The Gibberd Garden is on Marsh Lane, which is a turning off Gilden Way, the B183 from Harlow to Sheering and Hatfield Heath.
Satnav reference is CM17 0NA
Grid Reference TL48368-12519
Directions from M11 (J7)
Take A414 towards Hertford. Go through three roundabouts and turn right at the fourth (B183 to Hatfield Heath, Brown sign). Continue straight through two more roundabouts, when you will come upon a quarter mile straight road (Gilden Way). At the end of this straight there is a brown sign on the right pointing left to Marsh Lane and the entrance to the Garden.
Directions from A1060 Chelmsford/Bishops Stortford road
In Hatfield Heath turn left (from Chelmsford) or right (from Bishops Stortford) onto B183 towards Sheering. Go through Sheering, cross the M11 and follow the road through a number of S bends. You will eventually see a brown sign on the left pointing right to Marsh Lane and the entrance to the Garden.
Harlow Mill Station
– Two Walking Routes
The nearest station is HARLOW MILL on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line. It is just over two miles walk, via roads, if you head south through Old Harlow village and then east along the B153 on the south side of the new Gilden Way housing estate.
As of August 2019 there is a shorter (1.6 km), pleasant rural route, but be aware sections can be wet and muddy after rain:
For passengers from Liverpool Street: Cross tracks by footbridge and exit station by main building.
For passengers from Cambridge: Walk up the platform and exit station by main building.
Turn left out of station building, walk past cycle racks, and take pedestrian tunnel under the road.
Take first turning on the left into The Hoo, past green lamp post marked “No Ball Games”. Walk up The Hoo, ignoring turnings on your right. Just past a convenience store on your left, you will reach Old Road.
Cross Old Road. Turn left and walk over the railway bridge. Turn right shortly into Wheatfields with the White Horse pub on your left. Go through the kissing gate on the left. After 20 metres, the path diverges. Do not enter the field. Take the path to the right towards a large fir hedge. Walk a short distance down this narrow path with the gardens of the Wheatfield houses on your right. Cross the wooden footbridge and walk along the edge of the field, with the railway track on your right. After approx. 500 metres, you will see the railway tunnel to your right. Walk through this (sometimes difficult after prolonged rainfall). The Gibberd Garden is visible shortly through the trees on your left. Walk straight UP this lane for about 400 metres, past the gate with the eagles and onto the next gate which is the main entrance to the Gibberd Garden.
Bus service from Harlow Town
There is only one bus service along Gilden Way, the No.59 Harlow/Chelmsford route, which leaves the bus station in Harlow at 15 minutes past the hour, arriving at Marsh Lane approximately half past the hour. The walk from the Marsh lane bus stop to the Garden is approximately half a mile. The return service passes Marsh Lane at approximately 10 minutes to the hour, arriving back at the bus station at about 5 minutes past the hour.
There is no direct service from Harlow Town Railway Station to the Garden, but there is a frequent service from the train station to the bus station in the centre of Harlow
Walking/Cycle Route from Old Harlow
From January 2021 a walking and cycle route through the new Gilden Way estate is open from Old Road in Old Harlow to a point on Marsh lane about 500m. from the Gibberd Garden entrance. The route is designed for mixed pedestrian/cycle use and partially paved, with work underway to complete unpaved sections in January 2021. There is clear signage in both directions.
Cross Old Road to connect to an existing, signed public footpath that leads to the Victoria Hall on St John’s Ave., very close to the centre of Old Harlow