The rolling hills of Hertfordshire, the River Beane, and Watton.
18km (11.2 miles)
OS Landranger 166; Explorer 193 and 194
2 out of 10.
This walk is in the rolling hills of rural Hertfordshire.
Lunch is at the The Boot pub in the village of Dane End.
There is a short cut option late in the walk, more for those who find that they are tiring. An 800-metre section of it is along a twisting road.
If you do the full walk (i.e. not the shorter ending) there's a particularly attractive stretch alongside the River Beane near the end. The George and Dragon pub in Watton's High Street is a good place to stop for tea (or a meal) while waiting for the train back. Incidentally, the town's unusual name derives from a local variety of puddingstone.
a) Short ending.
You may shorten the walk by 3km to 15km.
Trains go from London Kings Cross to Watton-at-Stone, journey time is 45 minutes.
|Saturday Walkers Club||Take the nearest train to 9.45am from Kings Cross Station to Watton-at-Stone. If stopping at the earlier lunch stop at Benington, take the nearest train to 10.45am.|
|Lunch and Tea||
The Boot Mundon Rd, Dane End, SG12 0LH (01920 437034). Located 7 km from the start of the walk. Open lunchtime Tue-Thu, noon-2.30pm; closed Friday; Sat-Sun noon-11pm/10.30pm. Food: Tue-Wed pre-book only. Thu noon-2pm; Sat noon-2.30pm; Sun 1-4.30pm. Closed all day Monday. (Groups please phone to book.)
The Bull 113 High St, Watton-at-Stone, SG14 3SB (01920 831032)
The George and Dragon 82 High St, Watton-at-Stone, SG14 3TA (01920 830285)
The Lordship Arms Whempstead Road, Benington, SG2 7BX. (01438 869665) Snack menu, baguettes etc. served noon - 2pm. Located 4 km from the start of the walk.
The Robin Hood Ware Road, Tonwell, SG12 0HN. (01920 463352) Food served noon - 2pm. For groups larger than 6, please phone ahead. Located 12.5 km from the start of the walk.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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