The Alban Way is a trail for cyclists and walkers along a disused section of the Great Northern Railway, between the historic towns of St Albans and Hatfield, providing an interesting route through Hertfordshire countryside.

This safe, flat, gentle, traffic-free route runs between Cottonmill Lane in St Albans and Wrestlers Bridge in Hatfield. Its smooth surface makes it perfect for all users and there are many access points, most of which are ramped or level.

With magnificent St Albans Cathedral at the start and the elegant Hatfield House at the end, there is lots to see and do along the way. It’s worth pausing on the old railway bridge near the start of the ride for an exceptional view of St Albans Cathedral poking up from among the trees on the skyline.

The Alban Way also acts as a wildlife corridor, providing a safe haven for a range of plants, birds and mammals, so keep your eyes open.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

The Alban Way is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy

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