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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Saturday Walk - Wheatfields, Woods, Waterways & Optional Sculptures: Roydon to Sawbridgeworth (via Henry Moore Foundation)

Length: 22.8 km (14.2 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent:  249/223 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness:  4 out of 10 
Take the 09.28 Cambridge North train from L’pool Street (Tottenham Hale [Victoria Line] 09.40), arrives Roydon at 09.57.
From Stratford you could take the 09.00 Bishop’s Stortford service, arrives 09.37.
Return trains:  xx.03, xx.20 (chg Harlow Town) and xx.52 (chg Harlow Town).
Buy a Sawbridgeworth return.

“This walk leads mainly through rolling Hertfordshire countryside, either along tracks and green lanes or quiet country roads, featuring wheat fields, woods and waterways, the best of which are stretches of the River Ash in the morning and of the Stort Navigation near the end. Lunch is had at a charming pub in Perry Green, next to The Henry Moore Foundation’s sculpture park and studios (ticketed entry only: full price £12.60).
The walk doesn’t feature any stiles, industry or offensive field crossings, and it is very low on the conurbation count as well.”

Shortcuts: It is possible to shorten the walk in two ways:
·        Shortcut I cuts out 2.6 km (1.6 mi) before lunch,
·        Shortcut II cuts out 1.4 km (0.9 mi) after lunch.
Taking Shortcut I & II reduces the length of the walk to 18.9 km (11.75 mi).

Lunch: The Hoops Inn in Perry Green (14.0 km/8.7 mi into the main walk, food served all day).
Tea: Henry Moore Foundation Café and plenty of cafés and pubs in Sawbridgeworth, see the pdf for details.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.


Thomas G said...

N=14 in w=sunny-and-warm weather. 1 walked the morning shortcut, a couple of others the one at the end. The Hoops was mercifully empty as large parts of the nation indeed seemed to watch the tellies. Sad. At least 6 went into the sculpture park plus their café afterwards. Yellow everywhere from dandelions buttercups and rape oil seed fields. Very pleasant day with plenty of shady green lanes to hide from the sun.

Monique said...

Mr M Tiger - as I said to you yesterday, your photo captions are always very droll and good value. I thought "wooden enemies" (instead of "wood anenomes") couldn't be topped, however, you've done it with your tree photo - " arrival of the mother ship.." brilliant! Great walk too, a bit of art and lovely countryside - perfect...