The start and end of the walk is inside Zone 6,
so you can use a 1 day Travel card or an Oyster card.
STRAWBERRIES ARE HERE
PARKSIDE FARM CLAIMS NATIONAL PICK-YOUR-OWN AWARD Parkside Farm has been named the national ‘Pick-your own Farm of the Year’ 2011 by the National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA).
Parkside Farm grows nearly 20 different fruits and vegetables which are grown exclusively for Pick-Your-Own between June and October. They pride themselves on the quality of their produce, which is "as fresh as it gets"! Crops include “table-top” strawberries (no bending required), raspberries, beans and sweetcorn.
NOTE: Other fruits and vegetables will be listed nearer the event date, as some crops may be in limited supply at certain times due to demand or weather.
Transport will be provided to take your fruit & veg from
Parkside Farm to the end point of the hike.
After the fruit & veg picking we will continue with the walk around Trent Park and we maybe have a late afternoon picnic, and just chill out in serene, bucolic and picturesque surroundings. At the end of the walk we can have drinks in the beer garden at the Cock & Dragon in Cockfosters were your fruit & veg will be ready for your collection.
Trent Country Park
413 acres of rolling meadows, enchanting brooks, exquisite lakes, ancient woodland, and imposing historical sites. Trent park forms part of London's Green Belt and being a country park it provides a natural, rural and tranquil atmosphere on the outskirts of London.
We will visit The Mansion, The Solitary Obelisk and Camlet Moat which are just some of the remarkable historical sites and an ornate Japanese Water Garden.
Camlet Moat is a scheduled Ancient Monument and is protected under the 1979 Ancient Monument and Archaeological Areas. Nothing is known of the origins of Camlet Moat. The first probable occupant was Richard Pounz, Keeper of the Chase in the 1320s. In 1429 the lodge was demolished and the materials sold to help pay for repairs to Hertford Castle.
Royal Hunting Forest
The scenery of Trent Country Park is immensely ancient, a relic of the Royal Hunting Forest of Enfield Chase which was mentioned in the Domesday Book, the immense survey of England conducted by William the Conqueror in 1086.
What gives Trent Country Park its distinctive character is that it has survived almost unchanged from those days when it served for nearly 400 years as royal hunting ground. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I could be seen on their regal horses hunting deer in the forest.
Distance: 8miles (12.8km) including visit to Parkside Farm.
Meeting point: Oakwood Tube station
Meeting time: 9.45am (walk starts at 10am).
Lunch: Packed lunch
Cost: £8.50 per person (NBH costs and organiser's fee).
NOTE: This is a low-level walk through Trent Country Park, which is extended into the Hertfordshire countryside, and therefore you will not need to dress for hill waking.
Things to bring:
Packed lunch (picnic)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Money (cash for fruit & veg/pub)
Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
For more information:
Look at the following site for the simplified explanation
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