Slow Ways linking Hemel Hempstead and Amersham, Berkhamsted, Chorleywood, Harpenden, Markyate, Radlett, Rickmansworth, St Albans, Watford
Progress towards triple-checked route options for Hemel Hempstead’s nine Slow Ways: 64%
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Walk to Hemel Hempstead from further afield
|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Review me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 236m||Descent 173m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 6km/4mi||Ascent 19m||Descent 40m|
||Double check||Distance 14km/8mi||Ascent 207m||Descent 209m|
||Review me||Distance 13km/8mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Review me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 137m||Descent 116m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 17km/10mi||Ascent 213m||Descent 252m|
||Double check||Distance 19km/12mi||Ascent 245m||Descent 234m|
||Review me||Distance 18km/11mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Verify me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent 180m||Descent 222m|
Hemel Hempstead—St Albans
||Enjoy me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 235m||Descent 220m|
Hemel Hempstead—St Albans
||Pioneer me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Double check||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 76m||Descent 54m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 80m||Descent 54m|
62% of Hemel Hempstead’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
9 people have contributed to Hemel Hempstead’s Slow Ways
2 people have pledged to walk and review a route
5 people have surveyed a route in Hemel Hempstead
160km out of 191km have been walked and reviewed
285km of reviews have been shared in Hemel Hempstead
Bryony Harrison-Croft pledged to walk Hemsta twoWalk this route
Derick Rethans added Hemsta two, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to St AlbansWalk this route
although it was lovely to walk along the canal again, it was fairly monotonous...
On the other side of King Harry Lane sits a newish development which I had to cross through narrowish public footpaths to be able to go up a hill through. I did follow the new footpaths for a bit to avoid the lane, but after not much distance my only option was to actually follow the lane. From Potters Crouch to Bedmond my route went along more lanes, and to be honest, this was the least nice part of the walk. On the other side of Church Hill in Bedmond, the route continued along the edge of a field, followed by a public footpath sign pointing straight across a. After crossing a lane, a stile, a field and another stile, my route was suddenly blocked by a field of horses I will be proposing an alternative route, which also adds the shortcut through the aforementioned Park Wood, and avoids the field of horses....
I don't, and hence I've marked this route with access issues, and left a proper review up for Chohem 2....
There was a fairly long climb up through Felden along a road with no pavement, but also luckily with little traffic (photo #2). After a lovely walk through some woods, with some good views of a village in the valley below, I ended up crossing a road. My pre-planned route (Chohem 1) had me go along the road, but luckily there is now a permissive footpath that avoids the road, where there was fast traffic. Unfortunately that meant a little road walking, but luckily again, there was little traffic. I spotted the first snow drops of the year along the lanes and the Chess Valley Walk themselves, and in the river a Little Egret (photo #9)...
Derick Rethans added Chohem two, a new walk from Chorleywood to Hemel HempsteadWalk this route
Heather S. pledged to walk Hemsta oneWalk this route
Strider surveyed Hemsta oneWalk this route
Off the canal and through a new estate there are lovely fields and woodland paths to Bedmond and the corrugated Church. From here there is a long stretch of walking in a narrow country lanes, Bedmond and Ragg Hall lanes. More lovely wooded paths the a long alley towards the Cathedral past the Roman walls....
The section I was worried about before starting was crossing the A41 at the junction, but this turned out to be fine - good visibility, easy to see exactly which way to go and easy to see any cars coming. Overall I found the route very easy to follow, generally good underfoot and an interesting varied walk....
Strider surveyed Hemrad twoWalk this route
Strider added Hemrad two, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to RadlettWalk this route
To avoid Chequers Lane I've routed along High Elms Lane which has a path alongside the road....
After a steady uphill suburban road out of Radlett there is a gap in a hedge and then lovely Hertfordshire countryside. A quiet road takes you to a farm yard then along an old holloway with glimpses of rolling farmland through the trees. There is a path just past the Fox Pub (closed) through woodland to a quiet road that passes over the M1, then a subway to High Elms Lane along a cycle path....
