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Harpenden

Hertfordshire


Slow Ways linking Harpenden and Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Kimpton, Luton, Markyate, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City

England / Hertfordshire / Harpenden

Harpenden’s seven Slow Ways are 82% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 5/7
and surveyed: 4/7

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Walk to Harpenden from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Harpenden—Hatfield
Harhat one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 131m Descent 164m
Harpenden—Kimpton
Harkim one Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 85m Descent 106m
Harpenden—St Albans
Harsta one Enjoy me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 105m Descent 100m
Harpenden—St Albans
Harsta three Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 153m Descent 142m
Harpenden—St Albans
Harsta four Enjoy me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Harpenden—Welwyn Garden City
Harwel one Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 151m Descent 175m
Harpenden—Welwyn Garden City
Harwel two Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Hemel Hempstead—Harpenden
Hemhar one Enjoy me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 137m Descent 116m
Luton—Harpenden
Luthar two Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 147m Descent 146m
Luton—Harpenden
Luthar three Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Markyate—Harpenden
Marhar two Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Markyate—Harpenden
Marhar three Pioneer me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

77% of Harpenden’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

11/12

reviewed

6/12

surveyed

8/12

verified

14 people have contributed to Harpenden’s Slow Ways

11 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Harpenden

133km out of 143km have been walked and reviewed

355km of reviews have been shared in Harpenden

Latest Updates

Hugh Hudson took this photo on Luthar two

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From Harpenden station we follow Station Road into the centre, then take the alleyway left onto Southdown Road, staying on the east side of the green then crossing and taking the path right just before the Crabtree Lane roundabout. We follow East Common alongside the golf course and past a cricket field then turn left where one hole of the golf course is on the east side of the road. Pelican crossings help us across the junction, and we cross the railway and turn left into Lancaster Road, then right onto Battlefield Road, going straight across Sandpit Lane and continuing onto Lemsford Road, taking the second of the two paths that cross the railway....

Hugh Hudson

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From Luton station we cross from the station south entrance steps and follow Bute Street, then turn left onto Guildford Street and continue on the right hand side of Church Street to find the pedestrian/cycle underpass under the roundabout. We then turn left onto Park Street to pick up the cycle track that turns left just before the bypass bridge. West Hyde Road is crossed on the level, and just beyond the point where we pass under the Midland Main Line railway, we leave the cycle track to turn right onto Thrales End Lane. We turn left and follow the right hand (west) pavement....

Hugh Hudson

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The road out of Harpenden is dull but soon you are on a compacted grit cycle route away from cars and surrounded by greenery. Hills, narrow paths, kissing gates, and steps make it unsuitable for wheels, although the majority is accessible cycle paths....

Strider

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Across farmland, then along tracks, picking up the Ver and along rural paths and Nature reserves. Flood also in Verulium Park, with easy detour, the Cathederal is beautiful....

Strider

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Good starting and ending locations with good access to onward travel and facilities....

andy_mackay

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The heart of this route is along the Nickey Line, which was a rail branch line that ran between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden and is now a cycle and walking path....

Dave

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Lovely park parallel to Hemel shops. Approaching Harpenden you pass through Rothamsted research farm then down through Rothamsted Park (water fountain near the gate)....

Strider

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Markyate—Harpenden

Jane Taylor added Marhar three, a new walk from Markyate to Harpenden

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Harsta four

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From Harpenden there is a short section along streets, before walking on the common (photo #2), and an through St John's Wood (photo #2). The route then follows a bridle way along a golf course (photo #3) before crossing over the railway, where it makes a sharp turn to continue along some fields (photo #4) and through woods (photo #5) to end up at Sandridge (with pubs)....

Derick Rethans

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After a short walk through Welwyn's shopping area (photo #1) and along a slightly busy road, the route takes you to Sherrardspark Wood, which was minimally muddy (photo #2). The route then goes up (photo #12) a little to first cross, and then join Station Road that you follow to the station (photo #13)....

Derick Rethans

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Harpenden—Welwyn Garden City

Derick Rethans added Harwel two, a new walk from Harpenden to Welwyn Garden City

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The path goes right past Luton Airport Parkway station which I availed of rather than walk the last mile into Luton itself....

Heather S.

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A short road section takes you to Granary Lane, a pedestrian path which takes you out of the town then across fields down to the River Lea. I chose the road as the parallel path was very muddy, the road was not too busy and several dog walkers and I managed quite well....

Strider

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There was far more green than I expected from this walk by looking at the map, the paths are off set from the road where it looks as it you walk beside them. Clarence Park near St Albans station is closed sun-set to sun-rise, but most of the walk is not lit so it's a daylight walk. Narrow (55cm) entrance to Sandridge churchyard, but you can walk around....

