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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Part of Hertfordshire's only National Nature Reserve, the Easy Access Sculpture Trail is located in Broxbourne Wood. The reserve is also recognised as a Special Area of Conservation of European Importance. There are eight wooden sculptures on the route, all reflecting aspects of the area's history and agricultural practice. Route covers a distance of 1km. There is only one single slope steeper than 1:12 (8.3%), this 1:8 (12.5%) gradient is met downhill if walk is taken anti-clockwise. Surface is hard, wide and even throughout. There are eight seats: six benches and two sculptures that can be used as rest stops. An attractive and interesting trail in a wider popular woodland setting.

Surveyed by: Sarah Buckingham, July 2014 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.0 km

Public Transport: Bayford Train Station. Bus No. 308 from Hertford Bus Station, Cuffley Train Station or Bayford Train Station - alight at Brickendon (Farmers Boy 3km away).
Car Park: Two designated accessible parking spaces bays at each of the car parks East and West.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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East Car Park two access blue badge parking bays are located at the far end of the east car park entrance. Surface is of crushed, loose stone.

Blue Badge parking bays East Car Park two access blue badge parking bays are located at the far end of the east car park entrance. Surface is of crushed, loose stone.

There are several exits off the east car park, some have wooden posts at 1.2 metres distance. One has a short gradient of 1:10 (10%).

CarPark There are several exits off the east car park, some have wooden posts at 1.2 metres distance. One has a short gradient of 1:10 (10%).

There is a wide uninhibited route onto the path near the main car entrance. Here find an information board about the whole woodland and directions to the Sculpture Trail, which begins in between the two main routes.

Direction There is a wide uninhibited route onto the path near the main car entrance. Here find an information board about the whole woodland and directions to the Sculpture Trail, which begins in between the two main routes.

Sculpture Trail begins under a wooden arch. Note the way-marking post with  circular green 'Easy Access Route' described. This is the anti-clockwise route, which keeps uphill gradients to a minimum.

Start Sculpture Trail begins under a wooden arch. Note the way-marking post with circular green 'Easy Access Route' described. This is the anti-clockwise route, which keeps uphill gradients to a minimum.

Route begins with a wide, flat path on a hard, even surface.

Path Route begins with a wide, flat path on a hard, even surface.

Initial sculpture of Roman Soldier. Path bends to left.

Feature of Interest Initial sculpture of Roman Soldier. Path bends to left.

Path descends with gradient between 1:13 (7.5%) and 1.9 (11.1%).

Gradient Path descends with gradient between 1:13 (7.5%) and 1.9 (11.1%).

Same gradient continues.

Gradient Same gradient continues.

Gradient winds through wood for 30 metres to next sculpture.

Gradient Gradient winds through wood for 30 metres to next sculpture.

Acorn sculpture, which is also intended as a seat.

Feature of Interest Acorn sculpture, which is also intended as a seat.

Second of eight seats lies halfway down descent to bridge.

Seat Second of eight seats lies halfway down descent to bridge.

After acorn sculpture descent increases for 10 metres to bridge. Gradient here is between 1:10 (10%) and 1:8 (12.5%). This is the steepest gradient on the route.

Gradient After acorn sculpture descent increases for 10 metres to bridge. Gradient here is between 1:10 (10%) and 1:8 (12.5%). This is the steepest gradient on the route.

Wooden bridge is excellent condition. 1.5 metres wide; hard, even surface. Flush access on and off bridge.

Path Wooden bridge is excellent condition. 1.5 metres wide; hard, even surface. Flush access on and off bridge.

Path is flat after bridge. Third of eight seats to the left. Charcoal burner sculpture stands on corner ahead.

Seat Path is flat after bridge. Third of eight seats to the left. Charcoal burner sculpture stands on corner ahead.

Path bends to left after charcoal burner sculpture and ascends with a gradient of 1:13 (7.5%).

Gradient Path bends to left after charcoal burner sculpture and ascends with a gradient of 1:13 (7.5%).

Pulley sculpture to the right, which is also intended as a seat. Gradient after pulley is 1.14 (6.8%) for 8 metres.

Gradient Pulley sculpture to the right, which is also intended as a seat. Gradient after pulley is 1.14 (6.8%) for 8 metres.

Path levels out after ascent for 15 metres.

Path Path levels out after ascent for 15 metres.

Path bends sharply to left. Fifth of eight seats immediately on left.

Seat Path bends sharply to left. Fifth of eight seats immediately on left.

Path ascends slightly after third bench at a gradient of 1:14 (6.8%).

Gradient Path ascends slightly after third bench at a gradient of 1:14 (6.8%).

After short slope path bends to right and becomes flat again.

Path After short slope path bends to right and becomes flat again.

Surface on first two thirds of route is consistent - wide, hard and even with small embedded stones.

Path Surface on first two thirds of route is consistent - wide, hard and even with small embedded stones.

Wild boar sculpture.

Feature of Interest Wild boar sculpture.

Path leads to Hornbeam fruit sculpture.

Feature of Interest Path leads to Hornbeam fruit sculpture.

There is a bench on the left after the hornbeam, this is the sixth of eight seats.

Seat There is a bench on the left after the hornbeam, this is the sixth of eight seats.

After hornbeam sculpture and bench the path rises with a gradient of 1:20 (5%) towards the west car park.

Gradient After hornbeam sculpture and bench the path rises with a gradient of 1:20 (5%) towards the west car park.

Sculpture of peasant woman and child on left.

Feature of Interest Sculpture of peasant woman and child on left.

Gradient up to car park for 10 metres is 1:20 (5%).

Gradient Gradient up to car park for 10 metres is 1:20 (5%).

Two benches at the west car park constitute the seventh of eight seats. Surface is gravel.

Seat Two benches at the west car park constitute the seventh of eight seats. Surface is gravel.

Information board on Broxbourne wood at west car park.

Information Information board on Broxbourne wood at west car park.

Two designated blue badge parking spaces at west car park.

Blue Badge parking bays Two designated blue badge parking spaces at west car park.

Take left turn when coming out of previous path into car park. Path starts flat with good, hard and even surface.

Direction Take left turn when coming out of previous path into car park. Path starts flat with good, hard and even surface.

Path descends after 5 metres with a gradient of 1:8 (12.5%).

Gradient Path descends after 5 metres with a gradient of 1:8 (12.5%).

Path bends to left with slight gradient less than 1:20 (5%).

Path Path bends to left with slight gradient less than 1:20 (5%).

Eighth and final seat is located after bend.

Seat Eighth and final seat is located after bend.

Sculpture of  herder and cattle.

Feature of Interest Sculpture of herder and cattle.

Path is flat after herder sculpture all the way to the east car park.

Path Path is flat after herder sculpture all the way to the east car park.

Surface is hard and even, composed of embedded stone for the duration between the two car parks.

Path Surface is hard and even, composed of embedded stone for the duration between the two car parks.

Path

End Route ends back at east car park.

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