Registration for the 2017 Herts Hike is now OPEN!

Registration for the 2017 Herts Hike on Saturday 23rd September closes at 12 noon on Friday REGISTER NOW to make the start quicker, or just turn up on the day REGISTRATION IS FREE – JUST CLICK HERE!

You can choose between 3, 5, 8, 14 or 20 mile routes through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside & decide which you would like to tackle on the day.  Click here to see a map of the routes Herts Hike Colour Map 2017 .

To Register to WALK Click Here

Not keen to walk but can donate 2 hours of your time as a helper/marshall?

To Register to HELP Click Here

Last year we raised £6000 for Honduras and this year we will be supporting the project to improve water supplies in Northern Kenya.

All the information you need before you start walking, including contact & travel details is included in the Walkers Information 2017 Sept.  Please note there will be a Parkrun taking place at Heartwood Forest between 9 – 10am so please see the Walkers Information for best start times.

There will be guided walk of the 8 mile route starting from the Scout Hut at 10.30am – we would love it if you could join us for this!

Raising money couldn’t be easier – please visit our Fundraising Made Easy Page which gives details on how to donate directly to the hike, set up your own Just Giving Page or simply give by text e.g. to give £3, text OXHH77 £3 to 70070.

If you would like to collect Sponsors please download our Sponsorship Form here (Herts Hike Sponsorship form 2017) and make sure you collect plenty of Gift Aid Envelopes on the Hike day to allow us to claim an extra 25p on each £1 pledge you collect.

Why not ask your company if they would be willing to participate in the Match Funding scheme where they match every pound you raise & can double your money?

Why not get a team together & compete with other teams to raise the most money?  Teams can be anything from 2 to 100 so invite all your friends & colleagues!  Team money raising is easy too just follow the instructions on our Just Giving page.

For every £25 you collect and return by 31st October 2017, you will get one entry into the Herts Hike Prize Draw!

Kenyan Water Project

Lack of water is a recurrent and serious problem in the arid lands of Turkana and Wajir in northern Kenya.  In these areas, it is common for up to 35 per cent of the population to be suffering from acute malnutrition at any one time.  Malnutrition occurs when people do not absorb enough nutrients and is often caused by drinking dirty water, as people frequently suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea. Women and girls are traditionally responsible for collecting water, and most of them walk for several hours every day in searing temperatures to access it.


Rose Akuwam, 20, has two children and lives in Kabokorit village, Kakuma, in the arid county of Turkana. The village had a pipeline that supplied three water kiosks, but its 5,578 residents could not access water because the pipeline was damaged and so the water never reached the village.

We could only get water by collecting it from holes we dug in the riverbed.  I would get back home and people would start quarrelling because they were so thirsty.”

Oxfam has significant expertise and experience of working with vulnerable people in the arid lands of northern Kenya.

This is what our money can buy:

  • £22 could provide clean, safe drinking water to 4 people
  • £45 could improve the water supply for 200 people by supporting water providers to deliver a better service

If you would like to learn more about the project, you can download all the details here Oxfam Kenya Water Project


Herts Hike Details

All the Herts Hike routes start from the Scout hut at Heartwood Forest.  It is accessible by bus or car, and parking is available.  All routes are waymarked and points such as road crossings are marshalled; written instructions are also provided.  People walk the route at their own pace following the signs.  Starting times vary, eg for the popular 8 mile circuit it is any time between 9am and 1:30 pm.  The longer distance walkers need to start by 9:30 am.

We welcome walkers from local schools, youth groups and community organisations as well as individuals, families and friends.  Maybe you could get a team from work together & ask your company to Match Fund?  Fundraising is made simple using our Just Giving page.

We also welcome help on the day at Walk HQ and at the various checkpoints around the route.  The previous day, Friday 22 September, we need volunteers to walk the routes in teams putting up signs.

We will be delighted to hear from walkers and also volunteer helpers.  In the meantime please email the team on if you would like to know more.



Best wishes from the St Albans Oxfam Campaigns Group

Hilary Tyrrell 07849 041285

Sue Cockell  07535 695744