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 Hertfordshire Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Alban Way6 miles (9 km)Follow the disused Hatfield to St Albans railway line on this route from St Albans to Hatfield. It is a shared cycle and walk path and makes for an easy and safe stroll or ride.
Aldenham Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy 100 acres of woodland and parkland adjacent to a 60 acre lake at this splendid park near Elstree/Borehamwood. The park also has a rare breeds farm, pony rides and nature walks. The lakeside trail also makes for a lovely, peaceful cycle ride.
Ashridge Boundary Trail16 miles (26 km)This walk takes you on a tour of the National Trust owned Ashridge Estate in the Chiltern Hills. The estate consists of 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife.
The walk starts at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre next to the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater. You can climb the monument for fabulous panoramic views of the estate before starting the circular tour of the beautiful grounds.
Highlights on the walk include the Golden Valley to the north-east of Ashridge house which was created by famous landscape gardener Capability Brown in the 18th century. You will also visit Ivinghoe Beacon, with its splendid views of the Vale of Aylesbury and Dunstable Downs.
Chess Valley Walk10 miles (16 km)Follow the River Chess through the Chess Valley on this delightful trail through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
You start at Chesham Station passing Latimer, Chenies and Loudwater before finishing at Rickmansworth Station. This is a nice easy waterside walk with plenty of attractive countryside and a series of quiet little villages to enjoy. It is also easily accessible with train stations at either end. Route highlights include the Grade I listed Chenie Manor House with its beautiful gardens and the splendid grounds of the Chorleywood House Estate near Loudwater.
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Chiltern Heritage Trail51 miles (82 km)Travel through the Chilterns Hills on this splendid circular walk and visit numerous delightful hamlets, villages and towns in Buckinghamshire. The walk begins at Chesham and passes Amersham, Chenies, Chorleywood, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Great Missenden.
Highlights on the walk include the splendid Chenies Manor House and Gardens. Located in the village of Chenies the estate is highly recommended with its enchanting Tudor Manor House and award winning gardens.
Near Chalfont St Peter you will find the fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum. The museum rescues and restores common English buildings from the Chilterns and relocates them to its 45-acre site, which includes woodland and parkland.
At Chalfont St Giles you will find John Milton's cottage where the famous poet completed Paradise Lost. Now a musuem it houses an extensive collection of his works and also includes a Grade II Registered Historic Garden.
Also of interest is the 13th century St Mary's Church and the award winning Amersham Musuem. As well as the sequence of interesting historical attractions there is some beautiful countryside and a long waterside stretch along the River Chess from Chesham to Chenies to enjoy.
Chiltern Way124 miles (200 km)This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, the edge of Marlow, Hambleden, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden. The main attractions on the route are the series of delightful villages with their ancient churches, pretty village greens and fascinating museums. The Chilterns countryside is also beautiful with rivers, canals and the rolling hills to enjoy.
The walk is waymarked with yellow and white disc.
Colne Valley Trail7 miles (11 km)Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling.
The trails follows the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne while also passing a series of pretty Lakes including Lynsters, Stocker's and Batchworth Lake. The trail finishes at Batchworth Lake by the car park in Rickmansworth.
Dollis Valley Green Walk11 miles (17 km)This pleasant walk takes you from Mill Hill near Edgware in North London to the edge of Hampstead Heath along the Dollis Brook. You will pass through Moat Mount Nature Reserve and Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve on this flat easy walk through North London.
Ebury Way3 miles (5 km)This is an easy short cycle and walking route ideal for families. It runs along NCN route 61 and a dismantled railway line from Ricksmanworth to Watford and passes through a variety of habitats, including open moor, woodland, and wetlands. The trail crosses a number of waterways including the rivers Colne, Chess and Gade and the Grand Union Canal.
Please click here for a pdf guide from watford council
Grand Union Canal Walk145 miles (234 km)Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk. You start in West London in a lively and attractive area with canalside bars and restaurants, before heading towards the Chiltern Hills, on through rural Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and into the Birmingham suburbs. Highlights include
  • Little Venice - the start of the walk in West London with trendy bars/cafes and historical old factories and warehouses
  • Iron Trunk Aqueduct - a magnificent Georgian structure, which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse, connecting the villages of Cosgrove and Wolverton
  • Hatton Locks - located near Warwick, this flight delivers 21 locks in less than two miles
  • The Canal Museum - located at the lovely village of Stoke Bruerne the museum houses stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways.
Greenwich to Cheshunt21 miles (34 km)Follow NCN route 1 on this plesant ride or walk through north London into Hertfordshire. You start by the Thames at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and crosses to the Isle of Dogs via the Greenwich tunnel. This section gives splendid views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf.
Shortly after leaving the Thames behind you will come onto the Lee Valley path which will take you along the Regent's canal and through Tower Hamlets and Victoria Park. You then join the River Lee near Lea Bridge for some more waterside riding. The off road path then takes you past various Reservoirs until you reach the lovely Lee Valley Park - London's largest open space. After going through the park you will soon pass close to Waltham Abbey in Essex before you arrive at the finish point at Cheshunt station next to Cheshunt lake.
Hatfield Park6 miles (9 km)Explore the extensive grounds of Hatfield House on this lovely walk in Hertfordshire. The park is perfect for walking with a number of well maintained paths and three well defined routes:
The Blue Walk - (2 miles / 3.2 kilometres / 50 minutes)
The Red Walk (3.2 miles / 5.2 kilometres / 90 minutes)
The Green Walk (1.1 mile / 1.8 kilometres / 30 minutes)
You can pick up an information leaflet from the Gift Shop or Kiosk.
The park boasts extensive woodlands, a deer park and views of the River Lee.
Hertfordshire Chain Walk39 miles (62 km)The Hertfordshire Chain Walk is a series of circular walks running through Hertfordshire. This route is a combination of these walks, forming a linear route which runs from Enfield in London, through Hertfordshire to Ashwell & Morden Station in Cambridgeshire.
The walk begins at Crews Hill Station in Enfield and heads towards Welwyn Garden City, passing through Whitewebbs Country Park, Derry's Wood and Wormley Wood Nature Reserve on the way. Near Welwyn you cross the River Mimram, before passing through Bramfield Woods on your way to Watton at Stone, crossing the River Beane on your way. The final section then takes you through Cottered and Kelshall before finishing at Ashwell & Morden Station.
This walk gives super views of the flat lands of Cambridgshire while also visiting a series of delightful Hertfordshire parks, woods and nature reserves.
Hertfordshire Way166 miles (267 km)Explore some of the finest countryside and prettiest towns and villages in this fascinating county. The path is circular, visiting Ashridge Forest, St Albans, Hetford, Codicote, Tring, King's Langley, Cuffley and Bishop's Stortford. There's also some lovely scenery to enjoy with much of the walk taking place with the Chiltern Hills in the background. Places of interest include the beautiful Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted (video below) and Shaw's Corner - the former residence of playwright Bernard Shaw located at Ayot St Lawrence, near Welwyn. The Friends of the Hertfordshire way have split the walk into the following manageable sections, each of about 12 miles in length:

