With Easter approaching, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the incredible Hertfordshire countryside. With a number of breathtaking walks in Herts, it won’t be hard to find a great route near you.
We’ve found ten amazing walks that pass by cafes or end in town centers, so you can warm up with a well-deserved treat along the way. Don’t forget that you can always take a water bottle with coffee from home if your favorite stop is not open.
Walk the Berkhamsted Waterways
Strolling around Berkhamsted is always a treat, whether you’re strolling aimlessly along the canal or river or following a specific route. Luckily, if you’re a local who’s never followed an itinerary or a visitor wanting to add the city to your post-lockdown list, there are three circular walks that show off the best of the city.
The shorter route runs directly along the main street, so there are plenty of places to stop for a hot drink and a snack. The other two routes are longer, but also end in the city center so there is only a very short detour to a range of independent cafes, including an artisan cafe. More details on the walks are available here.
The Ebury Way, Watford to Rickmansworth
Joining two of our towns means you won’t be left without options, whether you want a drink to warm you up as you go or as a reward at the end. There are all the favorite chains at either end of the 3.5 mile walk, but it also crosses Croxley Green where there are plenty of smaller cafes.
The route crosses the Grand Union Canal as well as the River Colne, the River Chess and the River Gade. It is ideal for strolling on weekends.
Verulamium Park and the River Ver, St Albans
If you don’t want to venture too far from the city center, Verulamium Park is ideal for a stroll to de-stress during your lunch break or to stretch your legs after a little too much binge-watching. There is also the benefit of taking a side trip to the cathedral and into St Albans as there are plenty of independent cafes.
The Three Bury Walk
This walk starts and ends at the Verulamium museum, so you can take a detour to the same cafes as above before leaving or before returning home. You will then head north through pretty Batch Wood and out to Childwick Green before heading west to Bamville Wood. Then walk down Beesonend Lane where the footpath takes you back towards St Albans at Redbournbury Mill, beside the River Ver.
The Cole Green Way, Hertford to Welwyn Garden City
This old railway line connects Hertford and Welwyn Garden City, which means you have plenty of options. There is a pub in Cole Green, perfect for a refreshing break in the sun.
Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City
If you want to sample the cafes of Welwyn Garden City, without having to walk too far, you can incorporate a (quite long) detour into your Stanborough Park walk. Start by picking up your drink downtown.
Then head to the park and nature reserve to get some fresh air and join one of the park’s walking trails. There’s a two-mile route that takes you through the best of the park and two lakes, with a cafe also in the park great for refueling at the end.
Commune of Oughtonhead, near Hitchin
Oughtonhead Common and the nature reserve are just outside of Hitchin, so perfect for those who want to get away from it all without traveling too far. There is a waterfall to spot, as well as wildflower meadows and chalk hills.
You can follow the Hitchin Outer Orbital Path to the township and then loop or follow the Icknield Way Path to Pirton. Once back in Hitchin, you can warm up to plenty of options from the big names as well as a number of independents.
Hatfield to North Mymms
This eight and a half mile walk is not for everyone but offers fantastic views and passes through several villages. Once back in Hatfield, there are plenty of little cafes.
The walk starts at Hatfield Station, heading east towards Arm and Sword Lane, until you come to Bradmore Lane. From here the path is signposted, before joining a cycle path along Swanland Road.
Cross the A1, follow Tollgate Road and take the path by the bus stop north across another field, continue down the steps to a pylon. Take the right fork in the path and continue northwest to Tollgate Road, which you continue until another right fork takes you to Bullens Green Lane.
Continue to a path on the left that crosses a field, which you continue to the hedge on the other side, where you turn right following the path. At Roestock Lane you can stop at the Chalkdrawers Arms, before taking a path northwest towards the Smallford Trail. Follow the path over the old railway line until you reach Hatfield.
Tring Park is just a little south of downtown. The park is a designated site of significant interest protected by the Woodland Trust, so perfect to get lost in.
You can follow marked walks including the Ridgeway Path to explore the best of the woods or there are longer walks which allow you to continue into Hastoe after the path ends. This then passes through West Leith, and back up Duckmore Lane and through the Millennium Wood, towards the center of Tring.
Maharaja’s and Grim’s Ditch, near Tring
This is an ideal route for someone wanting to learn more about local history, following the chalk slope path through Bull’s Wood and along the Icknield Way. The walk starts at the Greyhound Pub in Wigginton, you will need to locate the path northwest along the eastern boundary of Bull’s Wood to the Obelisk and Summerhouse.
Follow Icknield Way along the steep incline which offers great views of Tring Park and continue to Hastoe. Walk back along Grim’s Ditch and back to Wigginton.