NorthwoodBushey

Norbus one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

8km/5mi

Ascent

104m

Descent

117m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Northwood and Bushey.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Northwood and Bushey.

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This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 9

Surveys

What is this route like?

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Maybe present Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 50.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 12.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 12.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 12.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unsigned (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

30.0% of the route is on roads (1)

40.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

50.0% of the route is paved (1)

50.0% of the route is muddy (1)

50.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

10.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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4X October 2021 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Northwood
Grid Ref TQ0923791459
Lat / Lon 51.61138° / -0.42380°
Easting / Northing 509,237E / 191,459N
What3Words client.tries.riches
Bushey
Grid Ref TQ1302495274
Lat / Lon 51.64492° / -0.36790°
Easting / Northing 513,024E / 195,274N
What3Words length.quite.career

Norbus One's land is

Pasture 12.9%
Urban 66.1%
Woods 21.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Lwatson

25 Jun 2022 Summer

I walked from Bushey to Northwood. There were some standout sections - through Attenborough fields in Bushey and then through Oxhey Woods. Prestwick Road in South Oxhey may be difficult to cross in heavy traffic, but there is a traffic island near the route which I used to make it easier. At the Northwood end, the paths could get quite dark with the trees and fences on either side, and as the other reviewers mentioned do have a fair few nettles in places. There is probably a better route, particularly once you get beyond South Oxhey, but this one is at least easy to navigate and is a reasonable walk.


Derick Rethans

15 May 2022 Spring

I walked this from Bushey to Northwood. It starts off with some fields going uphill a little, and then there is a narrow and muddy section along the WCML. After crossin underneath you cross a golf course. The route takes you along Oxhey Drive, but there is a much nicer path north of it through the woods for a little while. This was probably the nicest section of the walk. After coming out of the woods it is then narrow passageways between two fences on a muddy path with lots of nettles. It might almost be better to go along the residential roads instead.


Strider

24 Oct 2021 Autumn

I walked from Bushey to Northwood. Generally downhill. After a short section at the beginning through open fields with cows the horizon rapidly narrowed. Little passageways between houses, then tunnels of trees through Oxhey woods and a long narrow passage down into Northwood. Very lovely on a sunny day but unlit and not for walking after dark. The paths are grassy, muddy, rutted, and the tarmac is in disrepair; fine underfoot but not good for wheels. Very narrow in places (50cm).


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