• Re-activate membership, optional 'Virtual hike' (11) Hertfordshire and GPS HowTo

    Free on-line Zoom meeting at 20:00 on Sun 09/01/2022.

    You can sign up for this event to become an active member for the next three months. You can also join us for a "virtual hike" in Hertfordshire with a GPS HowTo guide but this is optional.

    Why become an active member? If you haven't signed up for an event in the past three months then Meetup regards you as an inactive member and it doesn't send you automatic invitations to new events as soon as they are announced, so that you have to find them on the calendar.

    Some of our real outdoor hikes in 2021 filled up quickly so it is useful to receive automatic notification emails of future events, when we restart in 2022. You can change your Meetup status to "Active Member" simply by signing up for this event. It doesn't matter whether you actually join the Zoom 'Virtual Hike' or not. For this event, it's fine if you sign up but don't attend and we won't mark you as a "no-show".

    Our 'Virtual Hike' in Hertfordshire includes a rapid tour of:

    *The Rhododendron forest in Barnet Gate Wood
    *The little-known South Mimms "Lake District" (see photo)
    *Fir and Pond Wood nature reserves near Potters Bar
    *Ashridge and the Chiltern Hills
    *Ayot St Lawrence
    *Panshanger Park, Hertford
    *Lea Valley.

    You can find details of many of our routes on Wikiloc. See: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.do?id=4655189

    For each route, the Wikiloc map is interactive and you can select satellite view or map view (Openstreetmap recommended). You can zoom in for a more detailed view and you can also download a GPS file of the route to use with a free GPS app such as Outdoor Active/Viewranger or Google Maps.

    We also have a GPS HowTo that tells you how to use GPS on a mobile phone for walking on footpaths, not only on roads. We also show you how to get all the public footpaths in Hertfordshire onto Google Maps

    HOW TO JOIN:

    If you are not familiar with Zoom, please see below. Here is a brief guide:

    *After you RSVP, you will see a clickable link on the Meetup event details that gets you straight in. That's the easiest way.
    *We send a reminder message a couple of dsys before the event with a clickable link plus the Message ID and password that you can enter manually on any device.

    You need to enter a Display Name for yourself. Please make this the same as your Meetup ID if possible, otherwise please identify yourself. If you are a guest of a member then please state whose guest you are. The Zoom facility to send text "chat" messages to other members will be turned off.

    ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL HIKES

    Other 'virtual hikes' have included Wales, Scottish Highlands, Austria, Slovenia, Norway, New Zealand and China. We use Google Earth to show you where each location is and we also show photos and give tips on travel

    Our free Zoom account is limited to 40 minutes, so Part 1 will finish at exactly 20:39. After that you can either leave or you can log in again with the same details for Part 2, GPS HowTo and GPS Q&A

    A BRIEF ZOOM HOW-TO:

    To join a Zoom meeting, you will need either:
    * A Windows, Mac or Linux laptop or desktop computer
    * An iPhone/iPad
    * An Android mobile phone

    You also need Zoom Client for Meetings (Windows) or Zoom Cloud Meetings (iPhone/Android)

    See https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting (Windows)
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id546505307 (Apple)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings (Android)

    The current Zoom version for Windows is 5.9.1. Earlier 4.x.x versions cannot be used.

    You should also see a link "Join from your browser". This bypasses the Zoom application download process, but the meeting experience from the browser is limited

    ZOOM SECURITY:

    Note the How-To Geek advice on avoiding uninvited guests, known as "Zoom bombing" https://www.howtogeek.com/667183/what-is-zoombombing-and-how-can-you-stop-it/

  • Pre-Christmas Sunday Hike, South Mimms-Shenley-Ridge circular 7.8 mls

    Outside White Hart Pub

    Hike on the Hertfordshire Way and other public footpaths around South Mimms, Shenley and Ridge with a lunch stop near a café. Hike starts and ends in South Mimms village.

    Meet 10:15 for 10:30 start by the seats on the green near the war memorial outside the White Hart public house, St Albans Rd, South Mimms, Herts EN6 3PJ. Look for our Meetup sign with two boot prints.

    Nearest post code EN6 3PJ
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    OSGB Grid Reference: TL222013
    What3words: https://w3w.co/quite.winner.carbon

    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 Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:

    South Mimms village - Hertfordshire Way - Shenley Park (lunch stop) - Ridge - South Mimms. Most of the route is on public footpaths. Many of these are sheltered but some may be muddy in places. Some paths are little used with few other walkers. Total distance is 7.8 miles (12.6 km) with slight hills.

    It is only 2 days before winter solstice and sunset is at 3:52 p.m. We are likely to finish the hike by 4:00 p.m. or earlier.

