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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Sunday 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: 249/223m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10

Take the 09.57  Cambridge North train from Liverpool Street (Hackney Downs 10.03, Tottenham Hale [Victoria Line] 10.10), arrives Roydon at 10.27.
From Stratford, take the 09.54 Meridian Water service (Lea Bridge 10.00), changing at Tottenham Hale (10.03/10.10).
Return trains: xx.05 and xx32. 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 £11.00, 25% off with Art Pass, other concessions available, Pre-Booking needed, see here).
The walk doesn’t feature any stiles, industry or offensive field crossings, and it is very low on the conurbation count as well.”

Two Shortcuts possible, see the webpage linked below or the pdf.
Covid-compatibility: should be perfect - straight from the platform into countryside, with predominantly wide tracks and lanes. 
Lunch: The Hoops Inn in Perry Green (14.0 km/8.7 mi into the main walk, food served all day, booking recommended).
Tea: Henry Moore Foundation Café (this year: ticket holders only, and please pre-book your order) 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. T=swc.164

1 comment:

Stargazer said...

Five familiar faces met on the platform in Roydon, making the Covid formalities straight forward...We set off under w=sunny-but-blustery conditions on this picturesque walk through rolling countryside with views far and wide...A late starter caught up with us fairly early on as we were correcting for a slight navigational glitch -- making for n=6. Picnic lunch with views of one of the large Henry Moore works followed by a drink in the garden of the charming Hoops Inn...A pleasant afternoon stretch brought us to Sawbridgeworth in time to visit one of the local hostelries before a quick journey back to London...An enjoyable Sunday outing...