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The Category St Albans is a subset of Hertfordshire.

*Heartwood Forest
Size (acreage)850

The Largest New Native Forest In England  'Heartwood Forest is located either side of the B651 between Sandridge and Wheathampstead Village and 2.5 miles north of St Albans City Centre in Hertfordshire. There are currently 12 different entrance points into the forest which are well linked to existing footpaths and bridleways.'

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Woodland Trust

*Highfield Park
Size (acreage)60

'Highfield Park Trust was created in 1996 following the closure of Hill End and Cell Barnes hospitals to provide a diverse rural park for the benefit of the local community. The park has many interesting features including parkland with many mature specimen trees, sports pitches, woodland, a Mediterranean Garden with two petanque courts, a maze, rose gardens, ponds and orchards, all accessible by a network of footpaths and cycle ways ...'

*St Albans and District Footpaths Society

'We are a friendly group of people who enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding us, led by our own members over their favourite walks ...'

Abbey Flyer Walks

'Although the Abbey Flyer links two major population centres in South-West Hertfordshire, there are parts of the line that can still be described as truly rural, and when the sun is sunshine you may be pleasantly surprised just how nice this part of Hertfordshire can be!'

See also

Abbey Line Trail [Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership]

Alban Way
Distance (miles)7

'For cyclists and walkers along the former railway line between St Albans and Hatfield. It is an important link in the local sustainable transport network and forms part of Route 61 of the National Cycle Network.'

Nickey Line Trail
Distance (miles)9

'Former railway line that links Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead. It is approximately 8.5 miles long and suits both walkers and cyclers. The route forms part of route 57 of the National Cycle Network.'

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Friends of the Nickey Line

Samuel Ryder Trail

'Although Samuel Ryder is best remembered as the founder of the Ryder Cup, he was also one of St.Albans' most notable citizens as a successful businessman, churchman and local politician ... This Trail seeks to give a short introduction to Samuel Ryder – the businessman, the churchman and the politician – also to the person that gave the world one of its greatest sporting events ... The Ryder Cup is a magnificent gold trophy made by Mappin & Webb, the famous London silversmiths. Commissioned and paid for by Samuel Ryder, he presented it to The Professional Golfers' Association of Great Britain to be used for an international competition between the USA and GB & Ireland.'

Description from

Samuel Ryder Foundation

St Albans 'Tree' Walks

'Walks within reach of St Albans with photos that show you exactly which way to go.' Based on the book The Remarkable Trees of St Albans (Kate Bretherton, 2010): 'This publication tells the fascinating stories behind the wonderful trees of St Albans: how they came to be there, which are our favourites, and what we can do to ensure that future generations have trees as remarkable as the ones we inherited.'

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Ver Valley Trails

'Explore the beautiful rolling countryside of the Ver Valley through a new series of eight circular walks and the linear trail ... a 17 mile (27km) linear walking route starting from the source of the River Ver at Kensworth Lynch, Bedfordshire and ending at the confluence with the River Colne in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire.'

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Ver Valley Society

Wheathampstead Heritage Trails

'There are six countryside walks and one village centre trail taking you to numerous heritage sites in the parish of Wheathampstead.'

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