Some paths required careful walking to avoid nettles, and there was one road crossing that required particular care....
Strider surveyed Hemric oneWalk this route
This is a lovely walk which I enjoyed very much. Like any walk it has its challenges, mud, roots, hills, uneven surfaces and steps. The majority of the walk is very varied; open fields, narrow woodland paths, wide shady tracks, gritted paths through parks, lime tree avenues, a few roads, riverside grassland, Long green passages, rolling hills, valley bottoms, farmland, churches and villages....
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....
The first section of canal beyond Hemel has countryside surroundings. As you near the meeting point at Berkhamsted Station, the last section of towpath offers a number of welcoming pubs....
My only criticism of the walk would be that I didn't really feel like I visited Hemel Hempstead, which is an issue with the location of the meeting point, which is at the railway station, outside of the centre of town....
Strider surveyed Hemwat twoWalk this route
Navigation is easy but, at the Hemel end the route shows accessing the canal on the East of the bridge which involves a narrow kissing gate and a shallow wade across a weir....
From the station you cross a busy road and through a pedestrianized town center, shops and coffee. Exit the towpath through a kissing gate to Box Moor with several wide gates (to control livestock) on the approach to Hemel Hempstead Station which is 3Km from the High Street and Marlows Shopping Centre....
I walked this route from Hemel Hempstead to Berkhamsted....
I really wanted to like this route (I walked from St Albans to Hemel Hempstead), and there was a lot about it I really enjoyed, but there were several issues that came up, too. - especially around Hemel Hempstead, it felt silly to divert from the canal when it looked like you could just stay on it all the way to the station...
I made this route as an alternative to Hemwat One with less road and more park and canal towpath. The route passes the 'Hub' with a cafe and toilets, before it reaches the canal towpath....
Jane Taylor added Hemwat two, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to WatfordWalk this route
Very straightforward and pleasant route along the Grand Union canal, linking Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted railway stations. Plenty of refreshment stops at either end - particularly in Berkhamsted, where the walk runs through the middle of the town....
Some rather quaint houses and bridges along the way, and we were able to have our picnic in Berkhamsted Castle right by the railway station at the end of the route. A lovely morning's walk!...
Much of this route is good walking and pleasant countryside. An alternative which is easier walking and more accessible is the Grand Union Canal towpath to Batchworth (about 17kms). The footpath has further steps onto the footbridge over the railway and yet more steps beyond the A41....
-Carrying on down Hempstead Road (the quiet one) until the end, and then crossing the busy road and continuing down the (wide and reasonably safe) footpath until reaching the canal - this is the route I ended up taking...
SaraR surveyed Hemel HempsteadView facilities
SaraR surveyed Hemel HempsteadView facilities
NeilVenn surveyed Berhem oneWalk this route
There are steps to get under a bridge in Berkhamsted, steps to get over a bridge just outside Brkhamstead and steps or stepping stones to access the tow path at Hemel Hempstead but other than that it's pretty level - with the usual sloped paths around the lock gates. A pleasant walk....
NeilVenn surveyed Hemel HempsteadView facilities
paulcooper added Hemric one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to RickmansworthWalk this route
Slow Ways added Amehem one, a new walk from Amersham to Hemel HempsteadWalk this route
Slow Ways added Berhem one, a new walk from Berkhamsted to Hemel HempsteadWalk this route
Slow Ways added Chohem one, a new walk from Chorleywood to Hemel HempsteadWalk this route
Slow Ways added Hemhar one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to HarpendenWalk this route
Slow Ways added Hemmar one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to MarkyateWalk this route
Slow Ways added Hemrad one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to RadlettWalk this route
Slow Ways added Hemsta one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to St AlbansWalk this route
Slow Ways added Hemwat one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to WatfordWalk this route
Hemel Hempstead’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.74253° / -0.49066°
Easting / Northing
504,306E / 205,947N
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