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Outline of the route of the Hertfordshire Way - click on the leg number for more information.

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The Grand Union canal, Bourne End

Leg 1 Royston to Wallington 11.1 miles
Leg 2 Wallington to Willian (Letchworth) 11.4 miles
Leg 3 Willian to Codicote 11.8 miles
Leg 4 Codicote to St. Albans 12.6 miles
Leg 5 St. Albans to Markyate 11.0 miles
Leg 6 Markyate to Tring Station 10.9 miles
Leg 7 Tring Station to Kings Langley 15.0 miles
Leg 8 Kings Langley to Shenley 12.8 miles
Leg 9 Shenley to Cuffley 11.5 miles
Leg 10 Cuffley to Hertford 12.6 miles
Leg 10A Hertford to Broxbourne 12.0 miles
Leg 10B Broxbourne to Hertford 12.5 miles
Leg 11 Hertford to Widford 13.6 miles
Leg 12 Widford to Bishop's Stortford 11.1 miles
Leg 13 Bishop's Stortford to Hare Street 11.4 miles
Leg 14 Hare Street to Royston 12.7 miles

Leg 1. From Royston this leg of the route crosses Therfield Heath before climbing to Therfield village.  It then goes through the rural landscape of north Hertfordshire, through the villages of Kelshall and Sandon, to finish at Wallington.

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Leg 2. This leg of the route goes from Wallington through the villages of Clothall, Weston and Graveley, then passes under the A1(M) to finish at Willian on the outskirts of Letchworth.

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Leg 3. Going in a southerly direction, this leg passes through Great Wymondley, Little Wymondley, St Paul's Walden and Whitwell on the way to Codicote.

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Leg 4. From Codicote the route continues in a southerly direction through Ayot St. Lawrence, Wheathampstead and Coleman Green; this leg then skirts round the north of the city to finish amongst the Roman remains at St. Albans.

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Leg 5. The route now heads in a north-westerly direction, following the line of Watling Street through the villages of Redbourn and Flamstead, and this leg finishes at Markyate.

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Leg 6. From Markyate the route goes south-west to Great Gaddesden, then west to Little Gaddesden, through the Ashridge Estate (NT) and Aldbury to reach Tring Station.

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Leg 7. Following the southern edge of the Ashridge Estate, this leg of the route goes across Berkhamstead Common to Potten End, then crosses the Bulbourne valley at Bourne End, goes through Bovingdon and Chipperfield Common, and ends at Kings Langley.

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Leg 8. Although this leg follows the M25 corridor, much of the route is through open farmland, parkland and woods.  It passes through Bedmond, Aldenham and Letchmore Heath, avoiding the suburban sprawl of Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

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Leg 9. From Shenley the route continues east through South Mimms, the northern edge of Potters Bar and Northaw to reach Cuffley.

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Leg 10. This leg heads north , passing through Newgate Street and West End, then turns east through Essendon, Little Berkhamsted and Bayford, before going north again to Hertford.

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Leg 10A. This, and Leg 10B, have been added since the publication of the first edition of the Guidebook, offering an alternative route from Cuffley to Hertford.  Going in a loop to the south of Cuffley this leg turns north through Goffs Oak and Hammond Street, then enters a long stretch of woodland before descending through the edge of Hoddesdon to the Lea valley at Broxbourne.

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Leg 10B. From Broxbourne, the route follows the Lea valley past Rye House to Stanstead Abbotts.  It then takes a detour into the Ash valley before returning to the Lea at Great Amwell, after which it continues along the Lea through Ware to Bengeo and Hertford.

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Leg 11. This leg continues north along the the river Beane through Stapleford, then turns east through Tonwell to Wadesmill following the Rib as far as Thundridge, before crossing to the Ash valley at Wareside, finishing at Widford.  The Beane, Rib and Ash are all tributaries of the Lea.

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Leg 12. From Widford the route continues along the Ash valley to Much Hadham, then turns east through Perry Green, Green Tye and Thorley to reach the river Stort at the eastern edge of the County, just on the southern edge of Bishops Stortford.

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Leg 13. The route now heads north-west into the wide open spaces of north-east Hertfordshire, going through Upwick Green, Gravesend (Patmore Heath) and Little Hormead to finish at Hare Street.

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Leg 14. The final stage continues north through similar countryside, through the villages of Great Hormead, Anstey, Nuthampstead, Barkway and Reed, to complete the circle at Royston.

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