GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Redbourn Walks

4 miles (6.7 km)

This rural Hertfordshire based village is located just a few miles west of Harpenden. There's some nice riverside trails along the River Ver and a significant local rail trail to stretch your legs on. There's also some fine pubs to relax in after your exercise.
This pleasant waterside walk from the town takes you along a section of the Ver-Colne Valley Walk to Redbournbury Mill. The route then proceeds to St Albans where you can visit the historic Verulamium Park next to the river.
The walk starts in the town centre where you can pick up the Ver-Colne Valley Walk and follow the waymarked footpath south Redbournbury Mill and the Ford. This Grade II listed flour mill is surrounded by attractive water meadows where you can look out forkingfishers, herons, water voles,little egret and red kites. You can also pick up detailed of signed walking trails from the mill.
The route continues past the picturesque Shafford Mill before coming to St Albans and Verulamium Park. The attractive park has a fascinating history stretching back 2000 years. It is named after theRomancity ofVerulamiumon which it now stands.

Postcode

AL3 7ND - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Redbourn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Redbourn Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Hollybush is a fine place for some post walk refreshment. The 16th century pub does a fine Sunday roast and has a nice garden area to the rear. You can find them at postcode AL3 7DU.
There's also the Cricketer's which is in a lovely spot overlooking Redbourn Common. They also serve high quality food and can be found at postcode AL3 7ND.

Dog Walking

The trails make for a fine dog walk and the two pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The popular Nicky Line passes through the town. This shared cycling and walking trail can be followed along the old railway to nearby Harpenden or Hemel Hempstead.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hertfordshire Walks page.

Photos

Redbourn Cricket Club - geograph.org.uk - 142579

Redbourn Cricket Club. This picturesque view was taken looking northwards across the common towards Redbourn Cricket Club's pitch. The club was formed about 1823, but organised cricket was played on Redbourn Common here some eighty years earlier, and some County histories record cricket being played on the Common in 1666. This all makes the Club one of the oldest village clubs in England.

Redbourn, The River Red - geograph.org.uk - 142299

Redbourn: The River Red. The River Red, after which Redbourn is named, flows through West Common and is a major tributary of the River Ver. Viewed here looking upstream and westwards towards Hemel Hempstead Road.

Redbournbury watermill - geograph.org.uk - 370774

Redbournbury watermill. This mill was rebuilt completely after a fire, and now once more mills wheat to make flour, although the lack of water in the river Ver means that it now uses electricity rather than waterpower

The ford by Redbournbury Farm - geograph.org.uk - 1328556

The ford by Redbournbury Farm. This is where the River Ver crosses Redbournbury Lane. The road continues from the ford as Beesonend Lane but traffic is no longer allowed through the ford as it is often too deep.

Hertfordshire Way near Redbournbury - geograph.org.uk - 1414364

Hertfordshire Way near Redbournbury

GOC Redbourn 053 Shafford Mill, St Michael (24118824366)

GOC Redbourn 053 Shafford Mill, St Michael

GOC Redbourn 065 Woodland near the River Ver (24082320351)

GOC Redbourn 065 Woodland near the River Ver

St Albans, The Lake in Verulamium Park - geograph.org.uk - 1347000

St Albans, The Lake in Verulamium Park

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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