Know before you go
Parking informationThere is a council owned car park – Ermine Street ‘Martin’s Green’ car park – off of Cock Lane, Broxbourne.
Butterfly Trail/Sculpture Trail in Broxbourne Woods; River to Wood Trail (starts in Lee Valley Regional Park); Hertfordshire Way; Hertfordshire Chain Walk
The site is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies due to uneven ground.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This reserve is surrounded by rich history – the site is bounded by the major Roman road, Ermine Street, and by the north end of Martin’s Green. The damp meadow at the centre of the site supports a rich variety of wildflowers, including valerian and agrimony, with devil’s-bit scabious found in the damp eastern section of the reserve. Butterflies are abundant in the
summer and include the white admiral.
Spring: Common lizard, slow worm, wood anemone.
Summer: Broad-leaved helleborine, purple emperor.
Autumn/ Winter: Bracket fungi, hawfinch.
Site entrance: From ‘Martin’s Green’ car park off Cock Lane, walk down the track from the car park for 200 yards to the reserve entrance. There is also access to the site from Hoddesdon Park Wood along the Hertfordshire Way.
Access by road: From Hoddesdon head towards Broxbourne on A1170, turn right at Cock Lane roundabout and follow road for 1.5 miles. The reserve and car park is on the right.
Access by public transport
Bus: 310, 341, 392, 410, 411, 641 to Hoddeston Clock Tower (2.3 miles).
Rail: Broxbourne (2.4 miles).