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Potters Bar

Hertfordshire


Slow Ways linking Potters Bar and Borehamwood, Cheshunt, Enfield Town, Hatfield, Newgate Street, Radlett, St Albans, Waltham Cross, Whetstone

England / Hertfordshire / Potters Bar

Potters Bar’s nine Slow Ways are 86% checked

Drawn: 9/9
reviewed: 9/9
verified: 7/9
and surveyed: 6/9

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Slow Way Route To do
Borehamwood—Potters Bar
Borpot one Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 84m Descent 83m
Borehamwood—Potters Bar
Borpot two Enjoy me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 90m Descent 90m
Hatfield—Potters Bar
Hatpot one Enjoy me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 67m Descent 87m
Potters Bar—Cheshunt
Potche one Enjoy me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 173m Descent 243m
Potters Bar—Enfield Town
Potenf one

Double check Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 129m Descent 65m
Potters Bar—Enfield Town
Potenf two Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Potters Bar—Newgate Street
Potnew one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 161m Descent 146m
Potters Bar—Waltham Cross
Potwal one Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 190m Descent 114m
Potters Bar—Whetstone
Potwhe one Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 100m Descent 80m
Radlett—Potters Bar
Radpot one

Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 136m Descent 114m
St Albans—Potters Bar
Stapot one Enjoy me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 126m Descent 131m
St Albans—Potters Bar
Stapot two Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 165m Descent 159m

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Collective progress

81% of Potters Bar’s nine route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

11/12

reviewed

9/12

surveyed

7/12

verified

13 people have contributed to Potters Bar’s Slow Ways

6 people have pledged to walk and review a route

9 people have surveyed a route in Potters Bar

139km out of 148km have been walked and reviewed

351km of reviews have been shared in Potters Bar

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In late January I walked the Slow Ways route Potche One, starting from the Memorial Garden, Potters Bar railway station, turning left onto Darkes Lane, then right along Billy Bowes Lane, past Parkfield open space to the junction with the Hatfield Road [my preference would have been to walk through Parkfield, but I am not aware of an entrance into it off either The Walk or Darkes Lane]. Keeping to the left going north, the path eventually led on through a kissing gate to a very muddy footpath (N12) that joined a very good footpath to the rear of Northaw Place (N4), exiting onto Well Road and then straight across Judges Hill (B158) onto the pavement and into Northaw. With the Church to the right, the route then went down Vineyards Road (pavement and grass verge) and through a kissing gate on the right, with a footpath (N1) signposting Cuffley. Suitably refreshed, the second half of the walk continued down Station Road to Cuffley Hill through a kissing gate off right opposite the entrance to Brook Farm....

Fred Allgood

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Walked in November, requires sturdy waterproof footwear, some stretches of road without separate pavement...

Tom

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For coming back to Enfield from Potters Bar- I used the reverse of the route I found by accident, which is a path on the south side of where the M25 bridge crosses Baker Street - which was much less muddy, albeit somewhat overgrown and a bit of a dumping ground and led to Bentley Heath lane....

Mark Sow

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Mostly this is a good route, fairly direct and makes the most of wooded footpaths, and quieter streets in the urban sections at both ends....

Jane Taylor

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I did one very long way from Hatfield to Newgate Street to Potters Bar, as Newgate Street is hard to get to....

Heather S.

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This was my first Slow Ways walk on a snowy December afternoon....

Heather S.

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Potche one

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The route starts at Potters Bar station, and after a short section through the local shopping street, and a little longer section along residential roads, you soon end up going up a (slightly muddy) hill in Morven Park. On the other side of the woods, there is a section of walking on a clear pavement along a busyish road, for about half a mile towards Northaw and its church. From there there is another section walking along a pavement and a little along a verge, to get back to proper footpaths lined with trees again, with lovely views....

Derick Rethans

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After crossing it, there were a few footpaths along fields (one with horses) before the route continued along a one way lane with a cycle way counterflow. The route then continues a little through the residential streets, before you have to walk along a verge up a hill again. After a while you cross a stile and then the route processed along a fairly busy road into Enfield Town....

Derick Rethans

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From the back of the station a path takes you alongside the railway before ducking left down steps, through woods and fields to Waters End before the residential streets of Welham Green....

Strider

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Potters Bar—Enfield Town

Strider added Potenf two, a new walk from Potters Bar to Enfield Town

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This route tries to avoid the Ridgeway, but does join it near Enfield, and quickly leaves it to go through Old Enfield Village....

Strider

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The road leading out of the village has sporadic verges but there is a path parallel to the road in the woods on the East side for part of the way. Leaving Northaw is down Judges Hill, a busy road with a narrow pavement but it is a short section before getting back into the woods along a narrow rooty path to open fields with cattle....