Strider

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Some of the sign posting around the Pumpkin Farm also needs improving. Otherwise, a lovely walk through rural pathways and fields....

Dipa Patel

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It was unpleasant enough for me to make an alternative option Harsta Four, which is similar between Harpenden and Sandridge, and then follows a quiet green off-road alternative to St Albans through Jersey Farm Woodland Park, so more or less avoiding the B651....

Jane Taylor

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I'm marking my own work quite hard here - I took the star off for deviation, and also because St Albans' suburbs are pleasant but go on a bit; this route is 800 metres longer than Harsta Three - but it is so much nicer between Sandridge and St Albans!...

Jane Taylor

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Added some photos...

Jane Taylor

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It’s a splendid walk, about 90% off road, with a mix of paths, lanes and tracks. The route does a little detour to the pub through the churchyard, if you are not bothered then just walk straight through the churchyard....

Jane Taylor

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Harpenden—St Albans

Jane Taylor added Harsta four, a new walk from Harpenden to St Albans

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Markyate—Harpenden

Jane Taylor added Marhar two, a new walk from Markyate to Harpenden

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There is a shady path next to Knot Wood before a gravel path through a golf course (not across the greens, no ball dodging). Across a road and through a gap in the hedge and into fields following the Chiltern Way, although the marked path has wandered, the route given here will guide you accurately....

Strider

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Apart from the very start and end, it followed the Nickey Line (an old railway route) which meant it was easy to follow, and generally well-paved and wide....

lwatson

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(I passed by the point where Luthar Two turns off, and I agree with the reviewers of that route that it doesn’t look like a particularly safe or pleasant walking option, compared with staying on the Lea Valley Way into Harpenden.). All in all I think this is a good example of how a slow way should be: it uses the best of the available route options to create a direct, safe, and enjoyable route between neighbouring towns....

Jane Taylor

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Luton—Harpenden

Jane Taylor added Luthar three, a new walk from Luton to Harpenden

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Going through Rothamstead there were very clear navigation boards and interesting information boards about the experiments....

lwatson

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I walked the route in March and parts were muddy and there were some large puddles the width of the path....

Kate Ingrams

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Far better to have stayed with the Lea Valley walk all the way to Station Rd in Harpenden and then cross the road (at the pelican crossing), turn right and follow the conventional footpath up that road to the Station....

BigDog

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It can be very muddy in places (especially between Coleman Green and Symondshyde Farm via Titnol's Wood, where the route chosen is impassible currently due to deep mud....

BigDog

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This route between Wheathampsted and Ayot Green is often muddy (due to proximity to the river) and willfully ignores the much more accessible and useable Ayot Greenway a few hundred metres to the north which covers almost the same route between these two....

BigDog

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Harpenden

BigDog surveyed Harpenden

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Walked this route both directions - first from Harpenden and then back after a lunch break in Kimpton....

lwatson

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A few sections will be very muddy in wet weather and one roadside section along Kimpton Road between Blackmore Way and Beech Way has no real footpath - instead use the permissive way on the other side of the hedge opposite No 80. Note also that footpath has been rerouted around perimeter of Heron's Farm....

BigDog

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Harpenden—St Albans

Paul Catterfeld added Harsta three, a new walk from Harpenden to St Albans

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Much shorter than the other Harpenden to St Albans route (which was in Mike's 50 Least Direct Routes)....

Paul Catterfeld

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The luton end of the walk is built up and not as nice as much of the rest of the walk and if you want to use a train for the return leg with a small detour you can stop at Luton Parkway Station avoiding the centre of Luton Town itself....

Jemdaly93

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Beware Gorehambury doesn't open until 8:00am, and a short section by the River Ver sometimes floods for a couple of metres....

pastim

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Luton—Harpenden

Il Chimico added Luthar two, a new walk from Luton to Harpenden

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Harpenden—Hatfield

Slow Ways added Harhat one, a new walk from Harpenden to Hatfield

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Harpenden—Kimpton

Slow Ways added Harkim one, a new walk from Harpenden to Kimpton

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Harpenden—St Albans

Slow Ways added Harsta one, a new walk from Harpenden to St Albans

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Harpenden—Welwyn Garden City

Slow Ways added Harwel one, a new walk from Harpenden to Welwyn Garden City

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Hemel Hempstead—Harpenden

Slow Ways added Hemhar one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to Harpenden

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Harpenden, Sun 21 July

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Harpenden’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL1369614210

Lat / Lon

51.81497° / -0.35201°

Easting / Northing

513,696E / 214,210N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Harpenden's meeting point

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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Campsite

Bothy

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Train station

Bus stop

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