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What is the Alban Way?

The Alban Way is a trail of approximately 6.5 miles 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.

It can be joined at a number of access points, including Highfield Park (Fleetville, St Albans), Ellenbrook Lane (Hatfield) along its length. Limited car parking at access points is available at the former London Road station in St Albans, the site of the Smallford station in Smallford Lane, and at the eastern end (where it meets the A1057 just off the Great North Road north of Hatfield Station).

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. If you look carefully you may be able to see the former railway platforms in the undergrowth.

Alban way mural 250Along the way there are several artworks which have been commissioned as part of St Albans District Council's public art strategy.

The project is supported by the Millennium Commission, National Cycle Network, Countryside Commission, St Albans City and District Council, Welwyn Hatfield Council, Herts County Council (Environment), Countryside Management Service, Groundwork Hertfordshire, Watling Chase Community Forest, RMC (St Albans Sand and Gravel Co. Ltd.) and the University of Hertfordshire.


Alban Way Greenspace Action Plan 2019-24

A new five year Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) is in production for the Alban Way for St Albans City & District Council. The 2019-24 GAP will continue the work of the current plan which comes to an end in March 2019. Furthermore, it will complement the GAP in production for the Welwyn Hatfield section of the Alban Way, which will also cover the period 2019-24.

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Date of last review: 19 October 2018