St AlbansRadlett

Starad one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

12km/7mi

Ascent

143m

Descent

115m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting St Albans and Radlett.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting St Albans and Radlett.

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Status

This route has been reviewed by 4 people.

This route has been flagged (2 times) for reasons relating to access.

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Not verified

Route status - Live

Reviews - 4

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (2) Maybe (2)

Problems reported -  Access (2)

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)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present 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)
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)
Not 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)
Maybe present Crops encroaching on path (1)
Maybe present 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)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Locked gates (0)
Maybe present 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)
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)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
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?

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 20.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 30.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 10.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (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.

20.0% 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)

There is no data on muddiness

30.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

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

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4X August 2022 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

St Albans
Grid Ref TL1556907084
Lat / Lon 51.75054° / -0.32722°
Easting / Northing 515,569E / 207,084N
What3Words drew.tender.soil
Radlett
Grid Ref TQ1641499838
Lat / Lon 51.68525° / -0.31741°
Easting / Northing 516,414E / 199,838N
What3Words navy.create.port

Starad One's land is

Arable 8.6%
Pasture 30.5%
Urban 46.4%
Woods 14.5%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Strider

09 Aug 2022

I walked from St Albans to Radlett.
I downloaded the wrong Starad so was unaware of the flagged access issues of this route.
But it is navigable.
The OS map and the sign posts are different and/or moved. Both issues are either side of Harper Lane.
Photo 1 shows one signposted diversion past a weak bridge (LH cross)that was fenced off and past the overgrown map route (RH cross) to other signposts through a field.
Photo 2 shows the mapped route on the East side of a fence to a blocked gate (red cross). But there is a new path on the West side of the fence (the red line) Through a kissing gate (arrow) which you can walk along.
If you use these diversions you will not have the trouble I had, and you will have a lovely walk.
There is a variety of scenery from cycle paths, woodland trails, riverside tracks, and residential roads. Lots of interest, I enjoyed it.
Narrow paths and steps make it wheel unfriendly.


Jane Taylor

15 Mar 2022

I walked the whole route and it is mostly very pleasant, albeit with some muddy/soggy parts. But there is a complete blockage (blocked by tree) south of Harper Lane, where the path goes by the hospital perimeter. (Photo)
This is the same path the previous reviewer, coming the other way, found blocked at the Harper Lane end, and like them I walked through the new housing estate to get to the rest of the route.

I’m going to put up a new route option for Starad, incorporating the housing estate and some different footpaths, a few other tweaks, so that hopefully these problems can be bypassed, and we have a great workable Starad (though I think mud will be a feature at least some of the year).


Lwatson

30 Oct 2021

I walked this route from St Albans to Radlett. It started off as a lovely walk - the Ver Valley is beautiful. The meadows were muddy, sometimes boggy. After crossing the railway I encountered a few difficulties. Firstly, one footpath was temporarily closed for repairs (Oct 21), and I was unclear which signs to follow afterwards. Secondly, the footpath off Harper Lane was blocked by fencing (reported on pathwatch, Oct 21) which meant a diversion through a new housing estate (which massively increased the amount of road walking). Once out of the housing estate the route continued as a pleasant country path, with some mud and puddles possible.


Steve Lambert

04 May 2021

An excellent route between Radlett station and Sopwell in St. Albans. Maximises the countryside and the River Ver. The route north from Smug Oak Lane over the M25 until Frogmore floods easily but can be by-passed staying to the East of the River Ver going under the M25 near the Premier Inn if necessary.

From Sopwell there are better routes IMHO. Right and the left across the St. Albans golf course to the Alban Way or turning off Cottonmill Lane just prior to Monks Close and getting to the Alban Way across the playing fields. The best route from the Alban Way to St. Albans station is further to the North-East than shown. Go under the railway bridge and turn left up the ramps to Charrington Place. This leads directly to the station.


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