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New cycle route for North Mymms

The foundations for the new cycle path looking north alongside Swanland Road towards Hawkshead Lane - soon to be part of the Great North Cycleway (GNC).  - cyclenorth.jpg (10841 bytes)
The route of the new cycle path looking north towards Hawkshead Lane

A new cycle path is being constructed through North Mymms linking up with the Great North Cycleway (GNC).

The route, which runs alongside Swanland Road between Water End and Potters Bar, leaves the road in places and is cut through trees and hedgerow keeping cyclists away from passing vehicles.

It is part of a joint venture between Hertfordshire County Council, the Groundwork Trust and KONVER, a European funding initiative.

Work on the Swanland Road section is expected to be complete early next month.

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The route - in early morning mist - looking south towards Potters Bar

Hertfordshire County Council has prepared a news release about the scheme.

The Great North Cycleway (GNC) will provide an important north - south leisure cycling link across Hertfordshire.

The route will start at the Greater London boundary at Hadley Wood where it feeds into the London Cycle Network, it will then run north linking the towns of Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage.

This first section of the GNC will be completed by Spring 2001.

Read Herts County Council news release about the GNC.

A further section will then be provided passing through Letchworth and out of the County onto the Bedfordshire Cycle Network.

At Sandy the route will link into the Cambridge to Oxford Cycleway giving cyclists access to a further 5000 miles of the National Cycle Network.

The GNC will consist of on-road advisory sections of route as well as shared traffic-free tracks. The GNC will add to the existing National Cycle Network in Hertfordshire and will be part of NCN Route number 12.

The GNC will provide an excellent opportunity for cycle tourism.

There are many places of interest along the route including both of Hertfordshire's fine Country Houses, Knebworth and Hatfield House, as well as Shaws Corner, the former home of writer George Bernard Shaw.

The route also passes through some very scenic and attractive areas of Hertfordshire Countryside.

The GNC will link with other cycle routes in the County including the Alban Way, which runs from Hatfield to St Albans along the route of a disused railway.

Cycling Discovery Maps are being produced by the East of England Tourist Board which will detail the route and places of interest along it.

January 5, 2000

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