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The Prae Wood Arms and Verulamium Park Walk is a 6.9 mile loop trail located near St Albans, Hertfordshire, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 780 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Lake City walk Pub walk
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As of May 28, 2020, users have reported that the gates to enter the woods are currently CLOSED. A circular pub walk from The Prae Wood Arms in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. The Prae Wood Arms is a lovely spacious pub, with a tempting menu made from fresh, local produce. The walking route leads you through the beautiful meadows of the Gorhambury Estate before touring Verulamium Park, the former site of the Roman town that pre-dates St Albans. You will have chance to visit the Verulamium Museum and St Albans Cathedral along the way, whilst enjoying impressive Roman remains and the idyllic chalk stream, the River Ver. The walk has several gentle climbs and descents throughout. The majority of the route follows surfaced driveways and paths, with just a one-mile stretch along unmade woodland and grass paths within the park (which can get a bit soft or muddy). There are no stiles, steps, kissing gates or livestock on route, just a handful of single pedestrian gates. With this in mind the route would be suitable for a rugged pushchair. The paths through Gorhambury Estate (at the start and end of the route) are permissive paths that are open from 8am to 6pm for the majority of the year. These paths are closed every Saturday from 1 September to 31 January (whilst private game shoots take place) and also on a few days for special events (check www.gorhamburyestate.co.uk for any planned closures). When the estate paths are closed, the walk can still be completed by using the alternative route on the pavements alongside the main road. Allow 3.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at The Prae Wood Arms pub on the A5183 Redbourn Road. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code AL3 6JZ. If you are coming by bus, the Pre Hotel bus stops (on the A5183) are directly outside the pub. If you are coming by train, St Albans Abbey rail station is just a few minutes' walk from Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre (Waypoint 5) so you can adjust the walk to start and finish there.

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Gordon Baisley
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Mountain biking

A nice easy cycle from St Michael’s village, towards Batchwood, on to Childwickbury, down to Redbournbury Mill, and heading on to the Prae Wood Arms to finish. Easy cycling on quiet roads and trails through pretty countryside and past some nice sights.

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Elena T
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HikingNo shade

The first 15 min take you along a busy road (see my photo) - unpleasant. Then we came to the gates to enter the woods that were locked - private community. We had to go back to the car (extremely unpleasant) to drive to St Albans to complete the trail. The park is nothing special, except for the Roman Ruins, of course. Just a regular park with no hidden places or shade. If you are planning to drive specifically for this trail from far - don't.

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Angela Pritchett
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First to Review

A lovely walk that takes in the countryside and history of St Albans. Lots of Roman history to be seen.

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Christopher Livings
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Hiking
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Harrison Symonds
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Hiking
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Lee Breeds
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Hiking
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Lizzy Andrews
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Anna Wharton
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