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High Barnet to Northaw Loop Cycle Route

England > Hertfordshire > Potters Bar
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameHigh Barnet to Northaw Loop
Distance : miles (km)13.46  (21.66)
Posted ByK McStravick
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityPotters Bar
Start LocationHigh Street (A1000), High Barnet
End LocationHigh Street (A1000), High Barnet
Cycle Steps
This route takes you from Barnet through to Potters Bar, a round about route to Northaw and back to Barnet. It's suitable for a novice as it's relatively flat apart from the sharp incline up to Northaw , in particular the first part of Northaw Rd West (B156). As you return on the same Potters Bar to Barnet Rd , the route takes a detour off the main road through Dancers Hill Rd and Kitts End Rd. My favourite part of the route is the long quiet , car-free section, Coopers Lane Rd, and shortly after that the sharp downhill section ,Cattlegate Rd. Takes about 1 and a half hours.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
The green in Northaw is a good place to rest and Rochfords cycle shop is conveniently placed just as you come into Potters Bar.

Your comments?
posted by:davidjbatesRating : difficult :
Loved most of this route - a beautiful ride through some lovely countryside, and that's on New Year's Day (I'll look forward to trying it again in warmer weather).

The only bit I wasn't too keen on was Barnet Road going to Potters Bar which is really not my idea of a nice ride - far too much traffic! Instead I went down Kitts End Road, right into Dancers Hill Road then almost immediately left into Baker St. This gets you off the main road pretty fast and zipping past fields on quiet roads almost from the first. Just keep going straight along Baker St into Potters Bar and take the first road on your right under the bridge (The Walk). At the end of this road turn left into Potters Bar High Street where you rejoin the original route.

This does add a bit of distance to the journey (I've not checked how much), but for myself I found it more pleasant.

Many thanks for posting this route, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride :-)

posted by:kieranRating : difficult :

Glad you enjoyed the route - will try the alternative route you suggested.

Try the Essendon and Bayford runs - a bit longer but good as mostly on quiet roads.


posted by:Craig GillespieRating : difficult :
Top route!! I live in Northaw and this route gave me the inspiration to go out and get a bike in the first place!

For a twist on the difficulty take a left at the triangle in Northaw and up (and I really do stress on the 'up') Vineyards into Cuffley.

It's a great bit of road, almost traffic free and a real test at the half way point of the ride.

posted by:KieranRating : difficult :

Vineyards hill is a real tester as you say - its a good feeling when you get up - eventually!

I use this route in the winter as its shortish - you can always do the "loop" twice if you are feeling energetic.


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