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A Saturday hike in the Hertfordshire countryside including Northaw Great Wood.
Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 start outside Cafe2Go at Cuffley Station, Station Road, Cuffley, Herts EN6 4HY Hike starts and finishes at Cuffley station.
This is not in Potters Par, Potters Bar is the post town.
Nearest post code: EN6 4HY
O.S. Grid Ref: TL307028
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This is an informal outdoor sport or fitness activity in parks and countryside accessible to the public.
* If the event is full, you can join the waiting list.
* If you decide not to attend, please change your response to "Not going". If possible please let us know on Thursday or Friday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.
Although restrictions have been eased, our group is being more cautious and we ask you to maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.
* Please give additional contact details (mobile phone number) to the event organiser at the start of the hike.
* If you travel by bus or train, you will need a face covering.
* On footpaths, avoid touching gates or stiles where possible
* Bring alcohol-based hand sanitiser and/or wear gloves.
* Do not share food, drink or equipment such as walking poles.
Go along part of the Hertfordshire Way and The Ridgeway then into the 121 hectare (300 acre) Northaw Great Wood Country Park, also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with Oak, Birch, Hornbeam, Ash, Sycamore and Sweet Chestnut trees (beware of falling chestnuts!)
Stop for an outdoor lunch stop in Northaw Great Wood then via Home Wood and Tolmers Road back to Cuffley Station.
Total distance 8.5 miles (13.75 km) with some hills, total 143 metres (470 ft) ascent and descent. There is no pub at lunch time.
We are likely to finish the hike by about 16:00.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Friends of Northaw Great Wood, http://www.fongw.org.uk/
O.S. 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182 St Albans & Hatfield and Sheet 174, Epping Forest and Lee Valley.
This route was devised by South Herts Hikers, please see Wikiloc: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/cuffley-and-northaw-great-wood-loop-v2-42952433
You can select map or aerial view (OpenStreetmap recommended) and you can zoom in. If you set up a free Wikiloc login, you can download a .GPX file to use with any GPS app such as Viewranger, Outdoor Active or a .KML file for Google Maps.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES):
Great Northern trains from London King's Cross or Finsbury Park and all stations to Cuffley.
Bus route 242 from Potters Bar, Northaw, Waltham Cross or Cheshunt to Cuffley Railway Station. Timetable: https://www.metroline.co.uk/sites/metroline.co.uk/files/Route%20242%2024c%20Feb%202018%20Web.pdf
CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
Parking in station car park (£2.80 weekends) or Sopers Road Car Park EN6 4TP, opposite the station (£2 Saturdays)
• What to bring
Hiking boots with good grip (footpaths may be slippery or muddy in places), outdoor clothing for weather conditions including a sun hat and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.
Drink and a packed lunch are essential as there is no pub etc. at lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/
• Important to know
There will be a mid-morning stop and an outdoor lunch stop in Northaw Great Wood for packed lunch on picnic benches. Note that the toilets may be closed.
From Jan 2021 we suggest a voluntary annual membership donation of £1 (50p if you join July onwards) at your first event of the year plus a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant. This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group.