St AlbansPotters Bar

Stapot one
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Distance

16km/10mi

Ascent

126m

Descent

131m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting St Albans and Potters Bar.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting St Albans and Potters Bar.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

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Downloads - 4

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.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not 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)
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)
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)
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)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
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)
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)
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)
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?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
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 45.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 12.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 10.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 5.0% (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.

25.0% of the route is on roads (1)

20.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

30.0% of the route is paved (1)

15.0% 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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4X February 2022 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

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Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

St Albans
Grid RefTL1556907084
Lat / Lon 51.75054° / -0.32722°
Easting / Northing515,569E / 207,084N
What3Wordsdrew.tender.soil
Potters Bar
Grid RefTL2503801392
Lat / Lon 51.69736° / -0.19216°
Easting / Northing525,038E / 201,392N
What3Wordsspray.sugars.bonds

Stapot One's land is

Arable 58.6%
Pasture 10.7%
Urban 24.3%
Water 1.8%
Woods 4.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


Strider

27 Feb 2022

We walked from Potters bar to St Albans.
Firstly out the back of the Station alongside the track takes you out of the town quickly. This is followed by a riverside walk, do not go into the park but go through a smaller gap onto the north bank which will take you into open farm land. There are narrow kissing gates and barriers all along the route. Going alongside the A1 was a bit noisy but soon into South Mimms and along a very quiet Blackhorse Lane. The path continues up, more steeply, between brick pillars, into the woods towards the ridge. Lovely views from the top, you can see St Albans in the distance. Then downhill through grassy muddy fields and along a horse ride (it is winter despite the sunshine). Dive into a narrow wooded path and out by some industrial units towards a farm with stables. Once past the farm you head through a wood towards new and landscaped gravel and sand pits. Glimpses of lakes can be seen through the trees. There is a fishery with toilets and picnic tables.
Another quiet lane after the A414 crossing takes you through Tyttenhanger Village and across more farmland to the outskirts of St Albans and the Station. The City center is another 900m further on.
A lovely and varied walk with pubs and views.


Jane Taylor

27 Feb 2022

We walked Potters Bar to St Albans. I found it a very enjoyable route with a mix of fields, woodland, lanes and tracks, as well as urban residential estates in St Albans.

As well as farms we passed a large stables, some smelly anaerobic digestion tanks, an air museum, a gravel extraction conveyor belt, a fishery, two pubs and several horses. We heard a skylark, a woodpecker, and saw red kites and the first butterfly of spring (red admiral).
At about the half way point there’s a marvellous view of the rest of the route all the way to St Albans, which is very inspiring and motivating!

Underfoot was mostly good path, road or pavement; some muddier track; and one extra muddy field (apparently this dries out as the year progresses). There were no crazy pavement-less B roads and all the road crossings were safe; once or twice we had to wait for gaps but not for long.

Pubs at South Mimms and Tyttenhanger, also a picnic area and WC at the Willows Lakes fishery.

No hesitation in verifying this route for inclusion in the Slow Ways network.


Mtormey

26 Feb 2022

I walked this route from Potters Bar to St Albans.

Pros:
- The start of the route follows the rail line for a bit, a treat for all fellow trainspotters out there!
- The route does a fairly good job navigating some pretty significant large road barriers, with a good safe crossing under the A1.
- The countryside views are fantastic, and the scenery is extremely varied. There's open fields, woodland, water features, hills, and quiet residential areas. It's a great mixed bag that's always interesting. We even saw a few planes showing off from the (we assume) nearby air museum! There's also this interesting feature of the quarry conveyor belt (picture 11).
- There's a pub in Tyttenhanger and South Mimms, providing good rest points (probably the middle third is a bit longer than the first and last, but these two pubs roughly split the route into three).
- The short bits of road walking are actually ok; I found them properly comfortable, and I generally dislike road walking more than most.

Cons:
- Some stretches of path were overgrown, but this was really quite rare.
- Stretches of the route near and along major roads were noisy.
- Along Coursers Road, you can take the bridleway on the north side of the road through the New Plantation, so this isn't quite as drawn, but it's FAR safer than trying to walk along Coursers Road.
- Walking in Feburary, there was a fair bit of mud. It was always navigable and we never got properly soaked, but it was wet.
- The crossing of the A414 is uncontrolled and it is a dual carriageway. There is a median, so you only have to cross two lanes at a time, but cars go fast here. We found a gaps after waiting less than a minute, but it was just a bit unpleasant! (photo 10)
- Not the route's fault, but the St Albans High Street is on the other side of the station, so if you're tired (like we were!) you might miss out on seeing the city.

These cons are really quite minor, all things considered. It was an awesome walk, with lots to see and explore. We had a lot of fun walking it and would definitely recommend it. A great Slow Ways route!.


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