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Welcome to …. Teddy’s Trails
Walking is an excellent form of exercise, which requires no special physical strength or expensive equipment – and can take you to all sorts of places which are inaccessible to vehicles.
Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council is sponsoring Teddy’s Trails, to encourage us all to pull on our hiking boots or walking shoes and get out and about on our feet.
What are Teddy’s Trails?
These trails are set of self-guided walking routes through the countryside around the town. They have been reconnoitred and are personally recommended by Teddy, a fox terrier who has been a resident of the town since his puppyhood and is an enthusiastic and experienced user of the local footpath network.
Where are Teddy’s Trails?
Although Borehamwood and Elstree are only twelve miles from Trafalgar Square, they are surrounded by open countryside which is easily accessible on foot. Each trail starts at a point which can be reached by bus from Elstree & Borehamwood station, and each trail leads back to the station.
What’s the point of Teddy’s Trails?
The trails are designed to help residents of the town, and their visitors from further afield, to acquire the walking habit and to become better acquainted with the local countryside. The description of each trail includes information about places of interest passed along the way.
How long are Teddy’s Trails?
They range in length from about three to about eight miles, which means that at a steady walking pace of two and a half miles per hour they should take between an hour and a quarter and three hours to complete. Allow longer if you prefer ambling to quickstepping. The outward journey by bus will not usually take longer than half an hour, so most of the trails can easily be walked in a morning or an afternoon. The length is given at the start of each trail guide.
Will I need any special gear to walk Teddy’s Trails?
No – the routes are mostly on grass or on paved paths, though some cross fields which are ploughed. In dry weather, strong shoes (or trainers) will usually be OK, but remember to bring a waterproof if rain is forecast. In winter, or when there has been a recent rainy spell, some sections can become very muddy underfoot, and at these times hiking boots or wellingtons are strongly recommended. There are no very steep or rough stretches, but there are some on which brambles and nettles - and planted crops - may encroach in summer, so bare legs are best avoided. There are a few stiles or steps that have to be climbed, and regrettably the trails are not suitable for wheelchairs or (mostly) for buggies. They mainly follow footpaths on which riding cycles is not allowed. A compass is always useful to confirm that you’re heading in the right direction.
How many trails are there?
Altogether, there are 18 different trails to choose from. Just pick a route, download the PDF file and away you go. Please look at the separate Before you set off file which contains important information to help you make the most of your walk.
Printed copies of individual trail guides can be obtained free on request from the Town Council at Fairway Hall, Brook Close, Borehamwood WD6 5BT (phone 0208 207 1382).
The BBC Concert Band - Monday 7th December 2015
Foodbank Carrier Bag Donation
On Thursday 25th September Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council and Symphony Environmental got together to donate a quantity of plastic bags to the Borehamwood Foodbank.
New legislation coming in early next month making it compulsory for shops to charge for plastic bags which has interrupted the supplies form the local supermarkets of the much needed bags.
Town Councillors Pat Strack and Clive Butchins were on hand to present some new carrier bags along with Robert Bobroff from Symphony Environmental to Foodbank coordinator Kim Gray.
Kim Gray said “We'd like to thank Elstree & Borehamwood Council and Symphony Environmental for their generous donation of carrier bags to the Borehamwood Foodbank.”
“We have been deeply touched by the generosity of local people and businesses and we are very grateful for your support.”
The Foodbank is very low on food stock at the moment after a very busy summer and any food and carrier bag donation would be much appreciated.
To date the Foodbank have fed 4854 people – each having food for approximately 10 meals. This provides a crisis intervention whilst the local authority organise longer term solutions.
This makes a huge difference to them as well as the wider community.
Events Forum 7th October 2015 at 7:00pm
Town Crier - Issue 19
The latest issue of the Town Crier is now available to download.
Teddy's Trails Launch
CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES IN BOREHAMWOOD FROM SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST
CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES IN BOREHAMWOOD FROM SATURDAY 29
29th AUGUST 2015
The following changes come about as a result of the removal of Hertfordshire funding for evenings and
Sunday services and commercial decisions by bus companies to enhance or reduce existing services. All
routes are operated by Sullivan Buses unless otherwise stated
Route 306 Mondays to Fridays
: Peak hour service enhanced in both directions will be up to every 15-20
at busy times. Off peak service around North Borehamwood increased to every 20 minutes so that all
buses will now run the full length of the route and not terminate at Tescos.
Following withdrawal of funding for services after 19.30 late evening service withdrawn with last bus from
Watford at 21.30 and last bus from Borehamwood at 20.55. As a result buses will no longer serve certain
parts of South Borehamwood in the evenings. Please note that the continued running of route 306 after
19.30 will be subject to ongoing review.
Route 306 Saturdays:
Daytime service between Borehamwood Town Centre and Watford increased to
three per hour, with one bus per hour running to and from Potters Bar as route 306B
Following withdrawal of funding, late evening service withdrawn with last bus from Watford at 21.30 and
last bus from Borehamwood at 20.55. As a result route 306 will no longer serve South Borehamwood.
Please note that the continued running of route 306 after 19.30 will be subject to ongoing review. There will
also be fewer buses early Saturday mornings and first bus from Watford is withdrawn - both as a result of
Route 306 Sundays:
Following withdrawal of funding, evening service withdrawn and route will no longer
serve South Borehamwood. Thus the area of South Borehamwood served by the 306 loses its Sunday bus
Remaining route will now operate between 8.45 and 18.00 only. Buses around North Borehamwood will be
reduced to every 45-60 minutes but all buses will continue to Watford giving an enhanced service to
Watford during shopping hours. Please note that the continued running of route 306 on Sundays will be
subject to ongoing review.
This schooldays route to Nicholas Breakspear School is withdrawn
The route of this schooldays route to Nicholas Breakspear School is amended within
Borehamwood to cover part of route 355 and is also extended to Oaklands College in the mornings.
Amended timetable with buses running every hour to and from Watford on Mondays to Fridays.
Withdrawn on Saturdays and replaced by route 306B which will provide additional journeys to Watford from
Potters Bar via Borehamwood and Little Bushey.
Route operated by Uno under contract to Hertfordshire County Council. Monday to Friday
service reduced to hourly during the off peak and last three journeys from Stanmore Station in the evening
withdrawn with last bus now at 18.26 instead of 20.49.
Route operated by Uno under contract to Hertfordshire County Council. Following withdrawal of
funding last buses from St Albans (19.25) and Borehamwood (19.30) will no longer run.
This schooldays route serving various schools in Bushey and Garston area will have an
amended route in South Borehamwood to partially replace route QS5.
This Mullanys Buses’ schooldays only route from Borehamwood to Queens’ School is
withdrawn. Sullivan Buses 306, 398 and 823 cover most of the route within Borehamwood