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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Saturday Walk - Hertfordshire Varied Landscapes - Harpenden to St. Albans [New Walk]

Length: 17.6 km (10.9 mi), Ascent/Descent: 201/209m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours, Toughness: 3 out of 10.
Shortcuts possible, see the webpage linked below.

Take the Thameslink train from Gatwick Airport to Bedford via East Croydon (10.03), Norwood Junction, London Bridge (10.21) and all Central London stations incl. St. Pancras (10.36), arriving Harpenden 11.01.
Return trains from St Albans City: 9 per hour, from 21-35 mins journey time, fast ones on xx.13,  xx.27, xx.43 and xx.57. Buy a Harpenden return.

The walk links a wealthy Hertfordshire town with a historic Hertfordshire city, and is green and pleasant throughout. There is attractive common land, a forest with countryside views, a country estate, and finally a pleasant approach to St Albans which takes you through the old town past sites of historical interest.
The morning highlight is the brand-new forest called Heartwood.
The afternoon takes you through the pretty Childwickbury country estate, with views also out to another estate, Gorehambury. A further highlight is then the city of St Albans, where you pass old pubs, quaint houses, the Roman museum and remains, the Abbey and its gate, and finally the clock tower and museum of St Albans.

Covid-compatibility: not sure, haven’t walked this.

Lunch: Three Pubs in Sandridge (8.3 km): The Queen’s Head  (open all day), The Green Man (food to 14.30) and The Rose & Crown  (food to 14.30).
Tea: plenty of options in St. Albans, see the pdf for details.

For walk directions, map, height profile and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.351
Personal Note: in a first for one of my Saturday’s Postings, I post a walk of less than 20 km length. That is because I won’t be on the walk and am fulfilling a request by our man in Northamptonshire, Mike P. He has kindly volunteered to take over track-and-trace duties on the day. Please furnish him with your email address at the start of the walk for that purpose.


Anonymous said...

Sounds great. Thank you.

Mike P said...

Yep, I'm in charge! Can we meet immediately outside the station building so as to divide in to groups of up to 6 (if necessary) and give email addresses. This is the first day when pubs are open again, but I'm guessing that some will still prefer to take a picnic and that the groups may further divide. This is OK, so long as people pay attention to any groups coming in to view ahead.

Marcus said...

My apologies for the late notification, but an updated version of the directions has been posted on this website as of 17-15 hrs today. This is the inaugural posting of this new walk, and given some walkers who did a test drive of this walk became lost in the woods at point 13 in the directions, the walk author kindly walk checked the directions on Thursday 02 July, and made a few changes to the original. If you do not have time to print off the whole document, the key changes you might like to note are at points 13 and 14, in Pluckley Wood. Other changes are minor and of less importance.
Enjoy your walk on Saturday.