Royston to Wallington 11.1 miles
Wallington to Willian (Letchworth) 11.4 miles
Willian to Codicote 11.8 miles
Codicote to St. Albans 12.6 miles
St. Albans to Markyate 11.0 miles
Markyate to Tring Station 10.9 miles
Tring Station to Kings Langley 15.0 miles
Kings Langley to Shenley 12.8 miles
Shenley to Cuffley 11.5 miles
Cuffley to Hertford 12.6 miles
Hertford to Broxbourne 12.0 miles
Broxbourne to Hertford 12.5 miles
Hertford to Widford 13.6 miles
Widford to Bishop's Stortford 11.1 miles
Bishop's Stortford to Hare Street 11.4 miles
Hare Street to Royston 12.7 miles

The walk is waymarked with a green sign featuring the head of a deer.
Icknield Way Path110 miles (177 km)The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways.
John Bunyan Trail77 miles (124 km)Follow in the footsteps of John Bunyan, the Puritan Evangelist and author of the book 'Pilgrim's Progress'. The walk visits many historic villages associated with Bunyan. It starts at Streatley and visits Sharpenhoe,Harlington, Westoning, Steppingley, Flitwick, Ampthill, Millbrook, Ridgmont, Cranfield, Bromham, Stevington, Pavenham, Oakley, Clapham, Bedford, Elstow, Shefford, Meppershall, Shillington, Hexton and Barton le Clay before returning to Streatley. There's some beautiful Bedfordshire countryside to enjoy including Sharpenhoe Clappers, the Barton Hills and views of the Chiltern Hills for much of the walk.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring a silhouette of John Bunyan.
Kingfisher Way21 miles (34 km)This is a delightful walk along the River Ivel from Baldock to Roxton. You start off at the source of the river at Ivel springs, Baldock, and follow the river north through Stotfold, Henlow, Langford, Biggleswade, Sandy and Blunham.
Walk highlights are the series of pretty, riverside villages with historic churches and watermills. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the Henlow Common and Langford Meadow Nature Reserve at Langford. This 50 acre reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and consists of grassland, scrubland, native trees, bushes and a running stream.
Also of interest is the Warren Villas Nature Reserve where there is also a plethora of water loving wildlife. The reserve features an island lake, home to wintering wildfowl and in summer breeding terns. The reserve is on route and situated just to the north of Biggleswade.
Other highlights include the 17th century Henlow Grange and park which is now used as a health and beauty farm visited by the rich and famous.
Knebworth Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)A walk through the delightful country park surrounding Knebworth House in Stevenage. The park consists of 250 acres of rolling hills with ancient chestnut and lime avenues. There are also herds of Red and Sika deer to look out for.
Lea Valley Walk53 miles (85 km)A super walk with a series of delightful waterside sections along the River Lea. The walk runs from Leagrave, the source of the River Lea near Luton, to the Thames at Limehouse Basin, east London. You follow a riverside path for much of the way through, Luton, Hatfield, Hertford and Cheshunt with a swan emblem clearly waymarking the walk. The walk passes Nature Reserves, pretty riverside villages and also includes a section through the fantastic Lee Valley Park - London's largest open space.
London Loop149 miles (240 km)Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. You start at Erith, on the River Thames and pass through Crayford, Orpington, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford and Upminster Bridge before finishing back on the River Thames at Purfleet, opposite Erith.
The walk has been divided into 24 manageable sections as follows:
Erith
Old Bexley
Petts Wood
West Wickham Common Hamsey Green
Coulsdon South
Banstead Downs
Ewell
Kingston Bridge
Hatton Cross
Hayes
Uxbridge
Harefield
Moor Park
Hatch End
Elstree
Cockfosters
Enfield Lock
Chingford
Chigwell
Havering-atte-Bower
Harold Wood
Upminster Bridge
Rainham

