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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Saturday Walk Welwyn Circular

Welwyn Circular T=swc.69

Length: 11 miles (17.7 km)  2 out of 10

"Once out of the Garden City and over the A1(M) you are in some attractive Hertfordshire countryside, including the landscaped parkland of Brocket Hall and Lamer House. In the afternoon you reach the picturesque village of Ayot St Lawrence, which has two unusual churches – one reminiscent of a Greek temple, the other an ivied Gothic ruin – and if you wish you can visit the home of George Bernard Shaw, Shaw's Corner, now owned by the National Trust. (Open to the public from 1300, garden 1200)"

Trains: Get the 0951 Cambridge train from Kings Cross (Finsbury Park 1001) arriving Welwyn 1023. Return fast trains at xx52, with slow trains at xx25 & xx55 to Moregate or Kings Cross - change at Finsbury Park.
There seems to be less fast trains than there used to be.

Lunch: The recommended lunch pub for this walk is The Brocket Arms (01438 820250) in Ayot St Lawrence, 11km from the start. Ring ahead to reserve a table.
Tea: a walk report recommends the Doctor's Tonic pub "very cosy and well appointed"

Further info to follow

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think we were n=15 and the weather was w=warm_and_sunny. Two decided to do the walk in reverse and the rest of us arrived at the pub just as they were finishing their lunch. Some of us sat outside in the garden, where the pub's flock of free range hens and roosters wandered around the tables pecking at the ground for snacks. In the afternoon, we had the pleasant surprise of passing through a small wood of bluebells, which seemed to be in full bloom. There was some discussion about the difference between Spanish and English bluebells (and agreement that the Spanish bluebells were welcome, despite Brexit). Then the focus turned to tea and cake at Simmons Bakers on Howardsgate, where someone had spotted a tempting selection of cakes on display at the start of the walk. It's large enough to cater for a group of walkers and has a nice outlook over the park.