The Great North Way - the way to go...
Welcome to our website created to provide you with information about cycling The Great North Way, as it goes from the edge of London at Hadley Wood, north through Hertfordshire to the border with Bedfordshire at Stotfold. We have also produced a free map to help, though the route is signed throughout it's length.
Hertfordshire has some great countryside to explore... and what’s more you don’t need your car to find it. Get in the saddle and ride the Great North Way! This cycle route takes you from town into countryside using quiet lanes and traffic free sections.
The Great North Way is the latest in a succession of transport routes linking London with northern England & Scotland. Riding the route, you will cross above and below these earlier constructed road and rail links: the medieval Great North Road, The A1 and the East Coast Mainline railway.
The Great North Way (Route 12) forms part of the National Cycle Network. Conceived by the charity Sustrans, it is one of many safe cycle routes making up part of an ambitious countrywide network. When completed, Route 12 will link London with Grimsby via Peterborough.
In Hertfordshire it takes you from Potters Bar (Hadley Wood) to Letchworth and Baldock - a 32 mile ride. You may not want to cycle all of the route, but why not ride part of it? You could even cycle one way and take the train back. See the guide pages for more information.
The map also contains information on interesting places to visit along the route, with an emphasis on free and less expensive attractions. Take a diversion down one of three old railway line cycle routes, expand your mind in Mill Green or Letchworth Heritage museums, explore woodlands or take a trip around Letchworth on their recently opened Greenway. Refreshments can be found in the pubs and cafes shown. If you live and work along the route, why not use this map to plan a cycle ride to work? Nearby schools are also shown to help find a safe way of cycling in on school days.