ONLINE Registration for Herts Hike is now CLOSED

ONLINE Registration for Herts Hike is now CLOSED…

But don’t worry – YOU ARE STILL VERY WELCOME TO JOIN US – just come along to the Scout Hut in Heartwood Forest.  The routes are now all marked up & waiting for you!

THERE IS NO ENTRANCE FEE, we just ask for a donation for our Kenya project.

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 .

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 (needs to be done before the event starts) 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.

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.  Fundraising is made simple using our Just Giving page.

If you have any questions please email the team on



Best wishes from the St Albans Oxfam Campaigns Group

Hilary Tyrrell 07849 041285

Sue Cockell  07535 69574