If you live in St Albans, Harpenden or one of the surrounding villages there is plenty of choice when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors. A trip to the open spaces, such as Verulam Park, Rothamsted Park or Harpenden Common are all near the town centres which means you can combine a shopping trip or meal out with a walk.
If you live along the Abbey Flyer train line between St Albans Abbey Station and Watford Junction, there are a series of circular walks which are between one and a half and four hours long. You can download maps for the different walks here: http://www.hertslink.org/cms/getactive/walkroutes/abbeyflyer/
A stone’s throw from the centre of St Albans is the village of Sandridge and nearby Heartwood Forest, a combination of ancient woodland and newly planted forest which will grow into the largest native forest in England. In the spring Heartwood Forest is carpeted with bluebells and at the height of summer is filled with poppies, cornflowers and a myriad of wild flowers. There is easy access and a combination of walks to suit everyone.
For a quick outing with the children and their bicycles, two former railway lines, the Nickey Line in Harpenden and the Alban Way Railway Trail between St Albans and Hatfield, are perfect for a Sunday morning stroll. The Nickey Line is a former railway line that links Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead. The route passes through Yew Tree Wood, open countryside and farmland. The Alban Way trail can be joined at various points and is dotted with a variety of art works.
Further afield there are the large estates of Knebworth House and Hatfield House where there are vast acres of parkland for picnicking and walking, and the Ashridge Estate, on the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire make for a great day out.