Welwyn Hatfield Cycling Forum

Working with Welwyn Hatfield Council to improve and promote cycling in the district

We run a social ride on the second Saturday of every month. The rides generally use segregated cycle paths or quiet roads around our area and are suitable for teenagers and adults.

We also run family rides to particular events that we think might interest people. These will be fairly short and should be suitable for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Start time and starting point vary depending on the ride, so do check the events listings below. Rides are free and open to all, but when you arrive you will have to sign in.

Events that we visit may have an entry fee, this will be noted in the ride details.

If you'd like more information on any ride, or if you would like to suggest a ride, please email us. Details on the Contacts page.

Click here for a list of all proposed events for 2014. Note: details and dates may change so please check nearer the time.

Forthcoming Events for 2014

April 2014

FIVE MILES TO FABULOUS

SATURDAY 26TH APR

On Sat 26th of April we are holding a ladies only Five Miles to Fabulous ride.

We will leave Monks Walk School, Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7NL at 12.00 for a slow circuit of the town using off road paths and quiet roads. The ride is aimed at women who used to cycle but have not been out for a while and want a gentle re-introduction, or who have recently learned to ride a bike and wish to gain experience. The pace will be gentle and the company friendly.

Car parking and loos at the school. All ladies and accompanied daughters over 8 welcome.

May 2014

THE WOMENS TOUR

SATURDAY 10TH MAY

The Second Saturday Social for May is a family ride from Hatfield to Welwyn Garden City on May 10th to enable locals to soak up the atmosphere of the Womens Tour Stage 4 finish and visit the Welwyn Hatfield Cycling Forum stall and any other special activity stalls.

Here is all the race background you need and a preview video.

Our led ride will leave from Hatfield Swim Centre, Lemsford Rd, AL10 0EB at 11am and travel off-road to WGC in plenty of time to see the exciting race finish on Parkway. We will return to Hatfield later in the afternoon at a mutually convenient time.

Children (8+) must be accompanied by an adult. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy and bring locks!

Contact mobile (on the day only) 0781 487 6492

STEAMING CYCLISTS

SUNDAY 18TH MAY

Steaming cyclists is our annual trip for younger riders to see the miniature steam trains at Colney Heath at the hidden railway. Our ride uses the Alban Way, a bridleway with a few lumps and bumps to make it interesting and then a cycle route along and over the A414 (you have to push your bike over the bridge). A short stretch of quiet lane (with pavement for the youngest) takes us down to the railway, run by the North London Society of Model Engineers.

The ride in each direction is an easy 3 miles and takes about 40 minutes. We don't go fast and will make sure the smallest riders are not left behind.

At the railway there are two lines and trains run on a continuous loop, with the high level line passing through a tunnel and over the other line on an impressively high bridge. There are toilets and a small café (open if they have enough volunteers on duty).

Note you may have to queue if rides are popular. The NLSME do ask for donations to help fund their coal and tea, which they seem to run on. So please bring some pound coins

Meet at The Forum, College Lane, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB for 11 am start.

For more information please contact the ride leader Adam Edwards 07963 505025.

June 2014

MICHAELS FOLLY

SUNDAY 29TH JUNE

On Sun 29 June Michaels Folly at Epping Green will be open to the public from 2pm to 5.30pm as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

We will meet outside Morrisons, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1RY at 1pm and lead a ride there.

Admission to the gardens is £3.50 (children free) and tea will be served.

July 2014

TO TROTTERS BOTTOM AND BEYOND

SATURDAY 12TH JULY

This ride, (route here), takes us over the border into London to show riders how far south you can get on quiet roads if you know what you are looking for. Aside from a few potholes and a short bit off smooth but unsurfaced path, it's smooth tarmac all the way.

From The Forum Hatfield we cycle south along National Route 12 to South Mimms and a short ride down the 1930s cycle path along side the A1. At Trotters Bottom we use the horse and cycle bridge to head south east to Barnet. Passing the Arkely we whiz down hill to the Dollis Valley Greenway which we then follow for 2 miles.

