampstead station platform. After a visit to the platform, bear right, and then take the first lane on the right (past Harpenden Recovery), before taking the footpath to the left (signposted Ayot Greenway).

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Image of Old Wheathampstead Station Platform

2

Follow the footpath until you reach a set of steps which lead down onto Sheepcote Lane. Head left, under the underpass, before taking the first path on your left, up the slope, through the iron gate. Follow the path across the field, then cross the path of the disused railway, and up the bank again on the other side, through the metal kissing gate. Follow the path until you reach the Codicote Road.

3

Cross the Codicote Road with care, then take the path that follows the line of the drive. When you reach the gates of the former golf course club house, take the path that runs to the right of the fence. When you come to a junction, turn left onto the Hertfordshire way.

4

At the silver kissing gate, take the right hand path and follow until you reach the drive for Lamer House - (marked Private Road, footpath only). Keep heading straight until you reach the gates of Lamer Park Farm. Take the footpath to your right, through the avenue of limes.

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Lamer House on the Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner Circular walk

5

At the end of the avenue, take the footpath to your right and follow for approx 200 yards, before taking the steps up to your left. Follow the path alongside the hedgerow and exit onto Bibbs Hall Lane. Turn right, and follow the lane for 200 yards until you reach Shaw's Corner on your right. Spend time at Shaw's, and/or continue to direction 6.

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Shaw's House

6

Whilst in Ayot St. Lawrence you might like to look at Ayot Old Church, or just continuing from Shaw's Corner, turn right onto Bibbs Hall Lane, then right again onto Bride Hall Lane, and after 100 yards, take the public bridleway on the left hand side of the bend. Follow the path alongside the woods until you reach the Codicote Road.

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A view of Hertfordshire contryside on the Shaws Corner circular walk

7

Cross Codicote road with care, then take the path on the other side, signposted Hunters Bridge. After 100-200 metres, carefully look for a waymarked path across the field to your right, up the hill towards a copse (Three Groves Wood) This path may be ploughed at certain times of the year. At the top of the hill, bear left across the field, heading for the next copse.

8

Follow the footpath (look out for the little yellow arrows on posts), until you cross Sparrowhall Bridge. Keep straight on, then head straight across the next field. At the bottom of the steps, turn right onto the Lea Valley Way.

9

Follow the path, across the bottom of the river valley for approximately 1 mile, until you reach steps down to Sheepcote Lane. Head back under the underpass.

10

Keep walking up the lane, and cross the ford. After 300 yards take the footpath on your right, between the hedges. When you reach the playing fields, bear right, keeping the football pitch on your left.

11

When you reach the river, bear left, towards the forge. Pass the forge and head out onto the lane beyond. Follow until you reach a T Junction, and then turn right.

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An image of a Red Kite

12

The entrance to East Lane car park is 100 yards on your right and you have reached the end of the walk.

End:

Wheathampstead East Lane car park grid ref:TL 178371

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Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner circular walk, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Terrain

Mostly easy walking across established footpaths and fields. There are some steps along the route, and a steep gully at section 2. Assistance dogs only at Shaw's Corner.

Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner circular walk, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Contact us

Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner circular walk, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

How to get here

Address
Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, nr Welwyn, Hertfordshire
By train

Harpenden Station (3.5 miles), Welwyn Garden City Station (5 miles). Visit www.thetrainline.co.uk

By road

5 miles north of St Albans. Take the B651 towards Wheathampstead. From Wheathampstead village centre, walk toward The Bull pub, turn right onto East Lane. Follow East Lane for 100 yards, past the public toilets, then left into car park.

By foot

From Wheathampstead village centre, walk toward The Bull pub, turn right onto East Lane. Follow East Lane for 100 yards, past the public toilets, then left into car park.

By bus

UNO buses 620 from St Albans or Harpenden; UNO buses 366 from Luton or Welwyn Garden City; Arriva Buses 304 from St Albans or Hitchin. See www.intalink.org.uk.

Wheathampstead to Shaws Corner circular walk, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Facilities and access

  • WCs : In Wheathampstead: Public WC in East Lane, shops and pubs. In Ayot St Lawrence at Shaw's Corner (when open)
  • Food and drink : The Brocket Arms pub for teas, coffees and lunches. Ice cream and soft drinks available in garden at Shaw's Corner
  • Shopping : Second-hand bookshop, souvenir shop and plant sales at Shaw's Corner