What we're about

HIKE - "To walk a long way usually for pleasure, especially in the country"
Our hikes are typically 8 - 10 miles (12.8 - 16 km), sometimes shorter or longer.

  • Local hikes in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas
  • Day hikes elsewhere in South-East England
  • Hiking weekends away in England and Wales

WELCOME!
If you would like to explore the countryside of England and Wales on foot, you are welcome to join us.
Bienvenue
Willkommen
Benvenuti/Benvenute
Bienvenido
Witamy
Dobrodošli
Καλώς Όρισες
ยินดีต้อนรับ
歡迎光臨
Plus many other languages, too numerous to list.

MEMBERSHIP
To join one of our events:

  • Log in to Meetup if you already have a Meetup login. If not, please see below.
  • Join the South Herts Hikers Meetup Group by clicking the 'Join Us' button above. This gives you immediate free trial membership of our group and you can attend our events.
  • Select an event and click 'Attend'. You should receive an email confirming your place. If the event is already full you will be put onto a waiting list.

If you don't have a Meetup login yet, you can create one easily using the login details of an existing Facebook or Google login or you can create a separate Meetup login.

To cover the costs of running this Meetup Group and other associated costs, we suggest a voluntary annual membership donation of £1 (50p if you join July onwards) at your first event of each year plus a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant. Cash is preferred or you can use Paypal https://paypal.me/SouthHertsHikers

MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA
Membership is open to anyone aged 18 or more who has an interest in hiking, regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs, provided they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Being friendly towards all other Group members, treating other members with respect and as equals.
  • Avoiding any conduct likely to discourage any other member from participating in future Group events or from organising future group events. In particular, this group is a “Grump Free Zone” especially on Group weekends away!

ETIQUETTE
These aren't rules but advice for a friendly group

  1. The walk leader sets the pace suitable for the slowest member, as long as we can complete the walk in a reasonable time. It is not a race to finish first nor a training event nor a non-stop work-out. We stop from time to time to regroup (for example after going through a gate), to have a rest, a drink or a snack, admire the view or take photos, etc. You may need extra clothing to put on for stops in colder weather.
  2. We have members of different ages and genders and we like everyone to relate to each other on an equal basis.
  3. We have members from different nationalities and cultures. We like to make everyone welcome and we don't quiz anyone about their background or country of origin, they can tell us if they like but this is optional.
  4. Conversations on a group walk or other event can often be overheard by others so we avoid discussing anything that is out of place in a friendly social group. This would include avoiding heated debates or any discussions about controversial or unpleasant subjects that others may not wish to hear about, including religion, UK politics or politics of any other country.

WHAT TO TAKE
Most of our routes are on public footpaths in the countryside. Some of these may be slippery, muddy or stony in places. You need adequate footwear, preferably hiking boots, with thick soles and good grip. You need a waterproof jacket in case it rains and in cold weather, you also need a warm outdoor jacket and an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops.

We have some info pages on what to take for day hikes and weekends away. Please see the Hiking Info http://southhertshikers.uk/info/ page on our web site for further details.

PAST EVENTS
You can find a photo album for each past event on this Meetup Group.

AFFILIATION
We are affiliated to The Ramblers https://www.ramblers.org.uk/
Hertfordshire & North Middlesex Area https://www.hnmramblers.org.uk/

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please see the FAQ page http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/ on our web site or click the Organizers https://www.meetup.com/SouthHertsHikers/members/?op=leaders link on Meetup to contact the organizers via Meetup messaging.

Upcoming events (1)

Sunday Hike, Park Street - Bricket Wood Circular 9.8 mls

Park Street Station

A hike in Hertfordshire including Bricket Wood Common and part of the Ver-Colne valley walk.

Meet 10:15 for 10:33 start at Park Street station, Watling Street, Park Street, Herts AL2 2NG. Meet at the station entrance by the ticket machine. Hike starts and finishes at Park Street station.

Nearest post code: AL2 2NG
Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
OSGB National Grid Reference: TL147043
What3words https://w3w.co/universally.walks.banana

HIKE DESCRIPTION:
Park Street Station - How Wood - Chiswell Green, optional quick coffee stop. Continue to Garston, eat packed lunch in Garston Park, visit pub for a drink. After lunch via Bricket Wood Common and the Ver-Colne Valley Walk back to Park Street Station.

Morning 75% on public footpaths, 2 km in built-up areas. Afternoon 85% on public footpaths, last 1 km in a built-up area.

Total distance is 9.8 miles (15.7 km) with some small hills (total 88 metres ascent and descent).
We are likely to finish by 16:30 or earlier (sunset 17:09).

PLACES OF INTEREST:
Bricket Wood Common leaflet https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/26622239/bricket-wood-common-leaflet-st-albans-city-district-council

Ver Valley walk 8 https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/countryside-management/walking-and-cycling-routes.aspx?searchInput=&page=9&resultsPerPage=10&view=card

HIKING MAP:
O.S. 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182 St Albans & Hatfield.

ONLINE MAP:
This route was devised by South Herts Hikers. There is a static map in the event photo above and you can find an interactive map on Wikiloc https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/park-street-bricket-wood-loop-43327024

You can select aerial view or map (OpenStreetmap recommended) and you can zoom in. If you set up a free Wikiloc login, you can download a .GPX file to use with any GPS app such as OSMand, Komoot, All Trails or Outdoor Active or a .KML file to use with Google Maps.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES):
From St Albans Abbey station (SAA) (not St Albans City) 09:29 - Park Street (PKT) 09:32

From London Euston (EUS) 09:56 via Watford Junction (WFJ) 10:20 - Park Street (PKT) 10:33. We will wait for the 10:33 train to arrive.

No bus service to Park Street on Sundays, nearest bus route is bus 321 from St Albans to King Harry P.H. Watford Road St Albans then walk 1.25 mls/2 km (30 mins)

CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
No parking in Park Street station car park (rail users only). Parking may be possible in nearby streets south of the railway (please park considerately).

• What to bring
Much of the route is on public footpaths in the countryside. Some of these may be slippery, muddy or stony in places. You need adequate footwear, preferably hiking boots, with thick soles and good grip. You also need a warm outdoor jacket for winter, an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

Drink is essential and a packed lunch is recommended. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

• Important to know
We suggest a voluntary annual membership donation of £1 (50p if you join July onwards) at your first event of the year plus a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant. That's £3.00 for your first hike with us in 2023 or £2.00 per event after that. This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group. Cash is preferred or you can use Paypal https://paypal.me/SouthHertsHikers

There will be a short 15 minute mid-morning stop 2.9 km from the start at Chiswell Green where you can grab a quick coffee at Starbucks if you like. Lunch stop is 8.2 km from the start in Garston. We can stop for a drink at a pub, Harvester Garston, St Albans Road, Garston, Watford, WD25 0LL but as this is a restaurant, there won't be time to order food. A packed lunch is recommended or you may be able to buy a snack at the small CostSaver supermarket, 3, Horseshoe Lane. You can eat your own lunch in Garston Park nearby. There will also be a 10 minute mid-afternoon stop 11.5 km from the start on the Ver-Colne Valley Walk.

Please note our membership criteria and guidelines for etiquette. From this Meetup Goup's home page https://www.meetup.com/southhertshikers/ see What we're about > Read More

For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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Past events (185)

Sunday hike, Bayford - Brickendon circular, 9.0 miles

Outside Baker Arms pub

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