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Slow Ways linking St Albans and Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Potters Bar, Radlett
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Survey me||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 105m||Descent 100m|
||Verify me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 153m||Descent 142m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
Hemel Hempstead—St Albans
||Enjoy me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent 235m||Descent 220m|
Hemel Hempstead—St Albans
||Pioneer me||Distance 15km/9mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Enjoy me||Distance 9km/6mi||Ascent 60m||Descent 35m|
||Verify me||Distance 9km/6mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
St Albans—Potters Bar
||Enjoy me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent 126m||Descent 131m|
St Albans—Potters Bar
||Review me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent 165m||Descent 159m|
||Verify me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 143m||Descent 115m|
||Review me||Distance 9km/6mi||Ascent 84m||Descent 114m|
||Review me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 132m||Descent 160m|
||Review me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
71% of St Albans’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
11 people have contributed to St Albans’s Slow Ways
6 people have pledged to walk and review a route
7 people have surveyed a route in St Albans
146km out of 161km have been walked and reviewed
355km of reviews have been shared in St Albans
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)....
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
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....
Trekker pledged to walk Harsta fourWalk this route
Strider surveyed Harsta fourWalk this route
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....
Heather S. pledged to walk Starad fourWalk this route
Heather S. pledged to walk Hemsta oneWalk this route
Heather S. pledged to walk Harsta fourWalk this route
Adrian pledged to walk Starad oneWalk this route
Strider surveyed Stahat twoWalk this route
Easy to navigate, green, flat, good quality paths, shady, suitable for all types of wheels, interesting features, benches to rest, no cars....
Strider surveyed Starad oneWalk this route
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 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....
mtormey added Stahat two, a new walk from St Albans to HatfieldWalk this route
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....
It follows the Albans Way almost the entire route, which is paved, wide, flat, and separated from motor vehicle traffic....
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....
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!...
Added some photos...
Strider surveyed Stapot twoWalk this route
Jane Taylor added Harsta four, a new walk from Harpenden to St AlbansWalk this route
Jane Taylor added Starad four, a new walk from St Albans to RadlettWalk this route
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....
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....
Albans itself, and then follows the Alban way for a bit, and then the Abbey Line Trail - both former railway lines....
Jane Taylor added Starad three, a new walk from St Albans to RadlettWalk this route
Going through Rothamstead there were very clear navigation boards and interesting information boards about the experiments....
I walked the route in March and parts were muddy and there were some large puddles the width of the path....
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...
Strider added Stapot two, a new walk from St Albans to Potters BarWalk this route
Advantages: Avoids walking alongside A1 - better views over the countryside - less road walking - more woodland walking....
Strider surveyed Stapot oneWalk this route
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....
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....
- 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...
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 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)....
Slow Ways surveyed Stahat oneWalk this route
It is also flat, except for the occasional walk down to a road and back up again as the original railway bridge has gone....
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)....
Paul Catterfeld added Harsta three, a new walk from Harpenden to St AlbansWalk this route
Much shorter than the other Harpenden to St Albans route (which was in Mike's 50 Least Direct Routes)....
Beware Gorehambury doesn't open until 8:00am, and a short section by the River Ver sometimes floods for a couple of metres....
There are many relics of the railway line including some raised platforms, bridges, a station house in St Albans and information boards....
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....
Paul Catterfeld added Starad two, a new walk from St Albans to RadlettWalk this route
Arrowgold surveyed St AlbansView facilities
Slow Ways added Harsta one, a new walk from Harpenden to St AlbansWalk this route
Slow Ways added Hemsta one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to St AlbansWalk this route
Slow Ways added Stahat one, a new walk from St Albans to HatfieldWalk this route
Slow Ways added Stapot one, a new walk from St Albans to Potters BarWalk this route
Slow Ways added Starad one, a new walk from St Albans to RadlettWalk this route
St Albans’s Slow Ways starting point
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51.75054° / -0.32722°
Easting / Northing
515,569E / 207,084N
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