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.

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 St Albans Cycle Map>>

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
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 Common 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, Ware 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. In Harlow you can explore the River Stort Navigation and enjoy a drink at the riverside pub. 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. View Full Details>>