Main Field, Hitchin Lavender (Cadwell Farm), from bridleway north of farm

Main Field, Hitchin Lavender (Cadwell Farm), from bridleway north of farm

SWC Walk 233 - Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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Big Skies and Long Views in Hertfordshire

Big Skies and Long Views in Hertfordshire

SWC Walk 233 - Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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Meppershall Manor House

Meppershall Manor House

SWC Walk 233 - Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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All Saints' Church, Shillington, from footpath

All Saints' Church, Shillington, from footpath

SWC Walk 233 - Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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Thatched House, Pirton

Thatched House, Pirton

SWC Walk 233 - Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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Near Arlesey

Near Arlesey

Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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Near Arlesey

Near Arlesey

Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City

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Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City walk

The Hiz (chalk stream), Chilterns views, the Greensand Ridge, the ‘Cathedral of the Chilterns’ in Shillington, and remains of a bailey and an abandoned medieval village in Pirton, the Icknield Way past lavender farms, and a Garden City.

Length 25.4 km (15.8 mi), of which 6.8 km (4.3 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 200/156 m. For a shorter walk, see below Walk options. Time: 5 hours 30 minutes walking time. For the whole outing allow at least 8 hours.
OS Maps OS Landranger Map: 153 (Bedford & Huntingdon) and 166 (Luton & Hertford) OS Explorer Map: 193 (Luton & Stevenage). Arlesey station, map reference TL 190 378, is 8 km north of Hitchin, 39m above sea level and in Bedfordshire. Letchworth station, map reference TL 217 328, is 5 km north east of Hitchin, 84m above sea level and in Hertfordshire.
Toughness 5 out of 10
Walk Notes This long but not too challenging walk in the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire borders leads straight from the platform into the wildlife-rich riverside meadows of the Hiz River, a meandering high quality chalk stream, followed for a few km. It then leads west along field boundaries and through RAF Henlow Camp to the linear hilltop village of Meppershall, past its manor house and a motte-and-double bailey. The following stretch offers far views south to the Chilterns and north to the Greensand Ridge, before heading to the imposing hilltop church in Shillington, dubbed the ‘Cathedral of the Chilterns’ by John Betjeman. After lunch green lanes lead to the pretty village of Pirton, with more impressive remains of a motte-and-double bailey and traces of an abandoned medieval village.
The Icknield Way leads you to one of the very few British lavender farms and then to the World’s first and Britain’s best Garden City: Letchworth.
Transport Arlesey station is on the London Kings Cross to Peterborough East Coast Main Line. Journey times are 35 or 49 minutes Mondays to Saturdays (two trains per hour), and 35 minutes on Sundays (hourly service). Letchworth Garden City is on the London Kings Cross to Cambridge Main Line, the first stop after branching off from the East Coast Main Line at Hitchin. Journey times are 35 to 51 minutes (at least two trains per hour). Buy a return to Letchworth Garden City. You may then have to buy a Hitchin-Arlesey ticket on board the train.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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