Big field

Big field

Baldock Circular

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Big fields

Big fields

Baldock Circular

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Bridleway

Bridleway

Baldock Circular

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Big ploughed field

Big ploughed field

Baldock Circular

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The others

The others

Baldock Circular:

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Ashwell Museum

Ashwell Museum

SWC Walk 91 - Baldock Circular

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St. Mary Magdalene, Caldecote

St. Mary Magdalene, Caldecote

SWC Walk 91 - Baldock Circular

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Baldock Circular walk

A flat walk across vast Hertfordshire farmland fields in an area filled with clues to Britain’s Iron Age and Roman past. Follows part of the Icknield Way.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 14-May-17 9

Village festivities in the Hertfordshire countryside

SWC walk 91 – Baldock Circular T=SWC.91
Length: 19.6km (12.2 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

09:52 Cambridge train from King’s Cross (09:58 Finsbury Park) to Baldock, arriving 10.31

Fastest trains back from Baldock are at xx:50 (journey time 40 minutes), with slower stopping services at xx:26 (journey time 54 minutes) Trains back from Ashwell & Morden are at xx:21. All trains call at Finsbury Park.

Buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Ashwell & Morden. This is the same fare as to Baldock, and gives you the option of returning from the local station if you decide to linger in Ashwell to enjoy the attractions there.

Each year in mid-May, the pretty village of Ashwell in north Hertfordshire holds an Open Day, called Ashwell At Home , offering walks and talks, arts and crafts, music and performance, and the opportunity to visit numerous gardens or climb to the top of the church tower. The event raises funds for the local school, church and museum.

It has become an SWC tradition to do the Baldock Circular walk on this day to enable walkers to enjoy the attractions in Ashwell, where the lunch pubs are located. The walk itself is not tremendously exciting, being mainly through large arable fields, but the countryside is pleasant, and the attractions of Ashwell At Home make for an enjoyable day out. The walk can be shortened by 5km by returning from Ashwell & Morden station.

For lunch, you have a choice of three pubs in Ashwell, the Rose and Crown (01462 742420), the Bushell and Strike (01462 742394) and the Three Tuns Hotel (01462 743343).

You will need to download the walk directions.
9 on a sunny day. 2 did the whole walk, others as far as I know, stayed in Ashwell and got the train back from there. An enjoyable walk despite, or even because of, the big fields. Big fields means big skies. In Ashwell, I had no sooner finished my first pint of Abbott when I got called back in to have a second. Such is the burden of being a popular walk poster. It was in such an inebriated state that I chanced upon the re enactment of a medieval mystery play and I have to say they had me convinced. God really did speak to Noah from an upstairs window of the museum. I saw his hand. And the animals did go in two by two. Those weren’t children wearing paper plate masks. No way. Then it was off to the church for a quick look at the plague graffiti and off back to Baldock. The floral star of the day was the cow parsley, fringing just about every path.
Sun, 08-May-16 18

Sunday Walk 1: Baldock Circular - Ashwell at home

Baldock Circular: SWC Walk 91
17km. (10.6 miles)
Difficulty 2/10

A relaxing amble through Hertfordshire countryside to the ancient settlement of Ashwell. A morning section follows one of Britain's oldest trackways, the Icknield Way. The walk coincides with “Ashwell at Home” Day, a village-wide event that raises funds for local groups. To visit the event proper you should buy a £6 ticket but you'll still get a flavour of it if you’re just passing through.
Ashwell's 14th C church contains medieval graffiti, some referring to the Great Plague. It should be free to visit but you'll need the ticket if you want to climb the tower (Hertfordshire's highest).
Trains:
09:52 Cambridge train from Kings Cross arriving 10:30
Trains back from Baldock at xx:26 and xx:50
The walk can be shortened by 3 miles to finish at Ashwell and Morden Station – useful if you get involved in the Ashwell hoo-hah. Trains from Ashwell and Morden are at xx:21. There's a pub called the Jester nearby.
A return to Ashwell & Morden, the furthest stop, costs the same as one to Baldock.
Lunch
There are three pubs in Ashwell: the Rose and Crown (01462 742420), the Bushel and Strike (01462742394), and the Three Tuns (01462 742107)
Tea
The Old White Horse near Baldock station.

Walk directions here
At point 32, the footpath to the right across the field is a little hard to find. Once off the road, you need to circumvent a garden area by heading forward a short way then following a path round to the right. When you come level with a gate, you should see a clear path heading off to your left diagonally across the fields. Any problems, follow the road round.

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Hi there,

How can I join this walk, do you have to be a member?

Best, Helena
Hi You don't have to be a member. Just look for other walkers at Baldock station at 10:30. Theres no leader, all are responsible for themselves, so be sure to bring a copy of the walk directions. There's an introduction to our walks here http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/index.shtml
A walk of small pleasures, but plenty of them, we thought.
Long, meditative stretches along field boundaries (almost all non bumpy) or between fields on good tracks, soothing rolling fieldscapes, rape oilseed fields in abundance, an iron age hillfort site, lovely Ashwell, its streets abundant with Morris Dancers, music, espresso van, and plenty of pubs to chose from; rolling hillocks in the afternoon, some Chiltern views (Sharpenhoe Clappers and Pulloxhill Water Tower), a lovingly restored church without a congregation, and some well cleared arable field crossings, the Ivel Springs Local Nature Reserve, the pretty ish centre of Baldock.
All that on a hot day with a breeze.
No wonder 18 people turned up.
All headed home happy (despite some more km than advertised).
One drink for some at the pub just b4 the station, while a music festival was being held in their huge garden tent, with music that I thought had died out decades ago: melodic hard rock...
Sun, 10-May-15

Sunday walk 1 "Ashwell at home"

Baldock Circular Extra Walk 91
17km. 10.6 miles (or 7.6 miles)
Difficulty 2/10

This "relaxing amble through flat Hertfordshire countryside“ incorporates a section of the Icknield Way, one of Britain's oldest trackways, on its way to the ancient settlement of Ashwell. The 14th century church there has the highest tower in Hertfordshire and it is adorned with medieval graffiti, some of which refers to the great plague.
Today is “Ashwell at Home" day, an annual celebration benefiting local organisations. For the full experience, visiting buildings, gardens etc. you'll need a £6 ticket but you'll still be able to look round the village and church for free. Not the tower though, that'll cost you.
Trains
Get the 09:53 Cambridge train from Kings Cross, arrives Baldock10:30
Trains return from Baldock at xx:26 and xx:50
A return to Baldock will do. A return to "Ashwell and Morden" (one stop further) costs no more and will cover both endings.
Lunch: There are three pubs in Ashwell: the Rose and Crown, the Bushel and Strike, and the Three Tuns.
Tea: The Old White Horse near Baldock station.
Walk directions: here
- The walk can be shortened by 3 miles to finish at "Ashwell and Morden" station - worth bearing in mind if you get sucked into Ashwell's dizzying maelstrom of attractions. Trains back at xx:21.
- At point 32, the footpath may prove hard to find but, assuming the ground is firm, it is worth seeking out. The alternative, a roadside stretch, can be unpleasant if traffic is heavy.

Sun, 12-May-13 8 Baldock Circular
Mon, 30-Aug-10 Baldock Circular