At a crowded public meeting held on 14th March 2006, local residents of Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead heard local council representatives call for local support and involvement in the future of the Nickey Line.

A steering group of local volunteers and the (then) Countryside Management Service developed a proposal for a new support group ‘Friends of the Nickey Line’ to represent the many users of the Nickey Line throughout its run from Harpenden to Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead and to improve the Line as a local amenity.

‘Friends of the Nickey Line' was officially formed at a public meeting in Harpenden Park Hall on 18 May 2006.

What We Do

  • Work with local councils to maintain and improve the Line and to encourage greater use
  • Run an active programme of events for members and non-members
  • Organise volunteer work parties to maintain the Line, involving both members and non–members in contributing to our local community. Work includes:
    • investigation and reporting of Line problems with emergency line clearance where relevant and possible
    • litter picking
    • vegetation management, including planting saplings and wild flowers
    • installing new features such as benches
    • usage counting and user surveys.
  • Raise funding to provide additional maintenance and investment
  • Produce regular newsletters and other updates for members – Why not join up to receive these?
  • Publicise the Line through public talks, press articles and online media
  • Run a public facebook group 'The Nickey Line' for wider community use and interest
  • Campaign on issues affecting the Nickey Line


Current Committee Members and Their Interests:
Committee MemberInterest
Dave Abernethy (Chair)Dog walking, wildlife, hawking, Line history
Mike Platt (Treasurer)Walking
Geoff Bunce (Secretary)Walking, wildlife, work parties
Roger ThornhillCycling, wildlife, work parties, Heritage on the Nickey Line
Ian CaldwellRedbourn
James JohnsonWork parties, cycling, walking
Karen SummersHemel Hempstead
This Website

Was created in 2023 at a special 'charity rate' for us by Fortem Digital, based locally in Dunstable.

Railway Ramblers Walk On The Nickey Line (May 2017), Led By Roger Green


We would also like to thank the Railway Ramblers who generously donated much of the site cost to us. Railway Ramblers is a national club that organises walks and encourages interest in disused railway lines throughout the UK - including the Nickey Line as you can see in the photo of their 2017 walk led by long term Friends stalwart Roger Green.


The site is kept up to date by committee members but we welcome contributions from all Friends and other users of the Nickey Line. Please email your possible news items and photos for our Galleries for example to

N.B. You can also join and post your own items about the Nickey Line direct onto our Facebook group as below!

Facebook Group

We launched our Facebook group “The Nickey Line” in September 2017. This has been well received with now over 1600 members and still growing. Users post their pictures, memories and experiences of the Nickey Line. You can also use it to notify us and other users of problems on the Line.

Also see:

Our Vision & Aims      Our Latest News      Upcoming Events

How You Can Help     Become a Friend      Contact Us

Our Constitution         Privacy Policy

Volunteer Work Parties

Why not join on one our work parties to work on the Line?

Have some good healthy exercise and fun too.

Contact us today for more details.

Got Some Ideas On What We Should Do or Do Better?

We welcome new ideas for our work

- and people who want to help us improve the Nickey Line.

Are you one of them?

Contact us today and chat to us about how you can help.