20.8km (13.0 miles).
Explorer 193 for Knebworth and 182 for Welwyn Garden City. Landranger 166
3/10. Ascent 278m; Descent 287m.
The walk is stile-free.and the paths and trails are easy.
This is a companion walk to SWC 69 the Welwyn Circular but covers new erritory before lunch to visit the beautiful Knebworth Hall and its extensive grounds and deer park. You can also visit the beautiful church of St Mary and Thomas of Canterbury. After you leave the motorway behind it is a quiet ramble through attractive and gently undulating woodland and fields. There are no stiles on this walk.
The beautiful village of Ayot St Lawrence will be familiar from the Welwyn Circular walk and is a perfect spot for a picnic at either the Palladian Church or the ruined old St Lawrence Church. Also here is your lunch-time pub the Brocket Arms.
After lunch you reach perhaps familiar territory around Brocket Hall before crossing a golf course en route to Ayot Green and then through woodland to Welwyn
There are no written instructions to reduce the walk apart from a more direct route as you approach the lunch time pub the Brocket Arms. If you want to shorten the walk further you will need to use a map or gps device.
Trains to Knebworth run from London Kings Cross station. There are two an hour during the week and one an hour on Saturday and Sunday.
Return trains from Welwyn are more frequent and return to London Kings Cross.
Buy a day return to Knebworth
Suggested Train: Get the nearest train to 10am from London Kings Cross
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Your lunch pub is the Brocket Arms in Ayot St Lawrence. See SWC walk 69 for further details. The pub is 11.7km (7.3m) into the walk.
Welwyn Garden City has pubs and bistros including a café Nero en route to the station.
Knebworth House and Park
The house is a Gothic masterpiece (although some of it dates from Tudor times) and a Grade 2 listed building. The gardens are also listed grade 2. The house has been the home of the Lytton family since 1490. See the Wikipedia page for Knebworth House for more of its history and its web pages for details of its attractions and events. The grounds have hosted rock concerts – see You Tube – and over 30 films have used the house and its grounds including the Harry Potter franchise.
The walk route takes you by the beautiful St Mary and Thomas of Canterbury church in Knebworth Park. The church dates from the 12th century and is a Grade 1 listed building. The churchyard has listed tombstones by Edward Lutyens.
Ayot St Lawrence
This lovely village and its 18th century Grecian style Palladian church and the 12th century Old St Lawrence ruined church will be familiar from the Welwyn Circular walk SWC 69. See this walk for further details. Your lunch pub is here and it makes a perfect spot for your picnic lunch.
Revised and extended draft May 2019
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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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