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Bayford Open Gardens as part of a 8 Mile (13km) Hike

  • Jun 22, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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By popular demand, we will repeat our 2012 visit to a village open garden event.  These surely qualify as one of our many great British institutions, where normal village residents open up their gardens, sell plants and serve tea & cakes to the general public, with the proceeds going to charity.  The event in Bayford is particularly special, both for the range of gardens, which encompass everything from humble workers' cottages to ostentatious banker-bonus mansions and because there will be high quality brass, steel and jazz bands performing.

We will combine our visit to Bayford's gardens with a relaxed stroll through the attractive Hertfordshire countryside from Broxbourne to Hertford. This includes extensive rolling countryside and surprisingly rural mixed use farmland.

We will aim to get to Bayford by 12:00 and reconvene ready for the second part of the hike at 15:30 at the village pub (Baker Arms).

Travel there by train: meet me BEFORE 09:00 at Liverpool Street mainline station to sort out tickets. Our train departs from platform 1 at 09:21 and arrives in Broxbourne at 09:54.

If, like me, you need a coffee to join the land of the living at this time of the morning, getting a free Bite card gets you 20% off at many station outlets:

The cost to include the guided and backmarked hike, plus the return train fares, is £10.  Please pay the hike leader in cash on the train. Entry to the gardens is an additional £8.00 each, but it all goes to charity!

If coming by car, there is a car park at Broxbourne station, costing £1.40 and you can return there by train from Hertford at the end of the hike.

There will be plenty of opportunities to grab food, drink and refreshing beverages in Bayford, but I will also be taking a picnic to enjoy whilst listening to one of the bands. As per tradition, we will also end the hike (~17:00) at a pub in Hertford, where we may just possibly be inspired to play a few games too!

The walking pace will be sociable and the terrain is only moderately undulating, but a reasonable level of fitness and suitable clothing / footwear are required to enjoy the trip.

Event website:

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  • Paul R

    Another classic hike, good weather, good beer and nice gardens too lounge in and chill , thanks Andy for all your hard work.

    June 24, 2014

  • Palma

    Cakes,music, great weather, lovely people.
    Awesome day!

    June 23, 2014

  • Martin C.

    Idyllic! Thanks everyone.

    June 23, 2014

  • Henning

    Great trip, great company, very scenic first half of the hike

    June 23, 2014

    • Emmylou

      Nice photos, Henning!

      June 23, 2014

  • Emmylou

    Truly scrumptious day!

    June 23, 2014

  • Andy

    A fantastic chilled day with a lovely stroll to work up an appetite for all hose scones and cakes!

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth


    June 23, 2014

  • Katharina

    Thanks Andy this was great! Perfect Sunday in the country! Sucked up enough Britishness to last me for a while now! :)

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Ann

    Hi, I've been on the waitlist and haven't realised that I've been moved up until now. So sorry but didn't know I was down as going otherwise I'd surely signed out as I'v two big blisters from our 31km walk yesterday.

    June 22, 2014

  • Tamara

    Hi, sorry I conpletely forgot about this hike. Its late for ne to make ut to the station now

    June 22, 2014

  • Emmylou

    I'll make my own way to broxbourne so count me out of the train tickets. See you soon!

    June 22, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Hey Andy, see you all at liverpool st station :-))

      June 22, 2014

  • Maja

    Just to let you know, there is a big "clear out" of LEC members who drop out last minute or not show up at events and especially those who say "have a nice time" while doing so. So check if you can come and change your RSVP adequately to allow members on the waiting list to plan their weekend. Thank you!

    June 16, 2014

  • Andy

    Hi everyone, with this trip now only a week away, signs have been put up around the village stating that there will be 5 bands and 12 gardens for us to enjoy. Also, please do update your RSVP if your plans have changed to allow those on the waiting list to attend in your place.

    June 15, 2014

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