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Oaklands

Hertfordshire


Slow Ways linking Oaklands and Hertford, Kimpton, Stevenage, Watton at Stone, Welwyn Garden City

England / Hertfordshire / Oaklands

Oaklands’s five Slow Ways are 60% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 1/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Kimpton—Oaklands
Kimoak one Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 151m Descent 162m
Oaklands—Hertford
Oakher one

Double check Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 167m Descent 131m
Oaklands—Hertford
Oakher two Review me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 118m Descent 162m
Oaklands—Watton at Stone
Oakwat one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 115m Descent 128m
Oaklands—Watton at Stone
Oakwat two Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 74m Descent 88m
Stevenage—Oaklands
Steoak one Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 100m Descent 114m
Welwyn Garden City—Oaklands
Weloak one

Verify me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 103m Descent 112m
Welwyn Garden City—Oaklands
Weloak two

Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 1,030m Descent 1,093m
Welwyn Garden City—Oaklands
Weloak three Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 108m Descent 109m

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Collective progress

58% of Oaklands’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

9/9

drawn

8/9

reviewed

3/9

surveyed

1/9

verified

10 people have contributed to Oaklands’s Slow Ways

6 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Oaklands

76km out of 84km have been walked and reviewed

132km of reviews have been shared in Oaklands

Latest Updates

Christopher Lewis took this photo on Oakher two

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Leaving Hertford, there was a bit of confusion with between the gpx and our navigation app, which seemed to be directing us to walk along the verge of a relatively busy road (B1000) but there was a (safer) path removed from the road that could be followed instead....

Christopher Lewis

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Oaklands—Hertford

Christopher Lewis pledged to walk Oakher two

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Oaklands—Hertford

Pubwalker added Oakher two, a new walk from Oaklands to Hertford

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There is a short section of walking in the road which involves crossing in order to keep in sight. Walking through Stevenage train carpark is unpleasant....

Strider

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I'm not a fan of vast open fields but the curvaceous chalkland masked the lack of hedges and gave beautiful views....

Strider

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The route isn't accurate in places as others have pointed out and though it would be the most direct route it takes you through some shady areas (eg. between Tesco HQ and the train tracks; through the car park where youths loiter). The other two routes seem more suitable and aren't significantly longer....

Slowfie

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Of the routes from Welwyn Garden City to Oaklands this seems to be the one that keeps your away from traffic and in nature the longest (only the first bit is near main roads and they are not particularly busy and certainly not fast). The walk goes through two different woods - obviously not perfect for solo walkers but I don't think there is a way to avoid that without sticking to main roads (which are rather busy and so noise/pollution could be an issue)....

Slowfie

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The Harmer Green Lane section lacks pavements for much of it so might be worth going up New Road and across Adele Avenue if you want to keep away from cars for as long as possible - you can't avoid cars for the last part but it is *meant* to be 20mph now (which some people even stick to!)....

Anthony

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As the author noted, the first part of this route is on rather busy roads (some of which are 40mph) - there are paths so it will be safe but might not be the best for fresh air fans/asthmatics. Once you've crossed Hertford Road the route is much more pleasant with some views of the local area looking south. A bit longer than necessary, but only by 0.6mi so not a huge deal....

Anthony

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This is hopefully a better route between WGC and Oakland than the two existing ones as it should be accurate, and the walk avoids cars and associated pollution It takes you through Sherrardspark Wood and past Digswell Viaduct/Nature Reserve so is far more pleasant for my money....

Anthony

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Welwyn Garden City—Oaklands

Anthony added Weloak three, a new walk from Welwyn Garden City to Oaklands

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The path goes through a permissive byway into Knebworth House grounds where you get a lovely view of the manor before going back to woods and farmlands with lots of ponds before finally entering Stevenage....

Heather S.

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As mentioned the section right out of Welwyn is not that amazing as it is a cycle track along a busy road, but I couldn't find a better reasonable alternative. After that, the whole way was fantastic with gently rolling hills. As it was January when I walked it there was of course mud, but generally was not too bad....

Heather S.

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Welwyn Garden City—Oaklands

Heather S. added Weloak two, a new walk from Welwyn Garden City to Oaklands

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Unfortunately the whole section between Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn North is a bit of a mess. You start by walking through a private car park, then the map shows a route on the wrong side of the track, then it indicates a footpath between Knightsfield and Bessemer (that is also shown on my map) that effectively doesn't exist as it's overgrown, full of rubbish, and blocked by trees. This needs a bit of scouting to find a good alternative....

Heather S.

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Quite a bit of road walking in the first part but along pleasant tree lined streets. The second part is a lovely walk along footpaths and through woods...

Gail Maisey

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This was an enjoyable route through lots of nice countryside, but the section along Tattle Hill/Bramfield Road had quite fast moving traffic with at times little space for walking. I would recommend that this part of the route is amended if an alternative route is possible. This was only a small section of a very nice walk though....

MB

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The section of the walk between Harmer Green Lane and Oaklands was a very nice end to the route....

MB

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There's an issue with access at the Oaklands end as the suggested path is not a right of way and through a private Scout camp....

SarahHW

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Oaklands—Watton at Stone

SarahHW added Oakwat two, a new walk from Oaklands to Watton at Stone

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A good route with stopping points in picturesque Ayot St Lawrence (Brocket Arms pub; Shaw's corner National Trust property) and Codicote (pubs, cafes and shops in high street)....

Ian Bailey

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Oaklands

ghoulboy surveyed Oaklands

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Kimpton—Oaklands

Slow Ways added Kimoak one, a new walk from Kimpton to Oaklands

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Oaklands—Hertford

Slow Ways added Oakher one, a new walk from Oaklands to Hertford

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Oaklands—Watton at Stone

Slow Ways added Oakwat one, a new walk from Oaklands to Watton at Stone

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Stevenage—Oaklands

Slow Ways added Steoak one, a new walk from Stevenage to Oaklands

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Welwyn Garden City—Oaklands

Slow Ways added Weloak one, a new walk from Welwyn Garden City to Oaklands

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Oaklands, Wed 17 July

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Oaklands’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL2452017479

Lat / Lon

51.84205° / -0.19389°

Easting / Northing

524,520E / 217,479N

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Facilities

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

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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