The Abbey Line Trail is a new walk commissioned by the Community Rail Partnership and delivered by Countryside Management Hertfordshire.  This is a nine mile walk from Watford Junction Station to St Albans Abbey Station.  The walk can be completed in sections allowing you to use the train to return to your start point.

There is a walk for everyone from a short stroll, to a medium walk or a longer distance if you wish to complete the nine miles. You can make up any combination as the walks are way marked both from and to the stations.  The walks take in the beautiful Ver and Colne Valleys.

Abbey Line Trail

Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey Station 9 Miles enjoying the lovely countryside in the  Colne and Ver valleys. Individual sections are way marked to and from each station, so you can do the whole walk or just a section using the train to return.

  • St Albans Abbey to Park Street 3 Miles
  • Park Street to Bricket Wood 2.75 Miles
  • Bricket Wood to Garston 2.75 Miles
  • Garston to Watford North  2.5 miles
  • Watford North to Watford Junction 1.75 Miles

Abbey line trail is all year round and maps can be found at the following link:

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ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2015
Category: Best Marketing Campaign

(Sponsored by Rail Media)

The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership & Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service won a ‘bronze’ award for the ‘Launch of the Abbey Line Trail’

More specifically, ACoRP was impressed with the team’s work in helping promote the Line for Off-Peak leisure activities.  The campaign for the launch of this nine mile waymarked walking route started with early promotions using posters, flyers, leaflets and promotional displays at public events.

Closer to the launch date the campaign gained momentum with posters on trains and at stations. Articles in magazines, newsletters and press releases encouraged tweets and coverage on multiple websites.  A launch event with walks led from two stations resulted in widespread coverage and ongoing interest.

Winners were announced at the gala dinner and presentation evening.

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    Abbey Line CRP
    Watford Borough Council
    Town Hall
    Hempstead Road
    WD17 3EX

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    Edna Woname
    Partnership Development Officer
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