Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling routes around the district plus guided walks

Never more than a short bus or cycle ride from the centre of St Albans there are many footpaths, bridleways, byways and quiet country lanes, providing lots of opportunities to get active in and around St Albans.

For walkers and cyclists there are paths and cycle routes criss-crossing the district, including old railway trails the Alban Way and Nickey Line. Try a Sky Ride group cycle ride, or find out more about the city and district with a guided walk.

St Albans Tour Guides

Join the fully trained guides and explore the fascinating history on one of many walking tours. Discover the most picturesque and interesting areas of the city, such as the medieval Clock Tower built between 1403 and 1412 surviving over 600 years of use. The City and District of St Albans Tour Guides host a programme of walks throughout the year. Walks include A City Revealed, Rags and Riches, Crime and Punishment, and Ghosts and Ghouls.

St Albans Map + Trail

Self-guided city centre walk Discover some highlights of St Albans' fascinating history on our FREE self-guided walking trail. This illustrated trail takes you on walk along the ancient and more modern streets of the city centre. The Map and Trail is also available in French and in German.

The walk will take about 90 minutes to 2 hours, plus any time spent in the cathedral and museums, and there are plenty of places for refreshments and shopping en route!

Countryside Walks

The Countryside Management Service has developed a series of self-guided walks following way-marked paths throughout the district and county, including:
Abbey Flyer Walks - short circular walks from stations on the Abbey Flyer line
Redbournbury - Two circular walks through the beautiful Ver Valley
River Ver Trail - A long distance route following the River Ver from its original source in Beds to its confluence with the River Colne at Bricket Wood
Ver Valley Walks - Discover the River Ver with one of eight circular walks

Alban Way railway trail

The Alban Way is a trail along the former railway line between St Albans and Hatfield. The Alban Way does not just serve as a transport route for people, but also as a green corridor for plants and animals. Many bird, insect and mammal species can be found.

Ayot Greenway

This disused railway line linking Wheathampstead with Welwyn passes through beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks is a countywide initiative of free, led walks and is coordinated by Countryside Management Service (CMS). It aims to help promote walking and encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. In St Albans City and District there is a programme of walks ranging from an gentle 30 minute walk on flat ground through to a moderate 90 minute walk of around 4 miles. All walks are led by trained leaders and are free.

Nickey Line railway trail

The Nickey Line is a former railway line that links Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead. The route passes through Yew Tree Wood, open countryside, past Hornbeam and Hazel coppice and through land used for agricultural crop research. Click "more..." to go to the Friends of the Nickey Line website for more information.

Samuel Ryder Trail

The Samuel Ryder Trail is an exciting insight into Samuel Ryder. Many are well aware of his golfing achievements surrounding the Ryder Cup however this trail focuses on the Samuel achievement as the religious leader, the politician and the family man well before he ever discovered golf. The trail is best used as you walk around the city, however it still makes an interesting read even if you are not currently in St Albans.

You can view the trail leaflet online here, or pick up a paper copy at St Albans Museum + Gallery in St Peter's Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ.

Self-guided walks - Curious about St Albans

If you're curious about St Albans, you can buy one of the "Curious about..." comprehensive booklets directing you to the most fascinating areas. You'll discover what's important, at your own speed, and level of interest. And it's not just the obvious places - they make sure you visit the unusual ones too, with hidden treasures to discover, creating the complete story of the city, and revealing the personality of the place.

St Albans Ride & Dine

Guided cycle tour with an evening meal. The tour covers Sandridge, Wheathamstead, The Ayot Greenway, Ayot St Peter, Shaws Corner and the Chiltern Cycleway.

St Albans Sky Ride

Sky Ride Local rides are fun, free community bike rides that offer a great way of getting out and exploring your local area and meeting like-minded people. British Cycling trained ride leaders guide groups of around 16-24 people along a variety of fascinating rural and urban routes. They’re on hand to provide friendly encouragement and guidance, whatever your age or ability. All the rides take place on a Sunday and are grouped into different categories:
- Easygoing
- Steady
- Challenging