GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cole Green Way

5 miles (8 km)

Travel from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford along a disused railway line on this easy cycle or walk in Hertfordshire. The route follows National Cycle Network Route 61 on a flat, traffic free path. There's nice tree lined sections and views of the surrounding open countryside.
The route starts on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City and runs through Letty Green before finishing at Hertford.
The route links with the Ayot Greenway at Welwyn Garden City. It's a similar rail trail which runs to Wheathampstead along National Cycle Route 57. The Alban Way also runs from nearby Hatfield to St Albans. Walkers can pick up the Lea Valley Walk and enjoy a riverside stroll.
See the St Albans Cycle Routes page for more rides around the area.
See the National Cycle Route 61 page for details of the full route which runs from Maidenhead to Hoddesdon.

Cole Green Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cole Green Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Cowper Arms is located right on the route at Cole Green. The gastropub dates back to the 18th century and includes a large garden area to relax in. They serve a fine Sunday roast and have nice cosy open fire in the attractive interior.
You can find them at postcode SG14 2NL for your sat navs. There is also a picnic area near here.

Dog Walking

The tree lined path makes for a pleasant dog walk. The Cowper Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Photos

One of the entrance-exit points to the Cole Green Way - geograph.org.uk - 1321646

One of the entrance-exit points to the Cole Green Way

Cole Green picnic area - geograph.org.uk - 1330646

Cole Green picnic area. Part of the former station site, the picnic site is shown on O.S. maps but the dense tree cover makes it invisible on aerial mapping.

Remains of Cole Green station - geograph.org.uk - 7775

Remains of Cole Green station.

Cole Green picnic area - geograph.org.uk - 1330646

Cole Green picnic area. Part of the former station site

Cole Green, The Well - geograph.org.uk - 480737

Cole Green. This area is located just north of the route and includes this attractive green. The stone structure is the former village well, now sealed up but with the remains of the metal pulley wheel and support still in place.

The Cowper Arms on Station Road, Cole Green - geograph.org.uk - 4540676

The Cowper Arms on Station Road, Cole Green

Hertingfordbury, St Mary's Lane railway bridge - geograph.org.uk - 723941

Hertingfordbury, St Mary's Lane railway bridge. The long since dismantled Welwyn to Hertford railway crossed St Mary's Lane by means of this simple but rather graceful bridge. The clearance is 11' 3".

-2021-05-23 Hertford Viaduct, Hertfordshire, England

Hertford Viaduct carries the Hertford Loop Line over the River Mimram, a tributary of the River Lea, betweenHertfordand Hertingfordbury in the county of Hertfordshire, England. This structure is located near the eastern end of the route.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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