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Watton-at-Stone Circular

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Old hedgerow

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Marching trees

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Bales

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Large Oak

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Watton-at-Stone Circular walk

The rolling hills of Hertfordshire, the River Beane, and Watton.

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, 27-May-18 10

Sunday Walk - The Rolling Hills of Hertfordshire: Watton-at-Stone Circular

Length: 21.5 km (13.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 300m
Net Walking Time: 5 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.17 Stevenage train from Moorgate (Old Street 10.19, Essex Road 10.22, Highbury & Islington 10.25, Finsbury Park 10.30 etc.), arrives Watton-at-Stone 11.14.
Note: due to late-running engineering works, this train may leave from King’s Cross (but will always go via Finsbury Park), so watch this space and the National Rail website.
Return trains: xx.06 and xx.36.
As I said in my walk report after this walk’s last outing on a Wednesday in early 2017: “Very pleasant, possibly one of the most underrated walks on the website.”
This walk is in the gentle rolling hills and little wooded areas of rural Hertfordshire, with a particularly attractive stretch alongside the River Beane near the end and a brutalist water tower at Tonwell along the way and a cozy pub with a big open fire at the end.
Lunch: The Boot Inn in Dane End, Ware (8.0 km/5.0 mi, food 13.00-16.00) or at The Robin Hood Inn in Tonwell (14.8 km/9.2 mi, although this is closed on Sundays acc. to the CAMRA website).
Tea: The Bull or The George & Dragon, both on the High Street in Watton.
For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.94
Good morning,

Is there any one else to join me on this one?

Can do with someone familiar with maps and directions : )

Mike
It's a fully written up walk with very detailed directions, so there is no need for map or compassing skills (although of course they are always useful to have). But, yes, there will be other people.
I am planning to go.
is anyone up for meeting at moorgate station and getting a group saver?
I am happy to meet for the group saver ticket next to the ticket office
According to nationalrail.co.uk just now, this train WILL depart from Moorgate. Being of the non trusting kind, I will check again in the morning though.
cool i'll be there at 10
10 on the walk, incl. 1 first timer, sucked in by our meet up posting, in weather that was hot and humid with just an occasional breeze. As promised by the bombastic walk post, this was a varied walk with plenty of rolling hillocks and fields, some shady green lanes, quiet country lanes, some rivers, occasional far views and several attractive houses, with the last and largest of them Woodhall near Watton, the most impressive. All this for a mere £6.20 rtn (with a Railcard)!
8 went to the pub in Dane End, which had just lost its front of house manager, so the owners filled in, struggling a little with the till and with sequencing the meals, but it was still a pleasant stay there. A very friendly couple and one hopes they find another manager soon to keep it going. The 2 sandwichers had taken the route around the village but we 'caught' them just before the last stretch along the Beane River into Watton. As we had just missed the 17.06, we all went into The Bull for refreshments, where there was a beer festival in the garden and a nice shady corner free for us.
Wed, 08-Mar-17 7

Wednesday Walk - Watton-at-Stone Circular

Length: 21.5 km (13.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 300m
Net Walking Time: 5 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10

Take the 09.48 Letchworth Garden City train from Moorgate (Old Street 09.50, Essex Road 09.53, Hi & Is 09.56, Finsbury Pk. 10.01 etc.), arrives Watton-at-Stone 10.44.
[The rtn ticket is only £13,80 at full cost, so there is little point waiting for a post 10.00 departure for the Network RC users.]
Return trains: 16.35, 17.06, 17.36, 17.58, 18.28, 18.58…

This walk is in the gentle rolling hills and little wooded areas of rural Hertfordshire, with a particularly attractive stretch alongside the River Beane near the end and a brutalist water tower at Tonwell along the way and a cozy pub with a big open fire at the end.

Lunch: The Boot Inn in Dane End, Ware (8.0 km/5.0 mi, under new mgmt as of last year apparently) or at The Robin Hood Inn in Tonwell (14.8 km/9.2 mi, food to 14.00 apparently).
Tea: The Bull or The George & Dragon, both on the High Street in Watton.

For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.94
Next Week: Stonegate to Battle (amalgamated walk)
7 walkers in mostly dry weather, with a handful of short drizzle periods and one long hard shower. Nicely undulating landscape, lots of fields of course, this being Hertfordshire, but mostly navigated along grassy paths between them or along grassy boundaries. The field crossings that there were, were quite bearable, along well trampled paths. A surprising amount of far views on this walk, as it's got quite a few hills and hummocks to cross.

