Extra Walk 233: Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City
Length: 24.5km (15.2 miles) Toughness: 5/10 10:22
Peterborough train from Kings Cross
(Finsbury Park 10:28) arriving Arlesey
. Buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Letchworth Garden City (as recommended in the walk notes) or to Arlesey (further from London). The fare to both is the same, and both stations are one stop beyond Hitchin, but on different lines, so you might have to buy a single ticket for the short journey from or to Hitchin.
Return trains from Letchworth Garden City to Kings Cross are at xx:29 (journey time 50 minutes) and at xx:53 (journey time 37 minutes).
A longish but not too challenging walk on the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire borders, through riverside meadows, fields, hilltop villages and green lanes, with views of the Chilterns. A couple of optional shortcuts around lunchtime reduce the length of the walk by 3.0 or 1.4km respectively. This is only the second outing, and the first on a Sunday, for this walk, which had its baptism in 2014. Please provide your comments on the walk, and particularly on the lunch pubs, on the walk's Feedback Page
Several possible lunch pubs are suggested in the walk directions, but the most conveniently placed seem to be The Crown
(01462 711667), 7 miles from the start, or The Musgrave Arms
(01462 711286), 8 miles from the start, both located in the village of Shillington, which is bypassed by one of the shortcuts. The walk directions list plenty of places for tea in Letchworth.
You will need to download the Walk Directions
, which include excellent informative notes about the features passed en route.