A late lunch will be taken at Michaels Patisserie Brasserie Boulangerie, Woodside Park.

A short ride on to Oakleigh Park station then completes the ride. We will get a train back to Hatfield and then riders make their own way home.

Total cycling distance 15.4 miles.

Please contact Adam Edwards the ride leader to let you know you are coming: 01707 271454.


Past Events from 2014

April 2014

APRIL SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Greens Are Good For You

The complete list of Greens visited on our ride was: That makes a total of twelve Greens, plus Green's Wood. And we could even have made a detour to add Raffin Green. But thirteen Greens on one ride, would certainly have been an overdose and might even have been unlucky!

Six WHCF regulars were joined by two newcomers, Tom and Graham on a very pleasant ride through the country lanes to Datchworth. We purposely took a very circuitous route in order to visit as many Village Greens as possible on the way. (Well we had to have a silly theme, didn't we?).

Mustard field
Something yellow for a change

We stopped for lunch at The Old Post Office Tea Rooms on the edge of Datchworth Green, where we indulged ourselves on a good range of food, including some very nice cakes, but sadly no Greens.

The Old Post Office Tea Rooms
The Old Post Office Tea Rooms

Well nourished, we took a more direct route back to WGC, this time via only four Greens.

We certainly had more than our Recommended Daily Allowance of Greens, but I'm sure they were good for us!

If you would like to retrace our ride, here is the route. You can export it as a GPX or other format file from the EXPORT tab on this page.

Mar 2014

MARCH SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Jacks Jersey

Sadly Tom Cruise was not be able to join our ride in homage to Jack Reacher, but six people on bikes did with one more joining us at Jack's cafe for the ride home.

Leaving from the Forum in Hatfield we went via Hatfield Garden Village, a farm track to Symmonds Hyde, then on quiet lanes via an Iron Age hill fort and a ford over the River Lea to Jack's Café in Wheathampstead.

Everyone, except Freddy and Adam on the tandem, had come on mountain bikes hoping for rough stuff but sadly most of this had dried out. Even the ford at Wheathampstead wasn't a ford.

After a pleasant but slightly chilly lunch at the tables outside we retraced our way past the ford and then up Dyke's Lane past the big ditch, Nomansland Common and some more back lanes to Sandridge. A nice signpost
A nice signpost

We then headed for Jersey Lane which took us (almost) to the north entrance to the Oaklands College estate from which we reached the Alban Way and thence a swift, smooth and sunny ride back to our starting point.

We were elated to find the section of the Alban Way from Ellenbrook to the A1001 has been newly surfaced - thanks to WHCF and Cathy in particular.

You can see our route here.

You can download a gpx trace of the route here

Feb 2014

FEBRUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Beyond Wildhill.

Six of us set off from Hatfield Town centre with mountain bikes and one hybrid. Our mission: to cycle from Hatfield to Hertford and back without going through Welwyn Garden City.

The forecast was for rain and wind but luckily for us it turned out to be a very pleasant day. Our route passed through Wildhill and Essendon and covered some wet and muddy offroad sections and some equally wet and occasionally hilly onroad sections, plus a stretch of the Cole Green Way.

Ford
Riding through a ford on the way to Essendon

We arrived in Hertford and made straight for Cafe Rouge where we had a good lunch with coffee and cakes to follow.

Our ride leader decided that a stretch of bridlepath on the intended return route was too muddy and cut up so we returned the traditional way via Cole Green Way and Welwyn Garden City. However there was still one surprise left for us - the subway where the Cole Green Way passes under the A414 was flooded. A couple of the more intrepid opted to cycle or walk through water which turned out to be a good two feet deep. The rest of us climbed the bank up to the A414 and crossed there.

The extraordinary weather prevented us from completing the intended route but we will try again later in the year. Watch this space!

