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Tree and name in greenWatling Chase Timberland Trail

16 km / 10 miles

The Watling Chase Timberland Trail crosses the heart of the Community Forestís area, going northwards to Smallford. This area has long been a transport corridor between London and the north for stagecoaches, travellers and drovers, with Roman Watling Street, that connected Londinium to Verulanium (St Albans) and was originally a sort of Roman M1, now the route of the A5 on the western skyline, and London Colney a stop on the old coaching route.

The Trail includes Shenley Park and near London Colney it meets and follows the upper Colne river valley and the Tyttenhanger lakes left from gravel extraction alongside the Colne's current course.

Near Shenley it is coincident with the Hertfordshire Way. From Smallford, the Alban Way, which is also a cycle way, follows a disused railway to provide a link to St Albans, or to Hatfield.

For a longer walk, it could be combined with the London Loop section that also starts at Elstree station and crosses the course of Watling Street and is mostly within the designated area of the Watling Chase Community Forest, and heads west to Hatch End where trains link back to St Albans.

A free leaflet for the Trail may be downloaded from the weblink below.


Path Type
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TQ190963 - Elstree station, Herts
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TL198072 - Smallford, Herts
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Watling Chase Timberland Trail (Hertfordshire County Council - 2005)


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Route Profile:

16.3 Km (10.1 miles)
135 m (443 ft) ascent
134 m (440 ft)  maximum height