GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

St Albans Cycle Routes

This Hertfordshire town has good signed routes running along National Cycle Network route 6 and 61. You can follow these through the Hertfordshire countryside or head towards London. Also nearby is the expansive Heartwood Forest wheres there's miles of good trails suitable for leisure cycling or mountain biking.

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Route NameDistanceDescription
Alban Way6 miles (9 km)Follow the disused Hatfield to St Albans railway line on this route from St Albans to Hatfield. It is a shared cycle and walk path and makes for an easy and safe stroll or ride. The route runs for about 6 miles with nice views of the countryside along the way. 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.
The route starts on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City and runs through Letty Green before finishing at Hertford.
The route links with the Ayot Greenway at Welwyn Garden City. It's a similar rail trail which runs to Wheathampstead along National Cycle Route 57. The Alban Way also runs from nearby Hatfield to St Albans. Walkers can pick up the Lea Valley Walk and enjoy a riverside stroll. 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.
There's three waymarked walks to try all of which are fairly easy and of similar lengths. These take place on a mixture of surfaced tracks and grassy paths.
You can park at the car park near the village of Sandridge to start your walk. The bridleways can also be picked up from the High Street in the village.
The area includes Langley Wood and Pudler's Wood with Nomansland Common just to the north. If you are on a bike please keep to the marked bridleways.
The forest is located near to a number of excellent cycling and walking trails. If you head north towards Wheathampstead you can pick up the Ayot Greenway. This rail trail will take you to Welwyn Garden City on a marked National Cycle Route. You can also pick up the Lea Valley Walk and enjoy a riverside stroll. View Full Details>>
London to St Albans35 miles (56 km)This ride follows London Cycle Network and National Cycle Network routes from south west London to the Hertfordshire town of St Albans. The route runs for about 35 miles, following signed paths through west London including waterside sections along the River Thames, the Colne Valley and the Grand Union Canal.
The route starts in South West London on Putney Bridge. Here you can pick up National Cycle Route 4 to take you along the river towards Barnes. You continue through Chiswick before crossing the Kew Bridge to head through Brentford. Here you pick up a nice waterside section along the Grand Union Canal, heading west through Norwood Green, Hayes and Hillingdon before coming to Uxbridge.
The next stage takes you along the lovely Colne Valley Trail where you'll pass a series of pretty lakes with views of the River Colne. Just before Rickmansworth you turn north east to follow another traffic free section to Watford. Here you turn north on a mixture of quiet roads and off road trails to Bricket Wood where you pass through the common. The final section runs through How Wood before coming into St Albans.
To continue your riding in the St Albans area try the Alban Way or the Cole Green Way. They are both nice traffic free rides taking you into the Hertfordshire countryside. 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.
You start with a lovely off road section along the Smallford Trail taking you from St Albans to Hatfield. Highlights include some off road tracks and a pleasant stretch along the River Lea. 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.
Sights on the route include the Jubilee River near Slough and the iconic Windsor Castle. There are several off road sections including lovely rides along the Grand Union Canal and the river Colne. The route finishes at St Albans with its beautiful cathedral. View Full Details>>