Jan 2014

JANUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

To Bhaktivedanta Manor

Our first Saturday Social Ride of 2014 fell on January 11th and the destination was Bhaktivedanta Manor near Watford. Seven people turned up at the meeting point outside The Forum and we set off just after 11am. We joined the Alban Way but turned left onto Smallford Lane to meet the cycle path on the North side of the A 414. Following it East to London Colney roundabout we crossed using the footbridge to reach London Colney High Street. Leaving the village via St. Annes Road we turned right onto the B5378 and then immediately left onto a bridleway which took us along the North side of the River Colne. Although it wasn't actually raining the ground was fairly saturated with plenty of muddy puddles to negotiate. After passing under the M25 and over the railway we came out through an industrial estate onto Colney Street. That is quite a busy road so we crossed it and went South for a few hundred metres along the footway to safely reach the track to Netherwylde Farm. From there we joined Oakridge Lane down to High Cross and another bridleway across fields and into the village of Letchmore Heath.

To get to Bhaktivedanta Manor by car you have to go a long way round and approach from the South-West via a relatively new access road. Being on bikes we managed to gain entry via a pedestrian gate in the village, saving ourselves at least a mile of riding on fairly unpleasant roads (it is not supposed to be a public entrance so don't count on being able to use it if you visit). First stop was the cafe/bakery for sustenance. There was a queue and the people behind the counter seemed to be doing everything in slow motion but it was worth the wait. We took our curries and deserts into a sort of conservatory with tables and chairs and had a pleasant lunch.

Bhaktivedanta Manor

Bhaktivedanta Manor

Bhaktivedanta Manor was donated to ISKCON by George Harrison in 1973 and when he died in 2001 the Manor resolved to create a quiet garden in his memory. It is worth a visit just for the gardens but we were also offered a tour of the Manor, including rooms that were used by the Manor's founder - A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. We had to cut the tour short to ensure we got back before dark but we were all invited to return when the days are longer. We retraced our route back to Hatfield, arriving shortly before dusk.

You can see an interactive map of the route we took here.

You can download a gpx trace of the route here

Past Events from 2013

Dec 2013

DECEMBER SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

A small select group set out on a bright, if a bit chilly Saturday morning to ride the newly resurfaced Alban Way and the proposed route of the St Albans Green Ring. We were all impressed by the new surface on the Alban Way. (So good, you even notice the gradients, because you can freewheel down them!).

The proposed Green Ring route joins a number of established cycle routes and minor residential roads to form a complete circle around the City centre; linking many schools and community facilities. We stopped occasionally to discuss the schemes on parts of the route, which at the time was out for consultation. All of which seemed very sensible to us as cyclists.

Arriving back on the Alban Way at Morrisons, one of our party wanted to visit Cotswold Outdoors, in Victoria Street. So he invited us to try Cafe Alfresco (fortunately we didn't have to sit outside) across the road from Cotswold, for lunch and a chat. Hunger satisfied, we couldn't resist re-sampling the resurfacing delights of the Alban Way back to Hatfield.

Full details of the Green Ring proposals can be found here.

Oct 2013

OCTOBER FAMILY RIDE

Last of the Summer Rides?

Somewhat later than planned for 2013, 11 riders (including 5 children) took full advantage of the last warm day of the year with a short child friendly ride to our old favourite, the North London Society of Model Engineers miniature steam railway.

From Wrestler's Bridge, Hatfield we cycled along Alban Way.

Full steam ahead along Alban Way

Full steam ahead along Alban Way

With a group of older children than last year we were there in 45 minutes and had time for a couple of rides behind the miniature locomotives. A highlight was an engine using a bent tea leaf strainer as a spark catcher! And to prove they run a real railway there was engineering work on the other line, closed since 2012, where a new tunnel is being built by the cut and cover method. Something to look forward to on next years ride.

OCTOBER SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

This was a first: a WHCF ride along the Cole Green Way blocked by a fallen tree. Adam the ride leader says "We need a saw for this" only to find Roger our Treasurer had one in his rucksac! So we set to, sawing and pruning and moving and shifting and soon had the cycle path clear. Off we set again for about 200 yards before finding another tree branch that had to be dispatched, which was why Roger had brought the saw, having seen it earlier in the week. Having already swept glass off the cycle path in Welwyn GC, the eleven riders defininately did their good deeds this day.

