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Local places to visit in Broxbourne

The southeastern most part of Hertfordshire, the Borough of Broxbourne is home to a conservation area of international importance comprised of several major woodlands.

As with all our ‘local places to visit’ these are free and open all year round.

Broxbourne Woods

Straddling Broxbourne and East Hertfordshire, and comprised of four adjacent woodlands, Broxbourne Wood, Wormley Wood, Hoddesdonpark Wood and Bencroft Wood, the whole of the 239 hectare Broxbourne Woods is Hertfordshire’s only National Nature Reserve and is also a Special Area of Conservation.

The woodlands are predominantly sessile oak and hornbeam, and are home to a wide array of wildlife. There are plenty of public footpaths and a 1 km sculpture trail is wheelchair accessible.  The autumn foliage in particular can be very colourful.  You can download a walker’s guide to Broxbourne Woods from the Countryside Management Service.  You may also wish to download our own 4 1/2 mile self guided walking route through Bencroft and Wormley Woods.


Autumn foliage in Wormley Wood Elizabeth Hamilton