St Albans and the River Ver

  • May 18, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Walk length 11 miles/17.7 km approx. Circular.

A picturesque walk from the historic town of St Albans along the River Ver to Redbourn.

St Albans contains both mediaeval and Roman remains, and was the second largest town in Roman Britain after Londinium.

The mediaeval town developed around the Abbey where it is believed St Alban the first British martyr was beheaded. The Abbey was bought by local people after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and finally made into a cathedral in 1877.

The River Ver is a chalk stream which has been canalised, this was during construction of artificial lakes at Verulamium Park, St Albans in the 1930s, but it still contains natural features. During Roman times it was still navigable.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 5.00pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Transport and meeting

Meet outside St Albans Abbey Station for 10.30am for the walk to start at 10.45am.

By car: The staion Car Park is £2, however there may be free street parking close on a Sunday, but please leave enough time to look for parking and check for restrictions. Station: Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2DN.

By train: The 9.54am from London Euston gets to St Albans Abbey Station for 10.36am (make sure you get off at St Albans Abbey Station and not St Albans City).  See London Midland

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon 07950125826.

RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy

Weather: see BBC Weather Please see our weather policy

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions


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  • Barry

    Excellent walk in sunshine.

    May 19

  • Diane R.

    Really enjoyed my first walk, thanks. Perfect intro.

    May 19

  • Charlotte N.

    Another great walk - new route and scenery. Fabulous weather too

    May 19

  • Roberto C.

    fantastic day, perfect organisation, friendly people ... thank you!

    May 18

  • Isabelle

    Really nice walk, no hills for a change! Nice to see you all :)

    May 18

  • Janet S.

    A great walk today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My feet need some TLC now. Hope to see everyone agin soon.

    May 18

  • Ellie

    Hi, sorry to pull out but I have a cold and sore throat and really not feeling well for it. I was really looking forward to the walk. See you on the next one. Ellie

    May 17

  • Peter

    Scorchio!!!

    May 17

  • Peter

    Bringing another friend to make up numbers ;-)

    May 17

  • Shakira

    Sorry for pulling out so late family emergency. I'm sure it will be a wonderful walk. See you soon

    May 17

    • Charlotte N.

      Pfftt! You're just avoiding me ...I know! Ha ha. Hopefully see you on the next walk and family emergency sorted soon x

      May 17

  • Judy

    Changed my RSVP. Walking in new boots so going on a shorter walk just in case they need breaking in!

    May 17

  • Esther

    Was hoping to come but I can't get there this weekend. Sorry. Hope to see you soon :-(

    May 16

  • Vassili

    Meet you at the abbey station at 10.30am

    May 16

  • Judy

    Meet you at the abbey station at 10.30am

    May 16

  • Roberto C.

    I will be in St Albans Abbey Station at 10.30a.m.

    May 15

  • Diana

    Still not right I'm afraid. I hope if I don't do too much this weekend... I might be OK for the Bank Holiday - although I fear it is wishful thinking. I will of course let you know.

    May 13

  • Eugenie

    Sorry - I can't make it anymore. Changed my RSVP to no. Place up for grabs!

    May 13

  • caroline h.

    Sorry have to go to luxembourg this week end at short notice. Hope someone can take my place

    May 13

  • Esther

    Is anyone driving from Maidenhead? I need a lift please. :-)

    May 13

  • Debbie D.

    So sorry, I am now unable to make it on Sunday. Have a great walk!

    May 13

  • Judy

    I will be in St. Albans so any drop outs on the day I can be there in a jiffy!

    May 12

  • Gary Scott W.

    looks a great walk.. next time round eh leon :)

    May 12

    • Gary Scott W.

      tbh i wouldnt of been able to do it anyway as doctors orders are no long walks atm till knees heal up.. and yes i know im on a army weekend .. trust me.. no long walks for me. on that either. love to the medics in the world :):):):)

      May 12

  • Roger W.

    Work getting in the way of walking at the moment and a Spring Conference to attend D'oh! Have a Great walk folks!

    May 12

  • Stacey

    Hi all, forgot that my family are over from Switzerland this weekend so unfortunately can't make this walk...have a lovely time!

    May 12

  • danna

    Hi, Was really looking forward to this walk but unfortunately will need to cancel:-( enjoy your walk everybody

    May 9

  • Gary Scott W.

    i've had to say no to a walk on my very doorstep due to a working weekend of range firing and getting gassed (respirator checks)

    April 25

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