This is an eight mile, almost entirely flat walk starting and ending at Verulamium, one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire and the third largest city in Roman Britain.
The walk takes us into Verulamium Park, along the Roman wall, and briefly through a residential area before taking a footbridge across the M10. The first part of the walk is mostly on country lanes, while the second part is entirely within the Gorhambury Estate (www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/old-gorhambury-house). Gorhambury is a Palladian house, built in 1784, while the ruins of the original Tudor house lie in the park.
Gorhambury is a partridge and pheasant shoot venue, and it is shooting season; although there is no formal shoot scheduled for the day of our walk.
We end the walk back at Verulamium Park where you have several options:
- Explore Roman Verulamium: Visit the amphitheatre (£2.50), Roman museum (£3.80), hypocaust
- Pub & grub: Heading towards the town centre from the park there are several pubs and restaurants
- Within the park: Tea shop, St Albans cathedral
Or head straight through the park back to St Albans Abbey railway station.
Lunch & refreshments
Please bring a pack lunch and water, as well as snacks. There are options for a pub or restaurant meal after the walk.
Travel & cost
The walk is a circular route, from St Albans Abbey train station, where we will meet at 10.45am. There is a train departing Euston at 9.54am, connecting at Watford Junction at 10.20am, arriving St Albans Abbey at 10.38am. An Off-Peak Day Return from Euston costs £10.90.
I will provide my mobile number to those on the RSVP list. Please note that train departures are only every half an hour, so we will not be able to wait for anyone who misses the train.
For any drivers, parking is available at the train station (£2) or at nearby Verulamium Park (£4) – although this can be very busy on the weekends.
Note: The £2 donation will be entirely used towards the purchase of hiking equipment for the group, as well as extra training for the hike leaders
It is impossible to state a specific finish time as it depends on weather conditions, the general pace of the group and other unplanned factors. Please only RSVP if you are comfortable doing several hours of walking.
Equipment (please read!)
Please ensure that you have basic adequate equipment. For this walk you are required to have hiking shoes or boots (parts of the walk will be muddy) and a good waterproof jacket and trousers. Please remember fleece, gloves and hat in case of chilly weather. Also, do not wear jeans because if they get wet you will get cold and lose temperature fast.
Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.