Wheathampstead Heritage Trails

The Wheathampstead Heritage Trails aim to highlight the amazing local history of this district and encourage people to get out there and enjoy it.

All of the walks start at the free parking in the centre of Wheathampstead and pass several places where food and drinks can be found.

There is one Village Centre walk and six walks further afield. Each of these is briefly described below with a link to the page giving details of the walk plus an interactive map so you can preview the heritage from the comfort of your home.  Each page also provides a printable download - making it easy to navigate each of the walks.  Printed copies of these guides are available from the Parish Office, the village library, and several shops.

Name Description Distance
Village Centre This trail uses footpaths within the village to visit up to 21 historical properties all within easy walking distance of each other. 1 mile (1.5km)
The Lea Valley Circle Walk over the River Lea and gaze across its valley. One of the main rivers in Hertfordshire, it is a chalk stream – one of only 200 or so in the world. 4.3 miles (7km)
Devil's Dyke & Nomansland Walk through the impressive Devil's Dyke, an ancient defensive earthworks from Celtic times. Stroll through the beautiful meadows of the Marshalls Heath nature reserve and the pretty woodlands bordering Nomansland Common. 4.6 miles (8km)
Above the Lea Valley From quiet woods to expansive views over the Lea valley, this walk includes Gustard Wood at the northern tip of Wheathampstead and the Grade I splendour of Mackerye End. 6.5 miles (10km)
The Romans & Nomansland Walk along ancient thoroughfares created by Romans and Saxons. Stroll through the picturesque and historic hamlets of Coleman Green, Cromer Hyde and Nomansland and finally enjoy stunning views across Wheathampstead and beyond. 7.8 miles (13km)
Lamer & Ayot St Lawrence Enjoy a peaceful walk through the Lamer Estate to the historic village of Ayot St Lawrence. Follow the ancient parish boundary before returning along the Ayot Greenway. 7.6 miles (13km)
Old Railway & River Lea After a brief visit to the remains of Wheathampstead railway station, the walk follows the Ayot Greenway (route of the Permanent Way) to Ayot Green. The return journey follows the course of the River Lea. 7.9 miles (13km)