We caught up with local mum Rachel, who took her family to the The Nickey Line, a former railway line between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden which now offers a 7 mile cycle track/footpath, predominantly off road….

“The track is linear so you need to return back the same way. We found plenty of easy residential parking near Kens Field, Hemel Hempstead, close to the start of the path.  We went along today to check it out, looking for an alternative to our other family favourite, the Phoenix Trail.

The Nickey Line is fairly shaded, a decent width, mostly flat although sometimes bumpy terrain due to the trees now growing on either side.

Redbourn is approximately half way if you need a coffee stop, and there is also a picnic place around half way. We cycled to the end and enjoyed a picnic lunchbreak in Rothamsted Park. Harpenden isn’t much further on if you need a café/pub stop.

Our young cyclists aged 5-9 found the track interesting and accessible to all their levels, with a few tunnels and embankments to keep things interesting.

There are a couple of big roads to cross, with clear crossing areas but no lights, so this is a consideration for younger users. There are clear signs all the way along to show your progress.

All in all we had a great day, and the kids enjoyed their 14 mile adventure! “