Cole Green Way tree clearing en-route

Cole Green Way tree clearing en-route

Our destination, the Food and Drink Festival in Hertford, was a bit disappointing, as we'd been expecting something more extensive around the town, instead of just a few stalls and a farmers market. However, this didn't stop us tucking in at Serendipity's. Sadly Roger's reward for all the sawing was to find his lunch order getting lost (most unusual) and therefore being much delayed, but they did give him a free orange juice by way of an apology.

Having led the route outwards from The Forum Hatfield along National Cycle Route 61 to pick up riders at Morrison's, on the way back those returning to Hatfield took a short cut across Welwyn GC via Beehive Lane to the QE2 and Mill Green Museum. Here the short and very green bridleway just beyond the car park leads to the A414 traffic lights, a good safe place to cross the A1000. This is the very path taken by Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit fame when she stayed at Bush Hall. One day there will be a Beatrix Potter Cycle Path from Mill Green to Stanborough. You will join us on the ride won't you?

AUGUST SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Aug 2013

AUGUST SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Our second Saturday rides often end up at a cafe and August was no exception. This time the destination was The Orchard Cafe at Shenley Park, which is apparently very popular with groups of cyclists.

Seven adults and two youngsters set off from The Forum in Hatfield, heading for National Cycle Route 12 in Welham Green. We crossed the A 1001 and then pushed our bikes up the steep embankment at a set of steps to join a recently improved path which joins up with Delsome Lane. This is not an official cycle route but there are hopes that it will become one if the University gets permission to build it's new sports facility nearby.

We left route 12 where it turns south off Dixons Hill Road, crossed the bridge over the A1 into North Mymms and took the first left turn. That brought us to St Mary's Church where we joined a bridleway heading south. The track was initially smooth and level but then there was a fairly long steep climb which slowed us right down. On cresting the hill we stopped for a short rest before enjoying a lovely descent through the woods, coming out onto Blackhorse Lane. At this point we were joined by a tenth rider who had intended to ride from the start but been delayed by a puncture.

We headed west on Blackhorse Lane till it met the B 556 and used a short section of parallel bridleway before rejoining the main road where it goes under the M25, then took the second left turn onto Rectory Lane. This was a nice quiet lane with almost no traffic and it took us practically all the way to Shenley Park. There were loads of people at The Orchard Cafe but there was plenty of table space outside and we enjoyed our lunch in the sunshine.

Orchard Cafe lunch

The lunch party at Orchard Cafe

On the way back we varied the route a bit, taking Mimms Lane to South Mimms and a different bridleway through the woods, joining route 12 south of Water End. The youngsters had seemed a bit reluctant at the start but they managed fine and everyone seemed to enjoy the ride.

Here's an interactive map of our route out and our return.

And here are the .gpx files for the outward and return routes.

July 2013

JULY FAMILY RIDE

Normally when leading a bike ride you worry about wind and rain. Not our recent ride: Heat and sun were the problem, so I was very pleased the ride was to Wheathampstead via Sherrardspark Wood and the Ayot (tree lined) Greenway.

Sixteen of us made the trip including two cycling children and one 2 year old in trailer. As a consequence we were much faster than last time, when there were lots of stops for children, and we only took 45 mins to get to Wheathampstead.

Here we watched the parade and went to the fair, after a sausage baguette and other delicacies at The Swan. Later, searching for a cappuccino, your ride leader found Jack's café, which is handily placed right at the end of the cycle path. Nice coffee and nice cakes, so we will go there again.

One historical detail about Wheathampstead: The Lea used to be the boundary between the Danelaw (aka the Viking North) and the Saxon England of King Alfred the Great, so we had cycled across an ancient international boundary. Not often WHCF manages that!

Danelaw plaque at Wheathampstead

Danelaw plaque at Wheathampstead

Our next family ride will be our annual outing to see the miniature steam engines at Colney Heath. If you'd like reminder, please sign up for our mailing list. See the Contacts page.

