The HERTFORDSHIRE WAY is a circular walk around the
The walk is mainly in open countryside, some less than 20 miles from
The route is formally divided into 16 sections most of which are accessible using public transport but as a circular walk it can be used to suit the wishes of the walker.
The walk was planned and is cared for by The Friends of the
* 1 History
* 2 Route
* 2.1 Leg 1 * 2.2 Leg 2 * 2.3 Leg 3 * 2.4 Leg 4 * 2.5 Leg 5 * 2.6 Leg 6 * 2.7 Leg 7 * 2.8 Leg 8 * 2.9 Leg 9 * 2.10 Leg 10 * 2.11 Leg 10A * 2.12 Leg 10B * 2.13 Leg 11 * 2.14 Leg 12 * 2.15 Leg 13 * 2.16 Leg 14
* 3 Connecting Trails * 4 Transport * 5 Maps * 6 References * 7 External links
The route originally started development in 1995 as part of the
celebrations to mark 60 years of the
Ramblers Association but it was
not until 1996 that the route was officially established and the first
issue of the guidebook was published in 1998. At that time it was 267
km (166 mi) in length. Over subsequent years amendments and additions
have been made. The 2009 edition is available from the Friends of
The route is divided into 16 legs the shortest being around 17 km (11
mi) and the longest 24 km (15 mi) in length. The route starts in North
Royston to Wallington. This leg is just over 17 km (11 mi) and passes
across Therfield Heath and along parts of the ridge of North
Wallington to Willian. This leg is about 18 km (11 mi) and passes through the villages of Clothall, Weston and Graveley to finish at Willian on the edge of Letchworth. Frequent public transport is available from the main road about 20mins walk from the finish
Willian to Codicote. This leg is about 19 km (12 mi) and passes through the Wymondleys, St Pauls Walden, with connections to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Bowes-Lyon), and Whitwell before arriving at Codicote.
Codicote to St Albans. This leg is about 20 km (12 mi) passing
through Ayot St. Lawrence and Shaw\'s Corner (George Bernard Shaw),
Wheathampstead and having skirted the north of
Markyate to Tring Station. This leg is 17.5 km (just under 11 miles). The route goes via Great and Little Gaddesden to the National Trust open space of the Ashridge Estate where you have a good chance of seeing fallow deer before descending to Aldbury and Tring Station.
Tring Station to Kings Langley. This is the longest leg being 24 km (15 mi). The route follows the southern edge of the Ashridge Estate, crosses Berkhamsted common to the Potten End edge of Hemel Hempstead before crossing the Bulbourne valley and Grand Union Canal to reach Bovingdon, Chipperfield and on to Kings Langley. This leg can be divided into two shorter sections, typically around Berkhamsted.
Kings Langley to Shenley. This leg is 20.5 km (a little under 13 miles). The route remains mainly in open countryside despite its proximity to Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St. Albans passing through Bedmond, Aldenham and Letchmore Heath.
Shenley to Cuffley. This leg is 18.5 km (11.5 mi). The route passes South Mimms and the northern edge of Potters Bar to reach Cuffley.
Cuffley to Hertford. This is the original route of the walk but legs
10A and 10B provide an alternative to Hertford. This leg is just over
20 km (12 mi) almost all in rolling countryside via Newgate Street,
Essendon, Little Berkhamsted and Bayford to finish in the
Cuffley to Broxbourne. This is the first stage of the alternative route to Hertford. The leg is just over 19 km (12 mi) via Goffs Oak and Hammond Street then skirting Hoddesdon in woodland before arriving in Broxbourne.
Broxbourne to Hertford. This is the second stage of the alternative route to Hertford; it is 20 km (12 mi) long. The route is via Rye House and Stansted Abbotts before briefly entering the Ash valley and then following the river Lea from Great Amwell in to Hertford.
Widford to Bishop’s Stortford. This leg is almost 18 km (11 mi).
The route initially follows the river Ash to Much Hadham before
heading to Perry Green former home of
Bishop’s Stortford to Hare Street. This leg is a little over 18 km (just under 11.5 miles) almost all in the open countryside of North East Hertfordshire.
Hare Street to Royston. The final leg is 20.5 km (just over 11.5 miles) again in open countryside some with long views north as the escarpment is reached and passing the villages of Great Hornmead, Nuthampstead, Barkway and Reed.
The following trails intersect with the Hertfordshire