Heartwood Forest

Heartwood Forest, St. Albans: Hours, Address, Heartwood Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

Heartwood Forest
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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shazzzalongley
Cambridge, New Zealand1,379 contributions
Heartwood Forest Walks
Aug 2021 • Friends
A fabulous place to walk around with many types of terrain including woods, fields, paved paths and unpaved paths. Beautiful views and great for dogs.
Written August 8, 2021
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Navigate794338
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Great place to visit
Jul 2021 • Solo
This is such a great place to visit, whether it be solo, dog walking or with friends/family. There are many different walks/routes you can do, all signposted. Free car park, and has an over flow car park for the busy days. When the bluebells are out it looks beautiful there.

For dog walkers: the grass area closest to the car park requires you to have your dog on the lead, but once past a certain point you can let them off. There are signs around promoting this
Written July 27, 2021
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Stuart T Orange
St. Albans, UK25 contributions
At my end
Jun 2021
Already decided, when I go, that is where my ashes will go. It is the most wonderful place, saved me during lockdowns.
Written June 2, 2021
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Ralph K
London, UK1,185 contributions
A wonderful forest in the making well worth visiting
May 2021
Our trusty sat-nav took us staight to the 'free' car park. Well signposted walks and information boards and leaflets ensured we would not miss anything. Over 800 acres of new and ancient woodland with wildlife walks and meadows to enjoy but the bluebells in the ancient Langley Wood was the main reason we had come here.
It is an ancient woodland in the centre of Heartwood Forest and to enjoy the biggest bluebell carpets we have ever seen. The walks were roped off to prevent damage to the bluebells. With the dappled sun it was totally wonderful and really well managed. Everyone, from lone walkers to families with children were engrossed in looking at this very low key spectacle. Apparently one fifth of the world's buebells grow in the UK and these large colonies can take 5-7 years to flower from seed. To complete a great day out, we would recommend booking at The Queen's Head in Sandridge for lunch afterwards
Written May 8, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,478 contributions
Old & New
Mar 2021
Heartwood Forest is located on the road between Wheathampstead and Sandridge and is just North of Sandridge village.

The parking is free which is good and it is well spaced out.

There are areas where you have to keep your dog on a lead however when I visited people did not seem to be adhering to this.

I was very impressed with the variety of walks and they are different lengths for different abilities. There are walks on grass/mud and there are some more formal paths for those who need them (or don't like getting muddy).

There are some established woods and also some new woods that have been planted in the last 10 years. It will be nice to see these evolve over years so I will be returning.
Written March 17, 2021
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,111 contributions
Pleasant walks through new woodlands
Feb 2021
Heartwood forest is a large area of woodland planted in the past 10 years. Within the new planting it includes one medium sized ancient woodland (Langley Wood) and four further small areas of ancient woodland.

We followed the white trail - Heartwood Hike - with some diversions to look at the ancient woodlands. Three quarters of the Heartwood Forest is to the west of the B651 with an arboretum and orchard to the east (which we didn't visit).

Most of the trees have established and are about the height of an adult. There are some quick growing species like hazels and silver birch while slower growing oaks and hornbeams take longer to start moving. Some large meadow areas are left between the new tree planting. The paths are popular and include some existing public footpaths and a section of the Hertfordshire Way. These are well maintained if a little muddy, which would be expected at this time of year. Some of the paths through the ancient woodland (Pismire, Well, Round, Pudler's) have been closed off to prevent damage to the bluebells. There are easy routes around the path closures.

The Forest has plenty of well positioned benches throughout to stop and take a break and admire the views out across the wider countryside. Note there are no other facilities - no public toilets - the nearest are in Sandridge. Printed maps are available by the entrance and it is worth taking one with you. With the criss crossing of paths and limited sign posting its easy to loose your way. We did a couple of times - we quickly re-orientated. There are no 'you are here' maps as you go around including at the entrances. If you try and follow a route - the white trail or the blue trail there are several junctions where there is no marker post or signage to direct you. Its not a huge area and you would not be able to get too lost but more thought could have gone into waymarking.

Its a good place to see woodland and farmland birds - very active on a warm spring day. We explored most of the trails on the western side in the expectation of seeing some snowdrops. It was featured in Hertfordshire Life as having drifts in the meadows. We saw two small clumps near Sandridgebury farm in the whole time we were walking. Not sure where Hertfordshire Life were but no sign of them to us. Will be back hopefully later in the spring for bluebells - and perhaps try and come on a weekday when it would be quieter.
Written February 28, 2021
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Nidgehammer
Stevenage, UK4,751 contributions
Lovely Walk...
Jul 2020 • Family
We’ve been searching out decent walks for a while now and somebody mentioned this place close to St Albans - we parked in Sandridge.

There’s a couple of options which way to go but we found we ended up returning via the route we didn’t take so I’m not sure it matters. There’s lots of places to sit and take a break or have a picnic as we did and after some pleasant, largely open scenery we suddenly reached a wood/forest.

The kids loved it and we’d definitely return, the paths are wide (for double buggies or avoiding people) and there’s plenty of places to place any rubbish so everywhere is pretty tidy.
Written July 28, 2020
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Jo F
82 contributions
A family friendly place to walk
Jun 2020 • Couples
Free parking and entry to the forest, which is great for all.
It is well managed with lots of paths providing information on the local wildlife. It is good that you can go off the main pathway and explore smaller trails and woods. There are plenty of places to sit and have a picnic.
Written July 17, 2020
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talon1579
3 contributions
Arboretum was disappointing.
May 2020
Main walking areas on paths were very pleasant. No instructions on main information point as to how to see the arboretum, ( the main attraction for us). Inside Langley Wood we encountered a Woodland Trust official who directed us to the site of the arboretum. He recommended we take our car there . We asked if the trees were labelled and this was confirmed. Very limited parking adjacent to the arboretum which was difficult to find in Drovers Lane. ( No signposts). There were no car parks just a very few lay-bys. We could only access the perimeter of the fenced off arboretum and could see no labels on individual trees. I suppose we may have missed the arboretum altogether but this just emphasises how hard it was to find!
Written May 22, 2020
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Denise A
Bruges, Belgium6 contributions
Lovely walk
Mar 2020
An excellent emerging forest. Great place to walk with paths if it's muddy, woods and great scenery. Beautiful bluebells in Spring and ideal in the summer for picnics. You can easily find a secluded spot under a shady tree.
Written March 30, 2020
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