From your description of the area and given that it's springtime, it seems entirely possible the geese are nesting in the brush on either side of the path. In that case I would avoid attempting to go around them by leaving the path and instead stick to the path or areas of good visilbility as much as possible.
I was once surrounded by angry geese and managed to get out the situation my moving very slowly and deliberately while clapping my hands in front of me. The geese slowly backed off and let me through. I would think a similar approach would work for less aggressive geese who just happen to be setting up shop in the middle of the path.
I was walking on a paved walkway along a river, I had headphones in and was looking down at the path as I went, when I rather suddenly became aware that I was virtually surrounded by angry geese.
There were 5 or 6 large male geese spread around me on all sides, with their wings raised and beaks open, hissing angrily. Just beyond them were groups of juveniles and females, both on, off and all around the path. I froze on the spot and looked back the way I had come, it looked just about as hazardous as the path forward, somehow I'd strolled right into the middle of the flock. Taking in the scene I realised that if these animals were smart enough to attack at once, they would probably win the fight.
With the path I had followed looking just as hazardous as the one ahead, I decided to keep going on my current direction of travel. I very slowly
stood up very straight, extended my arms in front on me and started to clap loudly, and I combined that with very slow, deliberate steps in my direction of travel. What I found was that the male geese slowly backed off as I approached, maintaining their attack posture and hissing the entire time, while the females and juveniles slowly shuffled off the path and kept themselves somewhat behind the males.
This approach matches some of the steps outlined in the other answer, in terms of keeping an eye on the geese, appearing threatening, and not backing down or turning away.