Walking and cycling maps
- Cheshunt, Waltham Cross & Bury Green cycle map (PDF file 3MB)
- Cycling the Great North Way (PDF file 2MB)
- Hertford and Ware activity map (PDF file 916KB)
- Letchworth and Baldock Activity map (PDF file 3MB)
- St Albans District Cycle Maps (PDF file 3MB)
- Walking & cycling the Alban Way (PDF file 2MB)
- Walking & cycling the Ayots (PDF file 2MB)
- Walking & cycling the Cole Green Way (PDF file 2MB)
- Walking & cycling the Ebury Way (PDF file 1016KB)
- Walking & cycling the Grand Union Canal towpath (PDF file 2MB)
- Walking & cycling the Nickey Line (PDF file 2MB)
- Welwyn activity map (PDF file 2MB)
The Alban Way
St Albans - Smallford - Hatfield
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 61] [6½ miles]
The Alban Way is a trail for cyclists and walkers along a former railway line. It is an important link in the local sustainable transport network and forms part of Route 61 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.
The Alban Way has a smooth surface, suitable for all users, with lighting at the Hatfield end. It has many access points, most of which are ramped or level. It provides a route for leisure, commuting and safe routes to school.
The Alban Way is 6½ miles long (about 40 minutes cycling). It runs between Cottonmill Lane in St Albans and Wrestlers Bridge in Hatfield, providing a safe link between these two towns.
The Ayot Greenway
Welwyn Garden City - Ayot Green - Wheathampstead
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 57] [6 miles]
The recently upgraded Ayot Greenway now runs from the heart of Welwyn Garden City town centre directly into Wheathampstead village centre. Traffic free for a majority of its length, the route predominantly follows the old trackbed of the former Welwyn to Luton branch line which closed in the 1960's under the Beeching cuts.
The leaflet also shows many connecting footpaths and bridleways taking walkers to Ayot St Lawrence, Lemsford and the grounds of Brocket Hall.
The Cole Green Way & Hertford - Ware towpath
Welwyn Garden City - Hertford - Ware
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 61] [10 miles]
An old railway line, canal towpaths, open spaces and quiet roads create a green route from Welwyn Garden City to Ware via Hertford. It also forms part of Route 61 of the National Cycle Network.
The Cole Green Way proper runs from the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City at the Black Fan Road / Cole Green Lane junction to West Street in Hertford. This rural section follows a former railway and is suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. This part of the route is also accessible for disabled visitors at various points. Motorised scooter wheelchairs are probably the best option due to the nature of the surfacing. There are also links at both ends that take walkers and cyclists into Welwyn and Hertford town centres. The link through Hertford joins the towpath along the River Lea, taking you to Ware and beyond. It is signposted through the town centre.
Enjoy this route for a leisurely walk or ride alongside waterways and rural tracks. It links three Hertfordshire towns with some great countryside. You can even take a circular diversion to explore local villages near the path.
Why not use the path for a journey to work? With traffic congestion particularly heavy traffic congestion between Hertford and Ware, make the journey to work an enjoyable experience by cycling alongside the river.
Grand Union Canal Towpath
Leavesden - Watford - Croxley Green - Rickmansworth
[ped] [cycle] [5 miles]
The Grand Union Canal wends its way from London to Birmingham through city, town and country. Improvements to the towpath between Leavesden and Rickmansworth provide a good, flat surface for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the canal or use the route as a traffic free journey to work away from busy roads. Between Leavesden and the Aquadrome in Rickmansworth it is about a 45 minute easy bike ride over 5 miles of towpath.
There is so much to see and do along the way. Explore ancient woodland and roam between the trees in Whippendell Wood. Take the kids to Cassiobury Park and ride the miniature railway or get back to nature at the Aquadrome.
For those wanting to explore further, walk or cycle through history looking for the clues of the old railway line along the Ebury Way. Alternatively follow the towpath south towards London and Uxbridge or north towards Hemel Hempstead.
