Great North Way

The Great North Way is a 32-mile route from Potters Bar to Letchworth and Baldock – from town into countryside using quiet lanes and traffic-free sections.

Hertfordshire has some great countryside to explore, and there are plenty of interesting places to visit along this route. Starting in Potters Bar, the route heads north alongside the A1 and through Welham Green to Old Hatfield. Hatfield House is a stunning Jacobean house built in 1607 as the home of the Cecil family, and there is plenty to do in the parkland, magnificent gardens and nature trails.

You can take a diversion down one of three old railway line cycle routes, visit Mill Green or Letchworth Heritage museums, explore woodlands or take a trip around Letchworth on its recently opened Greenway. Refreshments can be found in the many local pubs and cafes.

If you don’t want to cycle the entire route, you could cycle one way and take the train back.

The route passes some of the area’s most iconic landmarks including Stanborough Park, Willian Arboretum and the impressive Knebworth House, which was purchased by Sir Robert Lytton in 1490 after he served King Henry VII in London. The Tudor manor house has been in the family ever since, but is perhaps more famous these days for its rock concerts.

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

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