The Great Big Walk for Herts 2024

On Saturday, September 28th 2024, we will join eleven other charities that support Hertfordshire’s Children and Young People in the third annual Great Big Walk for Herts.

Each charity will walk a different 13 mile loop of the Hertfordshire Way, collectively covering the entire 180-mile circuit in one day.

This event aims to raise essential funds for 12 outstanding local organisations and all money raised will be doubled, thanks to Helping Herts match funding pot!

For further information about joining the walk or to register your interest please e-mail contactus@theolliefoundation.org.

Join our walk

We are looking for individual walkers or groups of walkers (of all abilities) to come and join us – could that be you?

  • This year our leg is the beautiful St Albans loop! Starting and finishing at The Waffle House, St. Albans.

  • Distance: 13.5 mi / 21.1 K

  • Description: A circular route around the scenic outskirts of St Albans walked in CCW direction.

  • Please bring: Packed lunch and drinks, sturdy boots/ trainers, waterproofs and hi viz jacket.

Accessible and Shorter Routes

This year, we are offering multiple shorter routes suitable for individuals with accessibility needs, such as wheelchair users and families with young children, as well as sections for those who prefer not to complete the entire walk. Please get in contact for more details on each of the alternative routes below.

  • Route 1: Waffle House through Verulamium Park (0.55 miles)

    Start time: 10 AM

    Accessibility: wheelchair accessible paths, family friendly short walk

    Highlights: short park walk, lake, Roman ruins

  • Route 2: River Ver trail (2.23 miles)

    Start time: 10:15 AM

    Accessibility: family friendly longer walk, includes stairs to access bridge

    Highlights: beautiful riverside walk

  • Route 3: Highfield Park Route (1.62 miles)

    Start time: 11:15 AM

    Accessibility: wheelchair accessible, family friendly, traffic free

    Highlights: beautiful park walk

  • Route 4: Albans Way (1.31 miles)

    Start time: 11:45 AM

    Accessibility: wheelchair accessible, family friendly, traffic free

    Highlights: beautiful walk, passes Smallford Train Station

  • Route 5: Ellenbrook Fields to Sandridge (3.63 miles)

    Start time: 12:30 PM

    Accessibility: for those wanting a longer walk but not wanting/ able to do the full route. Rough/bumpy terrain.

    Highlights: farmland walk including old airfield that has been used to film movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.

  • Route 6: Heartwood Forest to Waffle House (3.93 miles)

    Start time: 1:55PM

    Accessibility: for those wanting a longer walk but not wanting/ able to do the full route.

    Highlights: beautiful forest walk

Time & place (full route)

  • Starting point: The Waffle House, St Albans St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SJ

  • Set off: 10 AM