HatfieldWelwyn Garden City

Hatwel one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

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Grid Ref TL2326608757
Lat / Lon 51.76394° / -0.21519°
Easting / Northing 523,266E / 208,757N
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Welwyn Garden City
Grid Ref TL2394412898
Lat / Lon 51.80101° / -0.20389°
Easting / Northing 523,944E / 212,898N
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Hatwel One's land is

Other agricultural land 27.6%
Urban 71.1%
Woods 1.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



16 Apr 2023 Spring

I walked this from Welwyn Garden to Hatfield.

The Welwyn half was fairly dull, with walking essentially one main road for a long time (Broadwater / Chequers). Broadwater particularly is fairly depressing in my opinion, with the new apartments going up there; it feels like a commuter wasteland. However, once you get to Chequers, if you walk on the other side of the road than the route, it does become pleasanter (map pictured below). If you're adventurous at the end of Chequers you can also walk a very brambly (not really a) path along a little stream (also pictured).

After that, I enjoyed it quite a lot. Particularly the last stretch into old Hatfield, where the modernist Park Meadow Estate was very nice.

Would you walk it again?
Yes I think so. Though if I wanted a slightly longer but nicer walk to Hatfield, I would walk down Parkway in WGC to Stanborugh Lakes and use the route from there.

Would you suggest it to others?
Yes I would, although I'd also suggest the Parkway alternative just mentioned.

Is it reasonably safe?
Yes although I probably wouldn't do the more rural sections in the dark (but that's obvious).

Is it reasonably accurate?
Yes, although as others have mentioned, the cut across the field at Woodhall Farm isn't there, or at least when the field has been ploughed.

Does it have access issues?
At WGC station, there are stairs from the railway bridge.

Heather S.

01 Jan 2023 Winter

For what this path is - a direct route between two reasonably populated towns - it is fine. Most of it is on easy to navigate cycle paths near the roadside with only one small stretch through the countryside. As mentioned the path directly across the field shown on maps is not visible, but a detour is easy. After several days of rain parts were flooded but still traversable.

Derick Rethans

19 Feb 2022 Winter

This was an easy to follow route. The walk north out of Hatfield was a little tricky to follow, and the busy road just north of Hatfield was not that great. Once between the busy road and Hatfield Hyde it was nice, although muddy and up hill. The path through the field (along a public footpath) wasn't accessible as it wasn't clearer, so I had to walk around the field which added a bit of time. It is definitely a good an easy enough to follow route.

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