An easy walk through Hertfordshire countryside, visiting Ayot St Lawrence and an ivied Gothic ruin of a church.
18.3 km (11.4 miles)
Landranger 166, Explorer 182
2 out of 10.
|Features||This walk benefits from a fast and frequent train service, which whisks you well past the M25 in less than half an hour. Once out of the Garden City and over the A1(M) you are in some attractive Hertfordshire countryside, including the landscaped parkland of Brocket Hall and Lamer House. In the afternoon you reach the picturesque village of Ayot St Lawrence, which has two unusual churches – one reminiscent of a Greek temple, the other an ivied Gothic ruin – and if you wish you can visit the home of George Bernard Shaw, Shaw's Corner, now owned by the National Trust. (Open to the public from March – October.)|
|Shortening the walk||An infrequent 366 bus service operates Mon – Sat between Welwyn Garden City and Wheathamstead if you wish to shorten the walk.|
To be written.
|Saturday Walkers Club||Take the nearest (fast) train to 10.05am from Kings Cross Station to Welwyn Garden City. If stopping at the earlier lunch stop at Wheathampstead, take the nearest (fast) train to 10.35am|
The Brocket Arms Ayot St. Lawrence, AL6 9BT (01438 820250) Located 11 km from the start of the walk
The Bull 11 High Street, Wheathampstead, AL4 8BS (01582 833379) Food served Sun - Thu: 12pm - 10pm Fri - Sat: 12pm -10:30pm (Add 1km extra to walk: divert from route to Wheathampstead.)
The Swan 56 High St, Wheathampstead, AL4 8AR (01582 833110) (Add 1km extra to walk: divert from route to Wheathampstead.)
The Waggoners Brickwall Close, Ayot Green, AL6 9AA. (01707 324241) Located 1 km from the end of the walk
Various Cafés and pubs in Welwyn.
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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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