Hertfordshire Way is a circular walk around the
Hertfordshire, England. The total length is 312 km (194 mi)
which was originally fully way marked in the anti-clockwise direction
but is now way marked in both directions. One section has two optional
routes reducing the possible length to 271 km (168 mi).
The walk is mainly in open countryside, some less than 20 miles from
central London, but also passes through the historic city of St
County town of
Hertford and the towns of Royston and
Bishop’s Stortford. A number of the smaller, attractive villages of
Hertfordshire are also encompassed in the route.
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
Hertfordshire Way, who are affiliated with the Ramblers
Association.<ref> Funding for maintenance of way marks etc. is
provided through subscriptions and donations to the group and sale of
the guidebook. A link to the Friends of the
Hertfordshire Way web site
is provided at the end of this item under external links.
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
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 with the
first issue of the guidebook published in 1998. At that time it was
267 km (166 mi) in length. Over subsequent years amendments
and additions have been made. A second edition was published in 2009.
A third edition was published in 2017 (ISBN 9781901037241) and is
available from the Friends of
Hertfordshire Way. The third edition
builds on the previous editions and makes adjustments to the route to
avoid recent housing and highway developments and also to address a
small number of access concerns. These changes particularly affect
legs 7,8,12 and 13.
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 East
Hertfordshire at Royston.
A diagrammatic presentation of the
Hertfordshire Way showing the legs
Royston to Wallington. This leg is just over 17 km (11 mi)
and passes across Therfield Heath and along parts of the ridge of
Hertfordshire with long views over Bedfordshire and
Cambridgeshire. Pasque Flowers can be seen around Easter on Therfield
Heath. The route passes through the villages of Therfield, Kelshall
and Sandon before arriving at Wallington. Wallington is one of the few
places with poor public transport.
Wallington to Little Wymondley. This leg is about 20 km
(12 mi) and passes through the villages of Clothall, Weston and
Graveley. After passing under the A1M it continues west before turning
south through Great Wymondley to finish at Little Wymondley.
Little Wymondley to Codicote. This leg is about 15 km
(9.3 mi). Soon after the start of this leg there is a difficult
crossing of the A602 before heading to Titmore Green. The route
continues south through Almshoebury, St Pauls Walden, with connections
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
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, Coleman Green and Sandridge and having skirted
the north of
St Albans finishes at Verulam Museum illustrating the
Roman history of the town.
St Albans to Markyate. This leg is approximately 18 km
(11 mi) via the villages of Redbourn and Flamstead.
Markyate to Tring Station. This leg is 18 km (11 mi). 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 then turns south to
Berkhamsted castle then joining the Grand Union Canal to Bourne End.
Finally it leaves the Bulbourne valley via a steady climb to reach
Bovingdon, Chipperfield and the descent to Kings Langley. This leg can
be divided into two shorter sections, typically around Berkhamsted.
Kings Langley to Shenley. This leg is 20 km (12 mi). The
route remains mainly in open countryside despite its proximity to the
M25 corridor and Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St. Albans passing
through Abbotts Langley, 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 and Northaw to
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
County town of Hertford.
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
starts following the river Lea to Rye House and Stansted Abbotts
before briefly entering the Ash valley and then resuming with the
river Lea from Great Amwell in to Hertford.
Hertford to Widford. This leg is 22 km (14 mi). This route
follows three tributaries of the river Lea; the Beane as far as
Stapleford, the Rib from Wadesmill to Thundridge and the Ash from
Widford to Bishop’s Stortford. This leg is almost 16.5 km
(10.3 mi). The route initially follows the river Ash to Much
Hadham before heading to Perry Green former home of
Henry Moore and
then on to Green Tye, Dane Bridge and Bury Green toward the river
Stort and Bishop’s Stortford. The walk ends on the outskirts of
Bishop’s Stortford to Hare Street. This leg is a little over
17 km (11 mi) almost all in the open countryside of North
East Hertfordshire.It passes Cradle End and Millfield Cottages prior
to crossing the A120 at Stone House Farm. It rejoins the original
route at Hadham Hall. Finally it passes through Upwick Green, Patmore
Heath and Little Hornmead to finish in Hare Street
Hare Street to Royston. The final leg is 20 km (12 mi) again
in open countryside some with long views north as the escarpment is
reached and passing the villages of Great Hornmead, Little Hornmead,
and Ansty. Approaching Nuthampstead you pass the WW2 airfield and USAF
Memorial to 398 squadron before completing the trail at Royston via
Barkway and Reed.
The following trails intersect with the
Ridgeway National Trail
Lea Valley Walk
Grand Union Canal Walk
Hertfordshire Chain Walk
The eastern side of the
Hertford and Bishops
Stortford) are served by rail from
London Liverpool Street station.
The north east (Royston, Letchworth, Cuffley and Hertford) are served
London Kings Cross or Moorgate. The centre (St Albans) is served
by Thameslink from St Pancras whilst the west (Kings Langley,
Berkhamsted and Tring) are served from
London Euston. Full details of
rail services and intermediate stations can be obtained from National
Rail. Details of local bus services can be obtained using either the
Intalink website or both rail and bus via Traveline South East.
The route is identified on the following OS Explorer (1:25000) maps:
174; 181; 182; 193; 194;
Ramblers' Association info
Friends of the
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