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 Ebeneezer 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 local nature reserve, the site of the Panshanger Aerodrome, Tewin Bury, Digswell, Monks Walk, Sherrardspark Woods, Ayot Green, Brocket Hall and Lemsford.
Some sections of the walk will be designated ‘wheelchair friendly’ and clearly marked both on the ground and in the accompanying leaflet.
Spokes will radiate from the perimeter into the town to link with existing town trails and information about historical sites can be seen along the way.
We are planning occasional guided walks round the route – look out for details on this site if you would like to join one.
Our launch event will be in April 2020 and 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. In 2020, the walk will follow this new route.
Maps, publicity and leaflets
The walk will be marked with specially designed centenary waymarkers on the trail itself, making it easy to follow with or without a map. There will be information boards at key locations on the route. 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 should be widely available from the beginning of the centenary year.
What’s happening now?
Work is underway to improve some of the path surfaces, including installing a new bridge in The Commons and a boardwalk in Lemsford. 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.