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SWC Free Walk 69, Welwyn Circular. 11/11/12.
A very decent Hertfordshire walk of around 10.6 miles. Setting out from Welwyn Garden City (which should really be the correct title for this walk) station, the walker passes a Remembrance Day service before entering the woodlands of Sherrardspark soon after. Then on over the A1(M) to enter the Brockett Estate. Passing through yet another golf course, the walk then joins the Lee Valley Way, which is followed all the way to Wheathampstead, for those taking an early lunch there. Otherwise, it's a northerly turn away from the river to head to the pretty village of Ayot St Lawrence, former home of George Bernard Shaw, via Lamer Park. A later lunch can be had in Ayot, either in the local hostelry, or, in this case, outside the Gothic ruins of the former church. Thereafter, it's the more traditional Hertfordshire scenery of arable fields, which can be very muddy after rain, as today, and back on through Sherrardspark Wood. This time following a former railway line, the Ayot Greenway, back to the rail station. A lovely little pocket of Hertfordshire that is only half an hour from London on the fast trains. Being a river side walk for a stretch means mud, for those who don't like getting their boots dirty!
Last updated : Feb-18