Pre lunch the drizzle never really got going until we reached the first pub The Boot Inn in Dane End. Slack research by the walk poster meant though that we were surprised to find it shut at weekday lunch times (it's under new mgmt, and looks prim and proper, so should be a good stop on a weekend). We called the second pub, more than hour down the route, and got a non committal response to the question whether they'd still be open when we'd get there. So the golf club 20 minutes further along came as a huge reprieve as they were happy to accomodate us in their restaurant.
That's when the rain got heavy so we stayed for an hour and a half.
The afternoon then was dry and the landscape more varied, with the stretch along The Beane and the parkland around Woodhall Park the highlights.
3 for the train, 4 for The Bull in Watton. Those 4 took the 18.58, shamefully having gotten distracted by some NZ Sauvignon Blanc supplies...

Very pleasant, possibly one of the most underrated walks on the website.

Sat, 21-Nov-15 9

Third Walk

Extra Walk 94 - Watton-at-Stone Circular
Length: 18km (11.2 miles). Toughness: 2/10

Catch the 9:26 from London Kings Cross arrives Watton-at-Stone 10:15. (Return trains xx:37 until 23:37.)
Early lunch at the re-opened Boot, Dane End. This walk is overdue for a walk check (last checked March 2010) and will be taking the opportunity. This walk may be longer than the official 18km as measured by the magic wheel. (Noted as 22km June 2011 in the comments section - no doubt logged by a gps device.) T=swc.94
Intend going.
lucky seniores with 60+ oystercard should buy return Crews Hill, the boundary zone station, to Watton at Stone. cost £3.65 equivalent to a v large latte. can't do Sat but will check walking instructions on Friday and let DAC know if I make any unintended detours.
No need to work out the boundary zone station. You can just buy a ticket to or from "boundary zone x" from ticket machines. Just start typing "Bou" and it should come up.
about tickets bought from boundary zones: not every ticket machine has that facility (I have never seen one). And to be honest, thanks for the advise of typing 'bou' I never knew you could do that. If you buy online (Trainline.com does not charge a fee if bought on the day of travel and I think the website of the train company does not charge you anytime then you have to find out which of the 10+ lines out of London you are travelling on, so trainline wins it here) then you have to know your boundary zone to buy your return ticket. I find it also quicker to buy tickets beforehand and just pick them up.

However I was caught out yesterday because my train went from Highbury & Islington to Watton at Stone and there is no rail ticket machine at all at H&I. Advise was to get off at Finsbury Park, get the ticket, and hop on to next train to WaS, losing an hour, which I could not afford with the sun setting at 4pm. So I risked it, was lucky and picked up my return tickets at WoS. However the SWC rarely if ever goes from small stations but it might be useful for the midweek walkers.

The walk itself was absolutely glorious, as was the weather with bright sun in the afternoon and light cloud in the morning; wide views over Hertfordshire agriculture land, meadows with only some horses and some beautiful deer running across a field for company. Quite muddy and wet underfoot but that was to be expected. Pub at Dane End (The Boot) was closed but the clubhouse at a nearby golf club was not. People know my fondness for gatecrashing clubs of all sorts (a certain yacht club in Essex springs to mind) and I had a simple but delicious lunch. I lingered so long, answering emails from work, that I took the shortcut again and trying to avoid a nasty chunk of busy road took a patch west of Sacombebury Farm thinking it would link up with a track leading back to the road. Well it does not; so after some tresspassing (not recommended) got back on track. Finally at WaS there was a very cosy pub The Bull with an open fire who were happy to serve tea unlike the local tea shop which closed at 4pm.
So far as I know, only Southern ticket machines (e.g. Victoria, East Croydon) allow you to purchase tickets from 'Boundary Zone x'.
9 cold and windy but sunny

A really charming walk, not too far from London, with a very reasonable train fare (£5.90 with network railcard from Kings Cross). The countryside is quite lovely with gentle hills and little wooded areas. Not too muddy considering the weather during the past week. Very cold, but dry and sunny from when we arrived at Watton until the end of the day.

The first couple of kilometers were very cold as we walked headfirst into the wind across some open fields. 6 dined at the Boot, Dane End. There was a long wait for food, but it was fine when it came. The picnickers carried on ahead as the rest were quite some time at the pub. Anyone planning to do this walk should phone ahead to check whether food will be served.

After lunch, the six became five as one walker raced ahead. Arrived back at Watton at Stone in time for the 16:37, which one walker chose to take, the remaining four deciding to check out the beer offerings at The George and Dragon. A very cozy pub with a big open fire. Took the 17:37 back to London, where three continued their studies in beer at the aptly named The Perseverance in Bloomsbury.
Sun, 25-Jan-15 3 Watton-at-Stone Circular
Mon, 21-Apr-14 Watton-at-Stone Circular
Sat, 16-Mar-13 0 Watton-at-Stone Circular
Sun, 15-Jul-12 Watton-at-Stone Circular, extended via Haultwick
Sat, 18-Sep-10 Watton-at-Stone Circular, extended via Haultwick
Wed, 17-Mar-10 Watton-at-Stone Circular
Sat, 17-Oct-09 Watton-at-Stone Circular