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St Albans

Hertfordshire


Slow Ways linking St Albans and Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Potters Bar, Radlett

England / Hertfordshire / St Albans

St Albans’s five Slow Ways are 80% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 3/5
and surveyed: 3/5

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Slow Way Route To do
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 -
Hemel Hempstead—St Albans
Hemsta one

Verify me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 235m Descent 220m
Hemel Hempstead—St Albans
Hemsta two Verify me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
St Albans—Hatfield
Stahat one

Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 60m Descent 35m
St Albans—Hatfield
Stahat two Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
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
St Albans—Radlett
Starad one

Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 143m Descent 115m
St Albans—Radlett
Starad two Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 84m Descent 114m
St Albans—Radlett
Starad three Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 132m Descent 160m
St Albans—Radlett
Starad four Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

77% of St Albans’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

13/13

reviewed

8/13

surveyed

6/13

verified

14 people have contributed to St Albans’s Slow Ways

8 people have pledged to walk and review a route

8 people have surveyed a route in St Albans

161km out of 161km have been walked and reviewed

443km of reviews have been shared in St Albans

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From St Albans City station, we turn right past the taxi rank taking the signposted cycle track towards St Albans City station. Just before the North Orbital Road bridge we cross to the west bank of the river and follow the track under the main road and back over the river into the riverside meadow nature reserve. We cross the main road and turn right onto Park Street Lane. Eventually we pass an industrial site and turn right under the M25, crossing under the motorway by the river....

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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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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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The walk is not too strenuous; one notable hill near Abbot's Hill School and a couple of other ups and downs....

lwatson

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Albans I walked along its shopping streets for a while, before going past its magnificent cathedral (photo #1) and into Verulamium Park (photo #2). 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 (photo #4) through farmland to the A414, which I crossed with a bridge. 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 (photo #5). On the other side of Church Hill in Bedmond, the route continued along the edge of a field (photo #10), followed by a public footpath sign pointing straight across a newly ploughed field....

Derick Rethans

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I haven't walked this route but we've been told that there is a dangerous dual carriageway crossing. Which seems to concur with the other reviews. Hemsta two is the better route from what we've heard so please head over and check out that version of the route....

Slow Ways Cristie

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The route was accurate, accessible and easy to navigate. Very easy going on paved paths. Mainly along the disused railway - The Alban Way, which is shaded by trees and very peaceful....

Hannah

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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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Hemel Hempstead—St Albans

Bryony Harrison-Croft pledged to walk Hemsta two

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Hemel Hempstead—St Albans

Derick Rethans added Hemsta two, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to St Albans

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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....

Derick Rethans

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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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Easy to navigate, green, flat, good quality paths, shady, suitable for all types of wheels, interesting features, benches to rest, no cars....

Strider

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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)....

Strider

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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....

Strider

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St Albans—Hatfield

mtormey added Stahat two, a new walk from St Albans to Hatfield

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This route is good, but I followed the plotted line religiously and it led me astray at the Hatfield end! You can't get from Branch Close onto the railway path. It could also be slightly more precise throughout....

mtormey

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It follows the Albans Way almost the entire route, which is paved, wide, flat, and separated from motor vehicle traffic....

mtormey

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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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Harpenden—St Albans

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

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St Albans—Radlett

Jane Taylor added Starad four, a new walk from St Albans to Radlett

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Walked in two stages, St Albans to Smug Oak Lane; and Radlett to Smug Oak Lane. At Smug Oak Lane I took the bridle path to the A5183 and caught the bus. This is a very pleasant stretch, with a quiet lane and bridle ways, lots of well-cared-for horses and ponies in the fields alongside. Then at Smug Oak Lane I said ‘hello!’ to where I had left off in March, and caught the bus from the bus stop on the A5183 again....

Jane Taylor

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Very enjoyable route based on Starad One, it incorporates a diversion around a blocked footpath, and some other changes brought in from Starad Two where I think they improve the overall route. There are a couple of drop out points - Park Street station, and a useful bus stop where the route crosses the A5183 Radlett Road by Ventura Park. I do wonder if there is another, more direct, route option going West of Watling Street between Radlett and Smug Oak Lane....

Jane Taylor

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Albans itself, and then follows the Alban way for a bit, and then the Abbey Line Trail - both former railway lines....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Starad two

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St Albans—Radlett

Jane Taylor added Starad three, a new walk from St Albans to Radlett

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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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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...

Jane Taylor

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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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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...

mtormey

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I found it a direct, easy-to-follow, overall accessible route following the Alban Way almost the entire distance (only diverting at the very beginning and end)....

lwatson

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Slow Ways surveyed Stahat one

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It is also flat, except for the occasional walk down to a road and back up again as the original railway bridge has gone....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Stahat one

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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)....

lwatson

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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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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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There are many relics of the railway line including some raised platforms, bridges, a station house in St Albans and information boards....

Elizabeth E

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An excellent route between Radlett station and Sopwell in 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....

Steve Lambert

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St Albans—Radlett

Paul Catterfeld added Starad two, a new walk from St Albans to Radlett

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St Albans

Arrowgold surveyed St Albans

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Harpenden—St Albans

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

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Hemel Hempstead—St Albans

Slow Ways added Hemsta one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to St Albans

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St Albans—Hatfield

Slow Ways added Stahat one, a new walk from St Albans to Hatfield

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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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St Albans—Radlett

Slow Ways added Starad one, a new walk from St Albans to Radlett

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St Albans, Wed 19 June

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St Albans’s Slow Ways starting point

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TL1556907084

Lat / Lon

51.75054° / -0.32722°

Easting / Northing

515,569E / 207,084N

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Bothy

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