Welwyn Garden City circular hike 10.6 miles (17 km)

  • April 27, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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This is a 10.6 mile (17km) walk over mostly flat and easy to traverse terrain and as such this walk is graded as a 3 out of 10.

Walking Pace

We will be attempting this walk at a moderate pace. Please see our page on hiking speeds to see if you will be comfortable with this pace.

Welwyn Garden City was founded in 1920 by Sir Ebenezer Howard as a planned town that would combine the benefits of the city and the countryside and avoid the disadvantages of both. Howard's dream was to create "a town designed for healthy living and industry of a size that makes possible a full measure of social life but not larger, surrounded by a rural belt; the whole of the land being in public ownership, or held in trust for the community".

What this means for us is that within minutes of arriving at the train station we'll be out of the town and into the glorious surrounding countryside.

We start our rural escapade in Sherradspark Wood which contains one of the most ornately carved benches I've ever seen. The wood is criss-crossed with paths and treks and a disused railway line which we'll return along towards the end of the day.

Once leaving the woods we traverse some of the landscaped park lands of Brocket Hall and Lamer House on our way to the beautiful village of Ayot St Lawrence home to eerie  the Gothic ruin of a local church and Shaw's corner (the home of George Bernard Shaw).

The afternoon will see us traversing a variety of rural and agrucultural Hertfordshire country side on our return loop back to Welwyn Garden City.

We'll meet in front of the ticket office on the main concourse at 10:15 and depart the meeting point at 10:25 in order to board the 10:36 train

  • At least one litre of water (preferably two)
  • A packed lunch (we will stop at a pub for lunch but we won't have time to order food)
  • Some snacks
  • Money for refreshments before / after the walk.
  • Walking Boots
  • A Smile

The cost will be £11 which includes train fares and an all day guided hike.

By RSVP'ing for this walk I agree to the terms and conditions listed at the following link http://www.meetup.com/All-Seasons-Hiking/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, great day yesterday; a bit of sun, bit of rain and a couple of adventures were a bonus ! Thank you Glenn... oh and :

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-DIGIT-HAND-TALLY-COUNTER-MANUAL-CLICKER-PALM-CLUB-GOLF-CLICKER-GREEN-/200907198797?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Test_Measurement_Equipment_ET&hash=item2ec700914d

    ;o) xx

    April 28, 2013

    • Glenn B

      Thanks Danai, I shall investigate ;)

      April 30, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Great to go north of London for a change of scenery. A highlight was the shetland ponies in the field...and of course catching up with all my hiking sidekicks...and the Parcel Yard pub back at KX station. More "relaxed" pace than usual - something to do with the Sunday strollers at the back of the pack - odd considering it was a Saturday :o)

    April 29, 2013

    • jack f.

      Kathryn, you are so hard core. You realise those ponies once had standard length legs but just didn't know when to stop?

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • jack f.

    Who'd a thought a quiet spring stroll in the country could be so exciting?- 3 seasons in one day, being chucked out of a pub, um, that other thing, and BEST OF ALL a new dream-like pub that goes on for ever behind Platform 9.5. at King's Cross. Good to meet you all. Until next time. Jack F

    2 · April 28, 2013

    • Clare M.

      Chose the right part of the name for the airport then. Mountfichet, sounds like it should be near Biarritz or Le Touquet and not a Ryanair shed on the Essex borders - unless of course it IS pronounced "Moffett'

      April 29, 2013

    • jack f.

      All part of the French theme...

      April 29, 2013

  • Patricia

    Apologies for quality of my pics, my camera died and my camera phone got hot and steamy in my jacket lol

    April 28, 2013

  • Sandra K.

    Epic day! All seasons fun filled day.

    3 · April 28, 2013

    • Patricia

      Sandra good to meet you yesterday. Good luck with your 100 mile hike hun, hope we meet sometime soon. Happy snapping xx

      April 28, 2013

  • Patricia

    We had wind, we had rain, we had sessions in the sun, how's that song go, anyway! Wicked day overall, landlord of the BROCKET ARMS, got that BROCKET ARMS, what a nutter, made for an interesting lunch. However, moving on from the mislaying of the a couple of people, we had fun, good humour, amazing scenery and a well earned bevvy at the Cork Pub. Thank you Glen and everyone who had hand in getting us back to base.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Glenn B

    We had rain and we had hail but we also had a few spells of glorious sunshine and beautiful country views. Despite meeting Britain's least socially adept landlord and another slight mishap (ahem...) I really enjoyed the day. If anyone feels like reviewing Fawlty Towers, sorry I mean the Brocket Arms here's the link to their page on trip advisor. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g190740-d193901-Reviews-The_Brocket_Arms-Welwyn_Garden_City_Hertfordshire_England.html

    4 · April 28, 2013

    • Kush

      Great fun and good company; thanks also to Kathryn for leading us some of the way; thanks again, Glenn

      April 28, 2013

  • Marie-Andrée

    Great hike albeit challenged by the weather

    April 28, 2013

  • Shanaz

    HI did you pick up my message?

    April 28, 2013

    • Glenn B

      Hi Shanaz, I did see your message when I got home. Sorry to hear you were unwell and hope your feeling better now.

      April 28, 2013

  • Lauren

    Just joined so missed today's hike, but looking forward to hearing what and when the next one will be!

    April 27, 2013

    • Glenn B

      I'll be posting up another one tomorrow. Hope you can make it.

      April 27, 2013

  • Chris J.

    I'm standing by the ticket office but can't find anyone?

    April 27, 2013

  • Clare M.

    Really enjoyable, great fun

    April 27, 2013

  • Sara

    so sorry to miss this, have a lovely day

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Anna

    sorry Glenn unable to make it this time - hope the sun is shinning

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Patricia

    Can't wait, should get some great snaps.

    April 21, 2013

  • Valentin T.

    I thought its a cycle and i was like, YESSS..... then i saw "hike" and I was like boo! :)

    April 21, 2013

  • Anna

    Hi Glenn, is 6.30 pm leaving WCG or arriving back at kings cross? I was hoping to join - I have something on evening - just seeing if I can fit in both.

    April 17, 2013

    • Glenn B

      Hi Anna, it's difficult to be precise but 6:30 is the anticipated return time to London Kings Cross.

      April 17, 2013

  • Sandra

    Hi, I have just joined and saw your plan for the Welwyn Garden City Walk. It would be easier for me to drive and meet you at the start of the walk. What time does your train arrive at the station?

    April 17, 2013

    • Glenn B

      Hi Sandra, we should arrive at 11:01. Can you sign up as normal but change the payment amount to £5.

      April 17, 2013

  • Shanaz

    Hi Glenn,

    Is it possible to meet at WGC, as it's up my way?

    April 11, 2013

    • Glenn B

      Sure, no problem. If you just sign up as normal and then change the amount to £5 on the payment screen.

      April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awh, another one missed! Though I shall be up Snowdon instead =D enjoy!

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Kush

    I will be back in London by then and excited to be back on the trail again...

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Tristan

    Bummer, busy that day.. have a blast everyone! :)

    April 10, 2013

    • Glenn B

      We shall have to syncronise with your diary - haven't seen you for a while!

      April 10, 2013

    • Tristan

      That'd be great... ;-)

      April 10, 2013

  • Marianne G.

    in Nepal

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shame I can't make this one. I will be in the Lake District to practice long distance walking ;-) see you next time

    April 10, 2013

  • Rachel

    I'll be at a wedding that Saturday. Have a fantastic hike, sounds like a good one :-)

    April 10, 2013

    • Glenn B

      That's a shame. Have fun at the wedding!

      April 10, 2013

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