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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Wednesday Walk Garston to St Albans - River Ver, Moor Mill, Verulamium - and St Albans Abbey

Change in walk

On checking Elsa's new walk, Harpenden to St Albans, last weekend it transpired to be longer than  we originally thought, making it impratical for a mid-week winter's day. So, with some sense of disappointment, we have deferred its inaugural Wednesday posting until Spring 2020. In its place is an old favourite, also ending in St Albans, for those (like me) who like to visit the Abbey at Christmas - enjoy !

Book 1, Walk 7 - Garston to St Albans

Length: 14 km (8.7 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10

London Euston: 10-24 hrs.     West Midlands service to Rugely Trent Valley
Arrive Watford Junction:  10-39 hrs .  Change trains
Leave Watford Junction:  11-09 hrs service to St Albans Abbey
Arrive Garston: 11-14 hrs


St Albans Abbey to Euston, changing at Watford Junction:   16-07, 16-54 and 17-45 hrs

St Albans City to St Pancras: 6 fast trains an hour, plus 7 stopping trains an hour.

Rail ticket

Buy a day return to St Albans Abbey.   Note: If you intend to return to London from the City station, you should buy separate single tickets.

The start of today's walk, through Bricket Wood Common, is usually muddy at this time of year, but you should soon be through this mud-fest and out into the Munden Estate, where you start your walk through open country to Moor Mill, where we stop for lunch at Moor Mill Inn.

After lunch we feed the ducks in the River Ver at Moor Mill before setting off on the afternoon leg of the walk on the Ver Valley Walk to the village of Park Street. Then it's over water meadows and beside the River most of the way to St Albans.  We head up to St Albans Abbey, where a visit is recommended - either just to tour this cathedral or take tea in its very acceptable cafeteria, or both. We might also be lucky to catch a carol service in progress. Otherwise, your recommended tea stop is the nearby Abigails or down the slope towards Verulamium Park to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub - recommended for lovers of real ale.

The Abbey precinct's Christmas Fair should be in full swing by now, usually worth a visit before you head for one of the City's two railway stations for your journey home.
Your walk directions are here:  L=1.7

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