Strider

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I walked in a roundabout way from Cheshunt and Waltham Cross to Potters bar. POTCHE starts at the roundabout (shops cafes) heads East then south along suburban streets to a cycle path which takes you to gates outside Cedars Park. Together the above makes a wheelchair friendly route from Cheshunt to Waltham Cross. POTWAL goes under the tunnel along a track to the road which takes you to another track further on past a festival field and small holdings along Chain Walk past open fields until you meet the Hertfordshire Way and the beginning of Hemps Hill. Hemps Hill takes you through wooded tracks up to Northaw, a picturesque village (there’s a tap just inside the church gate but also a pub)....

Strider

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I walked in a roundabout way from Cheshunt and Waltham Cross to Potters bar. POTCHE starts at the roundabout (shops cafes) heads East then south along suburban streets to a cycle path which takes you to gates outside Cedars Park. Together the above makes a wheelchair friendly route from Cheshunt to Waltham Cross. POTWAL goes under the tunnel along a track to the road which takes you to another track further on past a festival field and small holdings along Chain Walk past open fields until you meet the Hertfordshire Way and the beginning of Hemps Hill. Hemps Hill takes you through wooded tracks up to Northaw, a picturesque village (there’s a tap just inside the church gate but also a pub)....

Strider

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I gave up as there was no visible safe route across the main dual carriageway from the Potters Bar end. In my opinion this is a dangerous route....

Simon

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Luckily at the other side of a stream there is an (at this side) unmarked foot path that goes through a field. The stream goes under the M25 before it continues following field boundaries....

Derick Rethans

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It is mostly a delightful route, except for the half a mile along Carbone Hill to the finish at Newgate Street. After a steep descent the route briefly goes through the delightful "Home Wood" before an annoying section along the fairly busy Carbone Hill into Newgate Street....

Derick Rethans

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A walk through the village of Welham Green takes you past a delightful pub (Sibthorpe Arms) and then through lots of alleyways until you reach a cycle path that takes you to the edge of Hatfield....

Simon

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St Albans—Potters Bar

Strider added Stapot two, a new walk from St Albans to Potters Bar

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Advantages: Avoids walking alongside A1 - better views over the countryside - less road walking - more woodland walking....

Strider

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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. 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....

Strider

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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....

Jane Taylor

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- The route does a fairly good job navigating some pretty significant large road barriers, with a good safe crossing under the A1. - The short bits of road walking are actually ok; I found them properly comfortable, and I generally dislike road walking more than most. - Some stretches of path were overgrown, but this was really quite rare. - 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. These cons are really quite minor, all things considered...

mtormey

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After passing Elstree Studios there are nice open spaces and residential streets. After going round the scrubby edge of a golf course and some fields there is a track (part of Cycle network 12) that used to be a road which leads to a tunnel under the motorway....

Strider

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Borehamwood—Potters Bar

Strider added Borpot two, a new walk from Borehamwood to Potters Bar

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Leaving Radlett along a busy uphill winding road you reach a fenced-in path through a tree plantation. South out of Shenley there is a short (100m) section on the verge of a busy road, then left onto manicured industrial farmland with monogrammed JCB's and fields kilometers wide....

Strider

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Enjoyable route crossing the boundary between London and Hertfordshire, mix of urban and green-belt walking....

Jane Taylor

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There are roads to walk along but this route has managed maximize the amount of green walking. There is a bit of road walking past a civil war memorial, then woods and fields, a footbridge across the M25....

Strider

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More than three miles of this route are along The Ridgeway, which carries heavy, fast moving traffic, with just a narrow (even non-existent in places) footpath. I would certainly not use it for walking or cycling....

JayA

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The route also involves navigating the roundabout onto J24 of the M25 which does not have traffic lights to make the traffic stop for pedestrians. I would not feel safe walking this route....

falkie71

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I would only use this route in a car, not suitable for bike or walking, you have to negotiate the M25 roundabout and the Ridgeway is horrible. Go via Cooper's Lane Road instead....

mod

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The majority of the route passes through parks and green spaces, with only one stretch on road (where a narrow pavement is available). Some parts can potentially get muddy in winter....

Gilgul

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Borehamwood—Potters Bar

Slow Ways added Borpot one, a new walk from Borehamwood to Potters Bar

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Hatfield—Potters Bar

Slow Ways added Hatpot one, a new walk from Hatfield to Potters Bar

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Potters Bar—Cheshunt

Slow Ways added Potche one, a new walk from Potters Bar to Cheshunt

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Potters Bar—Enfield Town

Slow Ways added Potenf one, a new walk from Potters Bar to Enfield Town

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Potters Bar—Newgate Street

Slow Ways added Potnew one, a new walk from Potters Bar to Newgate Street

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Potters Bar—Waltham Cross

Slow Ways added Potwal one, a new walk from Potters Bar to Waltham Cross

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Potters Bar—Whetstone

Slow Ways added Potwhe one, a new walk from Potters Bar to Whetstone

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Radlett—Potters Bar

Slow Ways added Radpot one, a new walk from Radlett to Potters Bar

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St Albans—Potters Bar

Slow Ways added Stapot one, a new walk from St Albans to Potters Bar

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Potters Bar’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL2503801392

Lat / Lon

51.69736° / -0.19216°

Easting / Northing

525,038E / 201,392N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Potters Bar'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

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