Extra Walk 229 – Leagrave to Harlington (with Shortcut I)
Length: 17.3 km (10.7 miles). Toughness: 4/10 10:08
Bedford train from St Pancras
(Kentish Town 10:12, West Hampstead Thameslink 10:17, etc), arriving Leagrave
. Buy a return to Harlington
South Londoners can pick up this Thameslink train at East Croydon
Trains back from Harlington
(one stop further out on the same line) are half-hourly, at 20 & 50 minutes past.
When this walk was last posted on a Saturday a few off us spotted the magic word ‘shortcut’, caught a later train and enjoyed a leisurely walk while the main group were whizzing round the full course. Although apparently missing “the best part of the walk” (the Barton Hills) I wasn't disappointed with the splendid views which this variation offers, along the delightfully-named Sharpenhoe Clappers. I remember a good-value lunch pub in Streatley (after 9 km) and another nice pub in Harlington for refreshments at the end.
With sunset at 4:15pm there won't be enough time to do the full 23 km walk in daylight (unless you catch an earlier train). However, if you forget to break off from the main walk after 6 km then Shortcut II would come to your rescue later on.
You'll need to print the walk directions from this pdf