Explore Welwyn Garden City's trails

Why not get outdoors and explore our wonderful town? Our trails celebrate both the nature and history of Welwyn Garden City.   

Download one of our leaflets, or use the QR code for the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust’s trails. 

Centenary Walk

Our 20.20km circular walk celebrates the town’s centenary, and marriage of town and country. Walk in sections, or if you’re feeling energetic why not try the full circuit? 

Founders' Trail

   Find out more about the men who founded and built Welwyn Garden City 100 years ago with our Founders’ Trail.  Follow the map to the six memorials and spot the missing word from the inscription *

* Two of the memorials are indoors. Please check the latest government guidelines before visiting. 

City of Trees - Welwyn Garden City Arboretum

City of Trees

Our four trails celebrate some of the more unusual of the 19,000 trees in our town.

The Campus

The Campus and top of Parkway boast many wonderful trees in a comparatively small area. 

Sherrardspark Wood

This ancient wood dates from 1086 with an entry for Digswell in the Domesday Book.

Handside & Stanborough

Trees in this area determined where many of the junctions in the town plan were located. 

Beehive Tree Walk

Start the walk at Woodhall Parade and explore Gooseacre, Beehive Green & Thumbswood.

Why not visit our Junior Corner at www.wgccityoftrees.org.uk and see if you can match the leaves with the trees on the Thumbswood map in the Beehive Tree Walk. 

The Welwyn Garden City Photo Trail

Why not try orienteering?

Orienteering is an outdoor sport that exercises mind and body and is great fun!   It is for everybody from age 8-80, from complete beginners, to gentle walkers and competitive runners.  The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. 

Why not try orienteering at your own pace and spot some of the town’s iconic landmarks.  Click on the leaflets below to download or print on A4 – one contains words, one the photos. 

Look for leaflets for the new Welwyn Garden City Photo trail in Waterstones and Oxfam Bookshop when they reopen.  Our thanks to Hertfordshire Orienteering Club for creating this excellent new photo trail. 


Healthy exercise
with a navigational twist

Any time
27th March - 29th Apil 2021

For newcomers
No equipment needed
Covid safe

WGC Street Orienteering - Girl Running
WGC Street Orienteering - Map

Download a map showing a set of checkpoints.

Run, jog, or walk to visit as many as you can in 45mins.

Compare your route & time with others using the free app if you like.

Four different course.

FREE!  Details online.

u16s must go with an adult.

WGC Street Orienteering - Family Running

Hertfordshire OC
WGC100 Orienteering

hertfordshire orienteering

WGC Heritage Trust

Hertitage Trust Trails


Explore the history of our town through two heritage trails created by the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust – the Town Centre Trail and the Peartree Trail through the former industry centre.  The town centre trail is accessible for wheelchair users. 

The former industry centre at Peartree is where the first laundry, Barcley Corsets building, Welwyn Film Studios and the building where Henry Birkin built his famous turbocharged racing Bentleys can be seen.

Use the QR code below, or from the Waterstones bookshop outside the Howard Centre.  

A picture plus text will appear giving details of the location and its place in the history ofWGC. When ready scroll down to the map for directions to the next QR sign. 

The whole walk takes up to 90 minutes and brings you back to the start. Enjoy your walk!