A circular walk around Welwyn Garden City
We are fortunate in Welwyn Garden City to be surrounded by green fields and countryside, ensuring that the town remains true to Ebenezer Howard’s original vision of ‘a marriage of town and country’.
To celebrate this vision, one of the signature projects of the centenary year in 2020 is to develop a circular walk to unite and encompass the whole town, joining existing footpaths and rights of way into a cohesive and very attractive 20.20km circular route. This route will be a permanent legacy lasting well beyond the centenary year.
The circular walk takes in some beautiful locations around Welwyn Garden City, including Stanborough Lakes, Mill Green, The Commons Nature Reserve, the site of the Panshanger Aerodrome, Tewin Bury, Digswell, Sherrardspark Woods, Brocket Hall and Lemsford.
There is a one mile accessible circular trail around The Commons and part of the Nature Reserve.
Spokes radiate from the perimeter of the walk into the town to link with existing town trails and information about historical sites can be seen along the way.
There are occasional guided walks round the route – look out for details on this site if you would like to join one.
The inauguration of the Centenary Walk will be on Sunday 19th April 2020 and will be a community walk open to all. It will be a fundraising event organised by the Welwyn Hatfield Rotary Club, who have an annual sponsored walk in April every year and in 2020, the walk will follow this new route
Maps, publicity and leaflets
The walk is marked with specially designed centenary waymarkers on the trail itself, making it easy to follow with or without a map and there will be information boards at Digswell car park and Stanborough Lakes. There will also be a leaflet accompanying the walk which will also be available online and can be printed at home highlighting some of the points of interest and history of Welwyn Garden City’s first 100 years. This will be widely available from the beginning of the centenary year.
What’s happening now?
Work is underway to improve some of the path surfaces; there is now a boardwalk in Lemsford and there will be a new bridge near The Commons Nature Reserve. We are grateful to our very generous sponsors for making this possible.
Who is involved?
The project is the responsibility of a group of enthusiastic volunteers – see below. We are working with landowners, Herts County Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, local disability groups and local historians. Their support has been invaluable.
This project is linked with the City of Trees, and also the Garden City Welcome project.