The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a kestrel
New River Path28 miles (45 km)Follow the man made New River from Hertford to Islington on this easy waterside walk. There's much to enjoy on this walk including regular views of the River Lea and riverside Nature Reserves. The walk passes through Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Enfield and Finsbury park with urban sections towards the end of the walk.
Nicky Line-Hemel-Hempstead to Harpenden8 miles (13 km)This short off road cycle or walking route runs along the Nicky Line - a disused railway track running from Hemel Hempstead to Harpenden.
This is a nice safe and easy route making it ideal for a family ride.
Stanborough Park2 miles (2.5 km)Explore 126 acres of countryside park on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City at Stanborough Park in Hertfordshire. Attractions include a Watersports Centre, Nature trail, Lakes, a Restaurant and a Coffee Shop.
Stevenage Outer Orbital Path27 miles (43 km)This well maintained walking path circles Stevenage in Hertfordshire. It is easily accessible from Stevenage via 8 linked paths and is waymarked throughout.
The STOOP circuit passes through Graveley,Walkern, the Beane Valley, Datchworth,  Woolmer Green, Knebworth Park, St Ippollitts, Little Wymondley and back to Graveley, using local footpaths and bridleways. 
One of the highlights of the walk is the delightful Knebworth House. Famous for its music concerts you will also find a fine stately home surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Stort Valley Way28 miles (45 km)A lovely circular walk around Harlow, Nazeing and Roydon.
The path runs along the River Stort from Roydon and then onto Harlow and Sawbridgeworth. This section involves some easy riverside walking and a series of pretty locks. The route then heads through Matching Park, Harlow Park and Latton Park before heading back to Roydon through Bumble's Green and Nazeing.
Three Forests Way60 miles (96 km)This circular walk links three fine forests in the Essex/Hertfordshire area - Hatfield Forest, Hainault Forest and Epping Forest. The walk passes Harlow, Loughton, the Roding Valley, Arbidge, Chipping Ongar and Chigwell. All three forests have long peaceful walking paths while the route also includes a splendid waterside section along the River Stort near Harlow.
Ver-Colne Valley Walk15 miles (24 km)Follow the rivers Ver and Colne on this waterside walk through Hertfordshire.
The walk starts at Redbourn and follows the River Ver to the historic town of St Albans with its impressive cathedral and delightful riverside park and lake. The path continues south, joining the river Colne for the final stretch into Watford.
This walk has much to enjoy including, lakes, weirs and numerous species of river dwelling wildlife.
Watling Chase Timberland Trail10 miles (16 km)Follow the Watling Chase Timberland Trail through the Watling Chase Community Forest on this historical path used by travellers for at least two thousand years.
The walk starts at Elstree and Borehamwood Station and heads north to Shenley where you will pass though the pretty Shenley park. This 45 acre park boasts woodlands, a wildflower meadow and an apple orchard. Also at Shenley you will find the Shenley Cricket Centre with its 19th century pavillion designed by W.G Grace. The path then heads to London Colney, joining the River Colne which leads you to the picturesque Colney Heath and then onto the finish point at Smallford, near St Albans and Hatfield.
Click here for a pdf guide from Hertfordshire CC.




 Hertfordshire Walking Links
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Chilterns AONBAll about this stunning area of protected countryside only a few miles north west of London. With rolling hills, magnificent beechwoods and charming villages it's a great place to explore.
East Herts CCTours and trails in the area
Herts CCWalking and Cycling pages

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