The guide will show you many places of interest en route, as well as all the access points including links into West Watford and Rickmansworth town centre.
The Great North Way
Potters Bar - Hatfield - Welwyn Garden City - Stevenage - Letchworth - Baldock
[cycle] [NCN 12] [32 miles]
The Great North Way (Route 12) forms part of the National Cycle Network. When completed Route 12 will link London with Grimsby via Peterborough.
In Hertfordshire it takes you from Potters Bar (Hadley Wood) to Letchworth and Baldock - a 32 mile ride. You may not want to cycle all of the route, but not ride part of it? You could even cycle one way and take the train back.
The map also contains information on interesting places to visit along the route, with an emphasis on free or less expensive attractions. Take a diversion down one of the three old railway line cycle routes, expand your mind in Mill Green or Letchworth Heritage museums, explore woodlands or take a trip round Letchworth on its Greenway.
Since the publication of the leaflet route 12 has been modified to go through Letchworth town centre from Willian to Norton. A revised Letchworth Greenway leaflet shows the new route and can be accessed at www.lgchf.com/greenway.
The Nickey Line
Harpenden - Redbourn - Hemel Hempstead
[ped] [cyle] [NCN 57] [7 miles]
The Nickey Line was a 7 mile branch line that once linked the mainline in Harpenden with Boxmoor, near Hemel Hempstead. Much of the track bed still remained intact when it was bought by Dacorum and St Albans councils in the early 1980's and opened for walking and cycling.
The route now forms a pleasant green corridor with a rural aspect along much of its length - providing attractive countryside or woodland walks as well as generally traffic-free access to school and work. Although there are steep embankments or cuttings and several bridges have been removed there is level access for cyclists and wheelchairs along most of the route.
The Nickey Line forms part of Route 57 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network which continues through Harpenden to Wheathampstead and Welwyn Garden City. From Harpenden Route 6 goes south to St Albans and Watford, and north to Luton and Milton Keynes.
Enjoy the route as a relaxing journey to work or school away from the road network. Alternatively, take a leisurely walk or ride looking out for the abundant local wildlife. In addition, a number of circular paths can be enjoyed incorporating rights of way which cross the line.
The Ebury Way
Rickmansworth - Watford
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 61] [3.5 miles]
The Ebury Way is a 3.5 mile traffic-free path for walkers and cyclists along the route of a former railway line linking Watford and Rickmansworth.
By bike it is a 30 minute easy ride. For the more adventurous it forms part of route 61 of the National Cycle Network which runs west to Uxbridge and Windsor and beyond.
The surface has been designed to be easy going for all users including wheelchairs, with many accessible entry points along the way.
Acting as a 'green corridor' for wildlife and well away from the hustle and bustle of nearby towns and traffic the route passes through a variety of habitats, including open moor, wood, wetlands and water.
Crossing the three rivers - Colne, Chess and Gade and the Grand Union Canal, there is plenty to see along the way.
Welwyn Hatfield District
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 12] [NCN 57] [NCN 61]
Hertford, Ware and around
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 61]
There is an open space within walking distance of almost every home and office, and many more are just a short trip away.
The Activity Map shows open spaces to discover, cycle tracks to ride and parks to play in. So get outside, breathe in the fresh air and take a bit of gentle exercise.
Whether you want to walk the dog, cycle, have a family picnic, grab a sandwich away from the office or kick a ball around with your grandchildren, use the guide to enjoy the local area.
An Activity Map is being developed for Letchworth and Baldock and will be available in 2009.
Watford Cycle Map
[ped] [cycle] [NCN 6] [NCN 61]
Watford town centre and the surrounding area is compact and the terrain is generally flat with more than 20km of direct cycle routes avoiding busy roads. The map shows all traffic-free and signed on road routes, as well as unsigned suggested routes on quiet roads.
The town centre is particularly accessible by bicycle on all sides. There is also great access into the countryside along the Grand Union Canal Towpath, Ebury Way and Colne Valley cycle routes.