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.
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/