Knebworth to Welwyn Garden City walk
Knebworth Hall, Ayot St Lawrence, and gently undulating woodland and fields.
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A surprisingly decent 13 miler on this walkers' 'home patch' in Hertfordshire, walked on a very sultry day. Though there is some familiar terrain from SWC 69 (Welwyn Garden City Circular), this is in the reverse direction.
From the village of Knebworth, there's about a mile of relatively quiet road walking before hitting the turf. The famous House of rock concert fame is soon reached, along with its attractive church, prior to a pleasant woodland section. Then, it's on across fields, past the village of Codicote and its small 'heath', before a section near the Mimram chalk stream.
The attractive village of Ayot St Lawrence is soon reached, famous for the sojourn of playwright, George Bernard Shaw. Lunch is had at the 18th Century Palladian church, though it could equally be taken at the 12th Century ruined one, or, the Brocket Arms pub.
The afternoon section involves a pleasant greenway; field edge paths; a crossing of a former rail line and, then, a short section of walking beside the River Lea, from where SWC Walk 69 is mirrored in reverse, crossing the golf course at Brocket Hall, on past Ayot Green and then through Sherrardspark wood to the station.
A pleasant pocket of countryside in the country's most densely-populated 'County', though the sounds and signs of Man's encroachment are never far away. Lots of variety, with good paths and no stiles.