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Discover the faerie doors in Mymmshall Wood

Photograph of faerie door in Mymmshall Wood by North Mymms News

Wooden doors, the size of a human hand, have been placed at the base of trees in a North Mymms woods. They are visible from a public byway that runs between Mymmshall Wood and Hawkshead Wood. Some have references to ancient and modern mythology. Other less elaborate doors appear to have been added along the way. 

The doors are on the route of Walk 51: Mymmshall Wood Loop, a three-mile circular on our Hertfordshire Walker site. You can find them up the hill from point 5 in the walk directions.

One has the sign “Orpheus’ Underworld Faerie Fun Palace”. Orpheus was one of the handful of Greek mythological characters to visit ‘the Underworld’ and return.  The door has been carefully carved to fit into the gap at the trunk of a tree.

Painted on the door is the sign “Eat at Charon’s Bar & Grill”. Charon appears in Greek mythology and Roman mythology and is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls from the world of the living to the world of the dead. 

Another sign reads “Visit the Cerberus Petting Zoo”. In Greek mythology Cerberus is a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving.

Photograph of faerie door in Mymmshall Wood by North Mymms News

Another door has the sign “The Faerie Seamstresses Guild” with the Latatian phrase “Nil Volvpti Sine Lvcre” underneath.

This is a reference to the modern mythology created by the late Sir Terry Pratchett in Discworld. The words above the door to the Seamstresses’ Guild, which features in Discworld, translate as “No pleasure without payment”.

Photograph of faerie door in Mymmshall Wood by North Mymms News

One door has the sign “Wheywood Faerie Education Centre”.  Anyone who knows what this is a reference to can add a comment at the foot of this article. 

Other handcrafted doors have also appeared along the track. 

Photograph of faerie door in Mymmshall Wood by North Mymms News

Photograph of faerie door in Mymmshall Wood by North Mymms News

If you want to visit the doors park off Swanland Road (grid ref TL 22957 03154), cross the footbridge over the A1(M), take restricted byway 3 and head west then south-west uphill into the woodland. The doors start appearing close to grid reference TL 21981 02578.

Map of faerie doors location in Mymmshall Wood by North Mymms News


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