June 2013

JUNE SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

A small but keen group of aircraft anoraks assembled at The Forum for our ride to the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre at London Colney. Apart from a few short sections of very quiet lanes and some main road crossings, our outward route followed fairly level, but sometimes rather bumpy off road paths all the way to our destination. This included a relatively new bridle path alongside part of Coursers Road, created as part of reinstatement works following gravel extraction. Unfortunately this path has so far mainly attracted horse riders, so the stone dust surface has not settled down to the smooth surface that regularly used cycle paths offer in this material. More cyclists needed urgently!

The museum is stuffed full of de Havilland memorabilia, including many complete planes that you are allowed to inspect inside. But we didn't just go to look at planes. There was a bike on display; part of the kit installed in a WWII troop landing glider.

We could have stayed longer, but our bikes were eager to get going again. For the return ride, we decided to be adventurous and venture into uncharted territory along a route that one of our members had suggested when we first proposed visiting the Museum. This led us through Mymmshall and Hawkshead Woods across to Water End where we joined NCN12 for the ride back to Hatfield.

You can see the route we took here.

You can download a gpx trace of the route here

April 2013

APRIL SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Once again Kinetic Cycles in Welwyn Garden City was our starting point where we met some familiar faces and some new, including a 5 year old on a trailer bike towed by dad.

This leisurely ride took us along no less than four offroad routes, including Sherrardspark Wood, the Ayot Greenway, a section of The Chilterns Cycleway, and the Nickey Line.

Our destination was The Hub at Redbourn, one of the first combined cafe and bike shops in Hertfordshire. It was set up by proprietor Simon Barnes in 2012. Here we sat and chatted over soup, coffee and cake.

Rain set in during the return ride but failed to dampen our spirits as we retraced our route.

Overall we spent a very pleasant day along off road routes where we didn't have to worry about motor vehicles and with a great lunch stop in Redbourn.

Soup, coffee and cake
Soup, coffee and cake at The Hub, Redbourn

February 2013

FEBUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

We met at Kinetic Cycles in Welwyn Garden City for a ride to Emily's Teashop in Whitwell. We managed to miss the snow again (which started falling the following evening) and enjoyed relatively mild conditions with just the odd spell of very light drizzle. We followed national cycle route 57 into Sherrards Wood, stopping briefly to phone Emily's and let them know how many to expect.

We continued on quiet lanes along route 12 through Ayot St Peter and down to the river Mimram where we turned left onto the Kimpton Road. When we reached Codicote Bottom we turned right and then left just after the bridge onto a muddy bridleway which was fine for mountain bikes but only just passable with skinny tyres. After a very short road section we turned off onto another bridleway which continued up the river on the same side before emerging onto the Codicote Road. A couple more miles and we were in Whitwell where we followed signs to Emily's Tea Shop.

Emily's is recommended on the website of the Central London CTC in their list of cycle friendly pubs and cafes in Hertfordshire. It was nice and warm inside and they had already put enough tables together for us to sit round. As well as tea, coffee and cakes they did soup, sandwiches and jacket potatoes. They also have a bike workshop attached with some second hand bikes and bits for sale.

After eating it was tempting to stay and chat but we still had to get home and a bit of prompting was required to get the group mobilised. There was a suggestion we avoid the bridleways this time but people seemed happy to tackle the mud again rather than ride on the roads so we retraced our route back to Welwyn Garden City and the end of another successful ride.

In the garden at Emily's Teashop Whitwell


The happy band in the garden at Emily's Teashop Whitwell
And yes we do have bikes somewhere...

You can see the route we took here. Click the Play button at lower right to watch a replay of the route.

You can download a gpx trace of the route here

January 2013

JANUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Ten people braved chilly weather, fortunately ahead of the snow the following week, to ride from The Forum Hatfield along NCN12 to South Mimms for a sociable break over tea, coffee, pizza and cake at the cycle path services. (Apparently motorists can reach them from the M25). We rode on to Potters Bar via the ford over the Mymmshall Brook. Given the cold and a deep river, everyone took the wise decision to use the bridge. At the station many people chose to ride back to Hatfield, but your ride leader, with son on new bike, took the train. Well he's only ten and 10 miles was enough for shorter legs on a new Islabike!

