Whippendell Wood

Whippendell Wood comprises of 165 acres of ancient woodland located close to Cassiobury Park.  It can be accessed from the park by means of a public footpath crossing through the West Herts Golf Club or from Rousebarn Lane.

Since 1954 Whippendell Wood has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the woodland habitats present and its location in a predominantly urban and agricultural setting.

The area is well known for its impressive collection of bluebells.  The Watford 10K race, styled as ‘the bluebell run’, which takes place on the May Day bank holiday of each year passes through the woods when the display is at its best.

Note that in November and December 2013 forestry work is being carried out in the woods,

including on the slope below the Rousebarn Lane car parks 

Whippendell Wood bluebell display in Spring

More photos of the Whippendell Bluebells

At several locations in the wood large bomb craters from the second world war are clearly visible.

Sections of Star Wars Episode 1 were filmed in the woods due to the close proximity of the Woods to Leavesden Film Studios.