In 2019, I created and walked a set of nine routes, collectively called Get out of London!. These emanate from Trafalgar Square in the eight compass directions (east being represented on each bank of the Thames, therefore nine routes).
It is now time to start linking them up, using existing named (and, one hopes, waymarked) routes. This is the third sector of the circumcardinal walk, from Hatfield to Hemel Hempstead.
NNW sector — Hatfield to Hemel Hempstead
(37.07km; 371m ascent)
From Hatfield, the Alban Way is followed as far as the bridge over the River Ver in St Albans, where the River Ver Trail is taken through St Albans. Near Verulamium, the Hertfordshire Way is joined, and it is followed to Flamstead, from where the Chiltern Way is followed to Hemel Hempstead (and beyond).
|10: Hatfield to St Albans — 10.43km; 56m ascent|
Railbed and riverside with minimal streetwork
|11: St Albans to Flamstead — 15.94km; 132m ascent|
Parkland, fieldpaths and railbed
|12: Flamstead to Hemel Hempstead — 13.16km; 158m ascent|
Fieldpaths, lanes and finally streets
In walking the route, I have split the line into the following list of days.
- Day 9 — Hatfield to St Albans (10.46km; 63m ascent)
- Day 10 — St Albans to Flamstead (13.43km; 142m ascent)
- Day 11 — Flamstead to Hemel Hempstead (13.18km; 166m ascent)
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