Outside South Mimms Services
Outside South Mimms Services

Tea and Pizza, South Mimms Services
Tea and Pizza, South Mimms Services

You can see the route we took here. Click the Play button at lower right to watch a replay of the route.

You can download a gpx trace of the route here

Past Events from 2012

December 2012

DECEMBER SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Six of us turned up for this ride which took us along the Alban Way to Verulamium Park where we explored the new cycle network and stopped for lunch in the Inn on the Park cafe. On the way we stopped for a wander round the Watercress Wildlife nature reserve on the Alban Way.

Image: December Saturday Social ride

November 2012

NOVEMBER SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

We spent a very enjoyable time pottering along various national cycle routes including Route NCN61, Route NCN57 and Route NCN12. We also explored some of the local cycle paths around the Welwyn Hatfield area along with a few minor roads and a short section of rather muddy bridle path. We ended up at the Red Lion pub in Hatfield for a late lunch.

Image: November Saturday Social ride



You can see the route we took here. Click the Play button at lower right to watch a replay of the route.

Or you can download a gpx trace of the route here.

More details of the national cycle routes that we used on our Cycle Routes page.

July 2012

KALEIDOSCOPE FESTIVAL 2012

Despite the poor weather we had a steady stream of visitors to our stall looking for local cycling info and advice, maps and free cycle parking, and we checked a few bikes. We also managed a little time for tea breaks in front of our new Big Lottery funded gazebo - especially appreciated in the rain showers.

Gazebo



Our efforts were rewarded by spectacular cloud formations.

Gazebo

June 2012

Herts Steam Engine Preservation Society Steam Rally

SUNDAY 10th JUNE

The Steam Rally was cancelled due to the site being very wet which lead to us cancelling the ride.

Welwyn Festival

SATURDAY 16TH JUNE

We had a stall at Welwyn Festival in Welwyn Village Satuday 16th June where we provided info about cycling in the local area, maps of local cycle routes and a questionnaire about why people do or don't cycle.

May 2012

Colney Heath start

North London Society of Model Engineers, Colney Heath


A small group including a new family, rode from Welwyn Garden City to Colney Heath to see the North London Society of Model Engineers miniature steam railway. With the youngest rider aged 9 and nearly three quarters (and on a tandem) good speed was made to Hatfield and then on down the Alban Way. New family Mum was particularly impressed with the ultra smooth surface west of Ellenbrook, which of course sadly then ends at Smallford. We then took the bridleway to the A414 and your ride leader managed a possibly unique event in WHCF ride history, the grounding of a tandem on a large rut in the worst bit! Then it was only a few tree roots to avoid, the push over the bridge and we were there.

Sadly only one railway was in operation, so queues for rides were longer than normal, but there were some spectacular engines to see. Ride leader and son also had the novelty of a train running out of steam on a slope and needing a banking engine (ok man in orange safety vest) to get going again. And yes I still ducked at the tunnel despite knowing it really is high enough.

April 2012

Cycle Ride to Tewinbury Farm

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Due to the poor weather this ride was cancelled.

March 2012

Shaw's Corner, Ayot St. Lawrence

SUNDAY 25 MARCH 2012

Six people, including three adult newcomers came on the ride to Shaw's Corner. We had a very leisurely ride which took about an hour each way. It was a lovely day and a very pleasant destination, which everyone appreciated. We had quite a mixed bunch of bikes with a tricycle, a dog trailer complete with dog, a Brompton folding bike, a tourer and two mountain bikes. We used an on-road alternative route to the bridle path from Ayot Green to Shaw's Corner because the bridle path was quite rough and not suitable for some of the bicycles. However we used the better surfaced bridle path back without too much difficulty. This will surely become one of our regular rides.

