Organisations looking to create a programme that is very different might include one of our guided walks in their annual programme. A walk can be tailored to your own requirements and can be booked for most times of the year. All routes are accessible and take place along public roads and footpaths unless otherwise stated. To book a guided walk please email (below), providing basic details including your contact number.

Living in Fleetville
Woodstock Road south

Created in an age before planning, Fleetville grew in fits and starts. We explore who was responsible for whole streets and odd corners. There's a story to be told about each of them.
Meeting point: outside Fleetville Community Centre, Royal Road. About 2 hours. Circular walk.

Shopping in Fleetville
Cake preparation at Schnabel's

Hatfield Road was known as The Mile of Shops, although most of the retail units on the north side began as residences. We explore how retailing has changed and how much it has remained the same.
Meeting point: Fleetville Community Centre, Royal Road. About one and a half hours. Finishing point: The Crown.

Made in Fleetville
Grubb Telescope

Fleetville was a mix of houses, workshops and factories, few of the latter now remaining. Fleetville is the part of St Albans where things were made, and we discover where these places were, and what remains.
Meeting point: Fleetville Community Centre, Royal Road. About 2 hours. Circular walk.

Steaming Through Fleetville
Builders' supplier Campfield Road

The moment a railway route through the East End was fixed on the map, factories and homes were attracted to it. On this walk we follow the train from London Road to Hill End Station and get to find out who shared the landscape with the Great Northern railway.
Meeting point: London Road Station, Orient Way. About 2 hours. Finishing point: Hill End Lane/Hixberry Lane. Limited parking at both ends.

Steaming to Hatfield
Detail from Blackberry Arch

The route of the former railway, now Alban Way, is least known east of Smallford. So we set out to discover more about the open scenery and settlements between The Horseshoes and The Comet, Hatfield.
Meeting point: Smallford Station, Station Road. About 2 hours. Finishing point: The Comet/Galleria, Cavendish Way. Parking at Smallford Station; chargeable parking at The Galleria.

Cambridge Road
Children at Wellington Road 1954

Along this straightforward walk we discover in detail a single street, which developed over many decades, and which once supported up to eight shops. It has its bottom end and top end, missing bits and a hidden history many of us are unaware of.
Meeting point: Camp Road/Camp View Road. About one and a half hours. Finishing point: Cambridge Road/Ashley Road. Limited street parking in Camp Road and connecting roads.

Baker's Dozen
Cemetery lodge

The history of the cemetery is told, and among the stories are some of the earliest former residents of this city to be laid to rest here.
Meeting point: outside the chapel. About 2 hours.

Private Lives
Mature trees in the Cemetery

Among the stories we hear are those from former residents who were not necessarily well-known during their lifetimes. But through their families an engaging record about them and those they came into contact with has been retained.
Meeting point: outside the chapel. About 2 hours.

Camp Road beyond the Hill
Tuckett's general store, later Dearman's

If Hatfield Road is the front road of Fleetville, then Camp Road is the back road, still revealing its past as a country lane. It is a rich mix of homes, shops, school, museum and former work places.

Meeting point: Camp Road/Campfield Road. About 2 hours. Finishing point: Camp Road/Ashley Road. Street parking at both ends.

Laid to Rest
Main drive at Hatfield Road Cemetery

The Baker's Dozen, Pioneers, Private Lives, and Family & Friends are story walks within the grounds of Hatfield Road Cemetery, with the permission of the Manager. We tell the stories of up to twelve former residents of St Albans who are laid to rest here. The Cemetery is fully accessible. We meet at the former shelter near the chapel.

Looking across cemetery to St Paul's

Included in this story walk are accounts of some of the people who became pioneers in their fields of expertise and thinking. Subject to availability the opportunity is taken to visit the inside of the chapel.
Meeting point: outside the chapel. About 2 hours.

Family and Friends
Large window inside Cemetery chapel

Among the thousands of burials at Hatfield Road we know the life stories of just a few. Sometimes impossible to categorise, we have nevertheless grouped these active people as Family and Friends.
Meeting point: outside the chapel. About 2 hours.