Cole Green Way traffic-free cycle route

Cole Green Way Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Cole Green Way is a 5 mile route that runs along a disused railway line. The route as shown below starts at Hertford East train station, so you can easily get there by bike. Just be sure to first read my Bikes on Trains post.

The route shown below includes some cycling on (usually) quiet roads. It finishes on the edge of Welwyn Garden City, and it’s possible to ride on (usually) quiet roads to the train station.


The surface varies from tar, to concrete, to the (majority) segments of self-compacting gravel. Near Hertford the trail recently had been resurfaced, fixing what was often before a very muddy stretch.


Practically all bikes can use the route, but trikes, most cargo bikes and similar may struggle.


There are toilets at Hertford East train station, at The Black Horse pub and again at Cowpers Arms.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

Points of Interest

Consider visiting Hertford Castle.

Routes in Hertfordshire


There are some barriers along the routes, and I expect trikes may struggle to get through. However, trikes should be able to access the route from Hertford.

Forecast for Cole Green Way

What it looks like

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DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below) from which you can download the GPX file for the route.

See also  Middlewood Way Traffic-Free Cycle Route

1 thought on “Cole Green Way traffic-free cycle route”

  1. The barrier at the west end of the route leaving Welwyn Garden City has been replaced with LTN 1/20 compliant well spaced bollards, so trike access is no longer a problem at this end.

    The new cycle path (2023) into the centre of Welwyn GC means you can safely cycle right into the town centre off road if you follow the Black Fan Road – Mundells – Bessemer Road – Bridge Road route.


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