Potters BarWhetstone

Potwhe one
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Distance

9km/6mi

Ascent

100m

Descent

80m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Potters Bar and Whetstone.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Potters Bar and Whetstone.

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This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 7

Surveys

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DescriptionNote
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)
Not 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)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

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)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not 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)
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)
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)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey 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 Remove 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 130.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 10.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 12.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 4.0% (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.

40.0% 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)

40.0% of the route is muddy (1)

15.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

15.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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1 surveys

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4X December 2021 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

Total length

Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Potters Bar
Grid RefTL2503801392
Lat / Lon 51.69736° / -0.19216°
Easting / Northing525,038E / 201,392N
What3Wordsspray.sugars.bonds
Whetstone
Grid RefTQ2613193937
Lat / Lon 51.63012° / -0.17904°
Easting / Northing526,131E / 193,937N
What3Wordsphones.fats.small

Potwhe One's land is

Arable 14.5%
Green urban 14.1%
Pasture 12.4%
Urban 59.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


Jane Taylor

04 Dec 2021

Enjoyable route crossing the boundary between London and Hertfordshire, mix of urban and green-belt walking. Fantastic views across London from the hill at Hadley, and the green belt status means there are some lovely little time-warp settlements to savour.

Expect some mud of the sticky London sort, maybe horses too. There is a stretch of walking alongside the A1000 Great North Road, but it's on good pavement. Take care when crossing.

The route passes close to the site of the Battle of Barnet (Wars of the Roses), however it's not clear how to access the battlefield. There is a commemorative monument and information board nearby.


Strider

02 Dec 2021

I walked from Whetstone to Potters Bar. There are roads to walk along but this route has managed maximize the amount of green walking. Starting along the Dollis Valley Greenwalk and London Loop then along a cut-through to King Georges Fields in Hadley. Quite a steep hill but a reward of a bench with a great view. Hadley Green is is a lovely park with benches. There is a bit of road walking past a civil war memorial, then woods and fields, a footbridge across the M25. There are farm fields that can be muddy. The last part is suburban roads as you head into Potters bar. Not suitable for wheels due to steps and a stile. A lovely walk with good views .


Gilgul

28 Apr 2021

Walked with the dog from Whetstone to Potters Bar. The route is very easy to follow, and is quite beautiful. The majority of the route passes through parks and green spaces, with only one stretch on road (where a narrow pavement is available). Some parts can potentially get muddy in winter.


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