GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Hertfordshire Cycle Routes

Hertfordshire has many cycling opportunites with highlights including Lee Valley Park and some lovely countryside.
There is also some interesting towns including St Albans and Welywn Garden City which are surrounded by cycle friendly scenic countryside.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Hertfordshire Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Hertfordshire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Alban Way6 miles (9 km)Follow the disused Hatfield to St Albans railway line on this route from St Albans to Hatfield View Full Details>>
Aldenham Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy 100 acres of woodland and parkland adjacent to a 60 acre lake at this splendid park near Elstree/Borehamwood View Full Details>>
Ayot Greenway5 miles (7.5 km)Follow this disused railway line from Wheathampstead to Welwyn Garden City on this easy cycle or walk in Hertfordshire. It's a nice flat, traffic free path making it ideal for families or beginners looking for an easy cycle ride. Along the way there's good views of the River Lea and a woodland section through Sherrardspark Wood at the end of the route. The woods are also a nature reserve with lots of birdlife and butterflies to look out for. View Full Details>>
Barnet to Welwyn Garden City14 miles (22 km)Follow NCN Route 12 from the outskirts of London into Hertfordshire on this fairly easy route View Full Details>>
Bishop's Stortford to Braintree22 miles (35 km)This route follows NCN route 16 from Hertfordshire into Essex View Full Details>>
Bishop's Stortford to Witham32 miles (52 km)The route starts in Bishop's Stortford and after a short spell along the View Full Details>>
Broxbourne Woods9 miles (14.5 km)Follow the Broxbourne Woods Nature Trail on this splendid walk in Hertfordshire. The site is Hertfordshire's only National Nature Reserve and includes WormleyWoods, Cowheath Wood and Hoddesdonpark Wood. You'll pass attractive Hornbeam coppice, tranquil ponds, pretty meadows and field edges as you make your way along the figure of eight trail. The woods have car parks on White Stubbs Lane where you can pick up the waymarked trails. View Full Details>>
Cheshunt to Hertford16 miles (25 km)This route follows National Cycle route 1 passing through Hertfordshire and Essex. The ride starts by Cheshunt rail station by Cheshunt lake and begins with a spell through the lovely Lee Valley Park taking you onto Clayton Hill Country Park in Lower Nazeing. You then follow the towing path of the River Lee, first to St Margarets, and then onto the finish point in Hertford by the tourist information centre. View Full Details>>
Cole Green Way5 miles (8 km)Travel from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford along a disused railway line on this easy cycle or walk in Hertfordshire. The route follows National Cycle Network Route 61 on a flat, traffic free path. There's nice tree lined sections and views of the surrounding open countryside. View Full Details>>
Colne Valley Trail7 miles (11 km)Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling. View Full Details>>
Ebury Way3 miles (5 km)This is an easy short cycle and walking route ideal for families. It runs along National Cycle route 61 and a dismantled railway line from Ricksmanworth to Watford and passes through a variety of habitats, including open moor, woodland, and wetlands. The trail crosses a number of waterways including the rivers Colne, Chess and Gade and the Grand Union Canal. View Full Details>>
Fairlands Valley Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk through this popular park in Stevenage View Full Details>>
Great North Way30 miles (48 km)This is a well signed, official cycle route running along National Cycle route 12 from Potters Bar to Letchworth. The route passes through Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City and includes several traffic free sections. Route highlights include the splendid Knebworth House and Hatfield House (see videos). Both have extensive parkland and gardens to explore and are well worth visiting if you have time. Also of interest are the Mill Green and Letchworth Heritage museums. View Full Details>>
Greenwich to Cheshunt21 miles (34 km)Follow National Cycle route 1 on this pleasant ride or walk through north London into Hertfordshire. You start by the Thames at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and crosses to the Isle of Dogs via the Greenwich tunnel. This section gives splendid views of the River Thames and Canary Wharf. View Full Details>>
Heartwood Forest3 miles (5 km)This large forest near St Albans has some fine cycling and walking trails to try. The forest includes over half a million trees, ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and miles of waymarked walks. There's also bridleways suitable for mountain biking. It's great in the spring with carpets of bluebells and lots of wildlife to look out for. This includes barn owls, tawny owls, kestrels and 27 species of butterfly. There is also a community orchard with apple and pears trees plus anarboretum which, once fully grown, will be the only one known in the UK to contain all 57 of our native tree species. View Full Details>>
Hertford to Harpenden16 miles (26 km)This route starts in Hertford by the tourist information centre and heads west to Welwyn Garden City along NCN route 61 View Full Details>>
Lee Valley9 miles (14 km)This short, pleasant traffic free ride takes you through Lee Valley Park and along the River Lee. View Full Details>>
Nicky Line-Hemel-Hempstead to Harpenden8 miles (13 km)This short off road cycle or walking route runs along the View Full Details>>
Sherrardspark Wood1 miles (1.5 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle around these pleasant woods near Welwyn Garden City. There's lots of footpaths for walkers and bridleways for cyclists to try. The area is great for wildlife. Look out for nuthatches, treecreepers, woodpeckers, thrushes, robins, tits and wrens. You may also see Muntjac Deer and foxes. View Full Details>>
St Albans to Harlow28 miles (45 km)Starting in St Albans follow National Cycle route 61 from St Albans to Harlow via Welywn Garden City and Hertford. View Full Details>>
Stevenage to Baldock9 miles (15 km)This route starts in Stevenage near the train station and heads north along NCN route 12 and the Hertfordshire Way to Baldock via Graveley View Full Details>>
Uxbridge to Watford12 miles (20 km)This ride takes you along a section of the London Loop that runs along the Grand Union Canal from Uxbridge to Watford.
The canal has some lovely sections at Denham and Harefield and there are also views of Stocker's and Batchworth Lakes near Rickmansworth. View Full Details>>
Welwyn Garden City to Letchworth19 miles (30 km)This route follows NCN route 12 through Hertfordshire View Full Details>>
Welwyn Garden City to St Margarets12 miles (20 km)This pleasant ride along NCN route 61 is mainly off road running along the Lee Valley Walk and cycle path from Welywn Garden City to Hertford View Full Details>>
Windsor to St Albans31 miles (50 km)This fairly flat route takes you along National Cycle route 6 from Windsor on the river Thames to the pretty Hertfordshire town of St Albans View Full Details>>

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