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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday Walk - Broxbourne Circular or to Bayford (lots of woods = lots of bluebells?)

Length: 24.3 km (15.1 mi) or 18.8 km/11.7 mi if finishing in Bayford (4/10)
Ascent/Descent:  329 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness:  6 out of 10 

Take the 09.43 Cambridge North train from Liverpool Street (09.50 Hackney Downs, 09.57 Seven Sisters), arriving Broxbourne at 10.15. Broxbourne is within the Oyster Pay-As-You-Go area.  
Return trains from Broxbourne: xx.10, xx.16, xx.39, xx.47; from Bayford xx.22  and xx.52.

After winding its way out of Broxbourne along a canal and through a park, this walk ascends
through the Spital Brook valley into Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve, an assortment of varied, ancient and wild woods, serrated by a plethora of streams. A circuitous route linking up separate woods follows age old trails, paths and green lanes through a magnificent and diverse woodland setting. While broadly following a well signposted trail through the Nature Reserve, the walk often diverts from it to take more interesting directions. Most of the distance and the ascent are covered before lunch, but the lunch pub serves food all afternoon, so a leisurely pace is entirely possible.
There are plenty of signed and unsigned paths in the woods, thus following the detailed written directions is essential, and a map and a compass are recommended.

A shorter walk (18.8 km/11.7 mi, 4/10), finishing in Bayford, is possible. Caution: Bayford station is on a different train line run by a different operator, trains go to Moorgate, a separate ticket is required. And Bayford is not within the Oyster Pay-As-You-Go area, but a Hertford (All Stations) return ticket covers both stations. This should be the cheapest option for the short walk.

Lunch will be at The Woodman & Olive in Wormley West End (14.5 km/9.0 mi, food all afternoon).
Tea: The Bull and The White Bear, both just a few minutes from the station. There is also The Old Mill Retreat Café  (open to 17.30) just off route on the (Old) River Lea, we’ll endeavour to find it (thanks Sean). On the Bayford ending, there is The Farmer’s Boy, 10 minutes from the station.

For walk directions, map, photos, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here.

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