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Heartwood Forest Visitor Information

Heartwood Forest is a vast, beautiful new forest evolving from what was once an oilseed rape field to a 347-hectare estate of native woodland.

Heartwood Forest was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 2008, since then over 500,000 trees have already been planted. Along with the existing pockets of ancient woodland, new wildflower meadows, a community orchard in the making and fantastic wildlife, Heartwood Forest is set to become one of the Trust’s Top 10 destination sites.

Find out more about Heartwood Forest

Events at Heartwood Forest

Join us for a walk, see the beauty of the wood through a lens or wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with friends and family.

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Heartwood Forest lies on either side of the B651, sandwiched between Harpenden, Wheathampstead and Sandridge; 4.8km (three miles) north of St Albans in Hertfordshire and only 32km (20 miles) from central London.

OS Explorer 182, Landranger 166, TL162114.

How to get here

By train
There is a good train service to St Albans station 4km (2.5 miles) away from Heartwood Forest.

Including lines from; Bedford to Brighton via East Croydon, Luton to Sutton via Hackbridge and Luton to Sutton via Wimbledon

There is on average nine trains per hour Monday to Friday. Six trains per hour on Saturdays and five on Sundays.

Harpenden train station is also near by, 7.5km (4.7 miles) away, with a good service on the same line.

Check times at traveline website or telephone 0871 200 2233.

By bus
There are two buses for Heartwood Forest that stop in Sandridge village.

304 from Hitchin to Potters Bar via St Albans

Monday to Friday there are nine 304 buses per day with seven on Saturday and three on Sunday.

620 from Hemel Hempstead to Hatfield via Harpenden. 

There are 18 daily 620 buses Monday to Friday, 12 on Saturday and seven on Sundays.

The nearest bus stop is outside Pound Farm opposite St Leonard’s Church. Walk through the farm yard and up the bridleway to Heartwood Forest.

Check times at traveline website or telephone 0871 200 2233.

By car
Heartwood Forest is located either side of the B651 between Sandridge and Wheathampstead Village and approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) north of St Albans City Centre in Hertfordshire.

From St Albans, head north-east on the B651 and after 4km you will see a brown tourist sign pointing into the car park from the main road.

The nearest postcode is AL4 9DQ.

By bicycle
There are several good cycle approaches to Heartwood from each major village and town. There are also several bike stands for locking bikes in the car park.

Take care if using the B651. The road is narrow, winding and busy.

See cycle route for more information.

On foot
There are good walking routes from each major village and town around Heartwood.

Paths become slippery and muddy when wet. Take care crossing the B651.

For information on public footpaths in Hertfordshire visit Hertfordshire County Council or telephone 0300 123 4047.

See cycle route and footpath map for more information. 

Facilities and Access

The 20km network of paths in Heartwood Forest includes a public footpath and two bridleways, and runs in and around the forest as well as through the existing ancient woodlands. The majority of the paths are unsurfaced and can become muddy, slippery and at times waterlogged. The kissing gates are wheelchair and pram friendly and there is a new all-ability trail linking the car park to Langley Wood.

There are some moderate gradients leading up from Sandridge village.

There are 12 entrances to the forest which are well linked to existing footpaths and bridleways. One of the entrances, St Leonard’s Church, is close to the bus stop.

Responsible dog owners are welcome at Heartwood Forest. Visit the walkiees website for more information on dog walking on our site and read our Code of Conduct. 

Nearest public toilets: Sandridge village hall.

Disabled facilities are available with RADAR key.

No baby changing facilities.


To find the nearest accommodation, please visit TripAdvisor.

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