Hemel HempsteadWatford

Hemwat one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Hemel Hempstead and Watford.

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Hemel Hempstead
Grid Ref TL0430605947
Lat / Lon 51.74253° / -0.49066°
Easting / Northing 504,306E / 205,947N
What3Words grew.pool.major
Grid Ref TQ1137096101
Lat / Lon 51.65268° / -0.39153°
Easting / Northing 511,370E / 196,101N
What3Words clip.opera.flown

Hemwat One's land is

Green urban 9.0%
Pasture 14.6%
Urban 76.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



26 Jun 2021 Summer

I walked this route from Watford to Hemel. For the most part, this is a lovely walk, although there is one major problem; it crosses a fast and busy road where there is no crossing available. There is no pavement on the other side of the road either, meaning that I had to go a slightly different route to get to the canal, and that somebody going the other direction may not have been able to cross (particularly at busy times). Other route options include:
-Carrying on down Hempstead Road (the quiet one) until the end, and then crossing the busy road and continuing down the (wide and reasonably safe) footpath until reaching the canal - this is the route I ended up taking
-Taking the first path off Hempstead Road and walking down Grove Mill Lane until reaching the canal - however be aware that there is no pavement
-Avoiding Watford Junction Station altogether, and continuing down the High Street, down through Cassiobury Park and turning right down the canal (this is probably the safest solution but is quite a large detour from the route as shown)
Apart from the difficulty crossing Hempstead Road (the busy one), this is generally a very easy and pleasant route to walk, particularly after reaching the canal. Plenty of opportunity to pause and watch the wildlife too!.

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