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|Alban Way||6 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 Park||3 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 Trail||16 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.
|Ayot Greenway||5 miles (7.5 km)||Follow this disused railway line from Wheathampstead to Welwyn Garden City on this easy cycle or walk in Hertfordshire. It's a nice flat, traffic free path making it ideal for families or beginners looking for an easy cycle ride. Along the way there's good views of the River Lea and a woodland section through Sherrardspark Wood at the end of the route. The woods are also a nature reserve with lots of birdlife and butterflies to look out for.|
If you're on foot you can extend your walk by picking up the Lea Valley Walk which runs alongside the greenway. If you're on a bike then you could head east to Hertford from Welwyn Garden City along the Cole Green Way. It's another similar rail trail along National Cycle Network Route 61.
|Cassiobury Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy an easy circular walk around this large park in Watford. There's 190 acres to explore with good footpaths and a section along the Grand Union Canal Walk at the western end of the park. There's also a waymarked nature trail where you can look out for a variety of wildlife including Herons, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Butterflies, Bats, Dragonflies, Newts and Snakes. The western end of the park, near the canal, is also a designated nature reserve. Look out for flycatchers, redwings and fieldfares. |
Cycling is also permitted in the park on designated paths.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could head a mile west to the ancient woodland of Whippendell Woods. Also nearby is Chipperfield Common where you'll find waymarked, woodland walking trails to try.
|Chess Valley Walk||10 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 Trail||51 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 Way||124 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.
|Chipperfield Common||1 miles (1.5 km)||The 117 acre common in Chippefield has some waymarked woodland walking trails. Features on the common include eight veteran Spanish sweet chestnut trees, two early Bronze Age burial mounds and the Apostles Pond which is surrounded by willow trees. After your walk you can enjoy a stroll around the pretty village of Chipperfield with its nice pubs, cricket pavilion, war memorial, village green and old churches.|
To extend your walking in the area you could pick up the Grand Union Canal towards Hemel Hempstead or Watford. The Chess Valley Walk also passes to the south of Chipperfield, near Sarrat and Chenies.
|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.
|Colne Valley Trail||7 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 Walk||11 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 Way||3 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
|Fairlands Valley Park||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk through this popular park in Stevenage. There are several pretty lakes with waterside cycling and walking paths to enjoy.|
|Grand Union Canal Walk||145 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
|Greenwich to Cheshunt||21 miles (34 km)||Follow NCN route 1 on this pleasant 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.
|Harcamlow Way||141 miles (227 km)||This long distance walk takes you to some of the most beautiful countryside, interesting historical sites and delightful country parks in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.|
The route is a figure-of-eight, starting in Harlow and first heading to Saffron Walden where you will pass the splendid Jacobean mansion and gardens at Audley End. You continue through the Bartlow Hills, Horseheath, the Fleam Dyke and Milton Country Park to Cambridge. You return passing along the Wimpole Way where you pass the splendid Wimpole Hall and park. This 17th century country house has 3,000 acres (12 km²) of parkland and farmland and is owned by the National Trust. You continue through Melbourn and Chrishall to Newport, and then on to Debden, Thaxted and Takeley. You then pass through Hatfield Forest with over 1000 acres of footpaths and resident deer before returning to Harlow at the end of the route.
|Hatfield Park||6 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.
|Heartwood Forest||3 miles (5 km)||This large forest near St Albans has some fine cycling and walking trails to try. The forest includes over half a million trees, ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and miles of waymarked walks. There's also bridleways suitable for mountain biking. It's great in the spring with carpets of bluebells and lots of wildlife to look out for. This includes barn owls, tawny owls, kestrels and 27 species of butterfly. There is also a community orchard with apple and pears trees plus an arboretum which, once fully grown, will be the only one known in the UK to contain all 57 of our native tree species. |
There's three waymarked walks to try all of which are fairly easy and of similar lengths. These take place on a mixture of surfaced tracks and grassy paths.
You can park at the car park near the village of Sandridge to start your walk. The bridleways can also be picked up from the High Street in the village.
The area includes Langley Wood and Pudler's Wood with Nomansland Common just to the north. If you are on a bike please keep to the marked bridleways.
The forest is located near to a number of excellent cycling and walking trails. If you head north towards Wheathampstead you can pick up the Ayot Greenway. This rail trail will take you to Welwyn Garden City on a marked National Cycle Route. You can also pick up the Lea Valley Walk and enjoy a riverside stroll.
|Hertfordshire Chain Walk||39 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 Way||166 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:|
The walk is waymarked with a green sign featuring the head of a deer.
|Icknield Way Path||110 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 Trail||77 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 Way||21 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 Park||3 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 Walk||53 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 Loop||149 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:
West Wickham Common Hamsey Green
The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a kestrel
|New River Path||28 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 Harpenden||8 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.
|Sherrardspark Wood||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around these pleasant woods near Welwyn Garden City. There's lots of footpaths for walkers and bridleways for cyclists to try. The area is great for wildlife. Look out for nuthatches, treecreepers, woodpeckers, thrushes, robins, tits and wrens. You may also see Muntjac Deer and foxes.|
The Ayot Greenway runs through the woods so you can extend your exercise on this great rail trail.
|Stanborough Park||2 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 Path||27 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 Way||28 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 Way||60 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.|
|Tring Reservoirs||5 miles (8.5 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk around these pretty reservoirs in Hertfordshire. The four reservoirs include Startops End, Marsworth, Tringford and Wilstone. They are fantastic for birdwatching with visitors including grebes, bitterns, peregrine falcon, pied flycatcher and ringed plovers. |
This circular walk starts at the village of Marsworth and takes you around the reservoirs on a series of footpaths before returning along the Grand Union Canal. It's a nice easy walk with many waterside sections.
The walk can be extended by picking up the Aylesbury Ring or Grand Union Canal Walk which run through the area.
|Ver-Colne Valley Walk||15 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 Trail||10 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.
|Whippendell Woods||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 165 acres of ancient woodland on this circular walk through Whippendell Woods in Watford. There are a series of good trails to follow with an avenue of lime trees dating back to 1672. Other trees include oak, beech, ash and silver birch. In the spring months the woods are covered with huge numbers of pretty bluebells. |
The area is also very good for wildlife spotting. Look out for birds such as woodpeckers, tawny owls and sparrow hawks. Other creatures you might see include bats, badgers and deer.
The woods were used as the location for The Gungan Forest in Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace. The video on the page shows scenes from the film.
This walk starts at the car park, just off Grove Mill Lane and takes you on a circuit around the outskirts of the wood.
It's easy to extend your walk if you have time. You can head a mile east to the nearby Cassiobury Park crossing the Grand Union Canal on the way. Also nearby is Chipperfield Common where you'll find waymarked, woodland walking trails to try.