Shaws Corner

ROUTE: National Cycle Network Route (NCN 12) to Ayot St Peter. Then Bridle Paths, or quiet lanes (depending on route conditions) to Ayot St Lawrence. Return via a different Bridle Path and NCN 57 to Ayot Green and WGC.

You can download a gpx trace of the route here

DIFFICULTY: Suitable for any bike and ability, but may be a little muddy in places. Route can be adjusted to suit path conditions and rider abilities on the day. Not suitable for very young child cyclists.

WHAT'S THERE: Shaw's Corner is a National Trust Property. It was home to the playwright George Bernard Shaw for more than 40 years until his death in 1950. The house has been preserved as Shaw left it. Even his clothes still hang in the wardrobe. The extensive gardens are also open for viewing, including his unique revolving writing hut.

FACILITIES: Ice Cream and Soft Drinks are available for consumption in the garden.

COST: It was free to join the ride. Entry to Shaw's Corner is half price for cyclists, that is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

February 2012

Great Amwell Nature Reserve - Winter Wildfowl

Sunday 26th February

About eight of us turned up for a leisurely ride in warm sunshine to watch wintering wildfowl on the lakes forming Amwell Nature Reserve near Ware.

The ride left from the entrance to Morrisons supermarket car park on Black Fan Road WGC, AL7 1RY at 10:00.

The route mainly consisted of off road paths forming National Cycle Network Route 61, which follows the old railway formation to Hertford and the Canal towpath through Ware to Amwell. A small section of the route through Hertford is on quiet streets. Total return distance was approximately 20 miles.

Amwell Nature Reserve is a flooded former gravel pit which supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl (which is why we couldn't wait for a warm Summer day) and is said to be one of the best places to see elusive wintering Bitterns, along with many more common species. There is even a colony of Otters. We were fortunate to have one or two people who know their birds.

For more details about the reserve see Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust web site

Past Events from 2011

Past Events from 2010

October 2010

To Broadwater and Beyond!

A cycle ride to celebrate the opening of the Broadwater Road cycle path.

Saturday 16th October 2010

Broadwater and beyond
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July 2010

Kaleidoscope Festival

Once again, we had our stand - handing out cycle route maps and other cycle information.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Kaleidoscope Festival 2010
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June 2010

Tour de Havilland 2010

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Tour de Havilland 2010
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Steaming Cyclist's Family Cycle Ride

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Steaming Cyclists
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March 2010

"Science Week" Family Cycle Ride to Mill Green Museum (WGC)

The March family cycle ride was to Mill Green Museum (WGC) to coincide with National Science and Engineering Week.

Sunday 21st March 2010

Mill Green
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Past Events from 2009

Welwyn Hatfield Cycling Forum organised two social events during 2009:

... and took part in:

Steaming Cyclists

Sept 2009

On Sunday 13th September 2009 the WHCF departed from Wrestler's Bridge, Hatfield and cycled along the Alban Way to Colney Heath to see the
North London Society of Model Engineers
www.nlsme.co.uk where they and their families enjoyed rides on live miniature steam trains.

Kaleidoscope Festival 2009

July 2009

After last year's success we again ran a stall and cycle parking at the Kaleidoscope Festival 2009.

We handed out over 200 copies of the local cycle route maps pack, so many that we ran out!

Tour de Havilland

June 2009

WHCF's first major event took place on 14th June 2009 as part of national Bike Week.

Aimed at families, groups had a map and quiz to do as they road round a 3 mile course entirely on cycle paths within Hatfield Business Park.

40 people took part, with the youngest rider doing the 3 miles on her push along bike.

Members of WHCF were on hand to help at major road crossings and at the Howe Dell Community Centre which was the start and finish point.

All the children were given de Havilland Partnership gym bags with various goodies including information from the police.

The photos show happy children and pleased parents, plus our guest of honour, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough, Councilor Kim Langley.

Our thanks go to all who took part, the Police for riding round and marking bikes of those attending, the Mayor for attending, Lillian Goldberg (Hertfordshire County Council) for advice from previous events and, in particular, the de Havilland Partnership Coordinator Terri Floyd whose support and help turned an idea in to a practical proposition.