    PLACES OF INTEREST:

    Café in the Orchard, Shenley Park: http://intheorchard.co.uk/
    Menu: https://9078b67c-3e13-4b40-9f5d-e4c1ce55fe6a.filesusr.com/ugd/7038f9_779cab7ba1884cbb92bcd54d41c69657.pdf

    ONLINE MAP:
    This route was devised by South Herts Hikers. You can find a map of a very similar route on Wikiloc: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/south-mimms-shenley-ridge-loop-v1-79280137

    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:

    Bus route 84/84A (not TfL) from Barnet, Potters Bar or St Albans to the White Hart, South Mimms.

    CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:

    It is possible to park in nearby streets in South Mimms village on a Sunday. Please park considerately.

    WHAT TO BRING:

    Most of the route is on public footpaths that may be slippery, muddy or stony in places. You need adequate hiking boots with thick soles and good grip. You also need a warm jacket for winter, an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

    Drink is essential but a packed lunch is optional as there is a café at lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

    • Important to know

    From Jan 2021 we suggest a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant (cash or PayPal). This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group.

    There will be a mid morning outdoor stop 4 km from the start and a lunch stop 7 km from the start near the Café in the Orchard, Shenley Park, Radlett Lane, Radlett, WD7 9DW Phone[masked]. We recommend you to bring your own packed lunch to eat outdoors. There are seats in the park area near the café but please do not eat your own food at tables inside the cafe nor at the outdoor tables in the café garden. If you go into the café, you will need a face covering and you can buy lunch and hot drinks. The menu is available on-line, see Places of Interest above. The café has tables indoors and outdoors but we recommend you to use the outdoor tables for improved social distancing. There will be a short outdoor afternoon stop 10 km from the start.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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  • Pre-Christmas Sunday Hike with café, Gordon Hill - Trent Park circular 8.5 mls

    Outside Gordon Hill Railway Station

    Hike mainly in green spaces, park land and Green Belt countryside, between Enfield and Oakwood including the recently opened Merryhills Way footpath.

    Meet 10:00 for 10:15 Start. Please note earlier than usual starting time. Hike starts and ends outside Gordon Hill station, Lavender Hill, Enfield, EN2 0QU. Meet outside the main entrance to the station. Look for our Meetup sign with two boot prints.

    Nearest post code: EN2 0QU
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    OSGB National Grid Ref. TQ319978
    What3Words: https://w3w.co/prove.photo.noted

    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 Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:

    Gordon Hill Station - London Loop - Trent Park (lunch stop) - Merryhills Way - Gordon Hill Station. Most of the route is on roads with pavement, stony tracks or public footpaths which may be muddy in places. Total distance is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) with some hills.

    We have the earliest mid-winter sunset at 3:51 p.m. We are likely to finish the hike by 4:00 p.m. or earlier.

    PLACES OF INTEREST:

    Friends of Trent Country Park
    https://friendsoftrentcountrypark.org.uk/walk-the-trails-and-explore/
    Trent Park leaflet with Map: https://friendsoftrentcountrypark.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/TRENT-COUNTRY-PARK-MAP-BROCHURE-EDITV2.pdf

    HIKING MAP:
    Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 173, London North.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION:
    Gordon Hill Station (GDH), Great Northern trains from London Kings Cross, Finsbury Park and all stations to Hertford North

    Bus TfL route W8 from Enfield Town or Edmonton Green (TfL Oyster Card or contactless card/device required).

    CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:

    Gordon Hill Station Car Park, £2.80 Sundays or it may be possible to park in nearby streets on a Sunday (please park considerately).

    WHAT TO BRING

    Most of the route is on public footpaths that may be slippery, muddy or stony in places. You need adequate hiking boots with thick soles and good grip. You also need a warm jacket for winter, an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

    Drink is essential but a packed lunch is optional as there is a café at lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

    • Important to know

    From Jan 2021 we suggest a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant (cash or PayPal). This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group.

    There will be a mid morning stop 3.5 km from the start and a lunch stop 8 km from the start at the café in Trent Park. A face covering is required and you can buy snacks and hot drinks. There are outdoor tables for social distancing. Alternatively you can eat your own packed lunch outdoors somewhere nearby but please do not use tables in the café nor the outdoor tables. There are toilets nearby. There will be a short afternoon stop 12 km from the start.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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  • Sunday Hike Berkhamsted - National Trust Ashridge Estate & woods 8.3 ml circular

    Hike in the Chiltern Hills on the National Trust Ashridge Estate with an outdoor café at lunch time. Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 a.m. start outside Berkhamsted Station (by fish bar), Station Approach, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2AR
    Station Approach is on the south side of the railway, off Lower Kings Road.

    Nearest post code: HP4 2AR
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    O.S. Grid Ref: SP993081
    What3Words: https://w3w.co/both.cloud.scarecrow

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:

    The Ashridge Estate is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the care of the National Trust (free admission). It includes woodland, open chalk downlands and meadows on the border of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We hike in the southern part of the Ashridge Estate, mainly in woodland.

    From Berkhamsted Station past the remains of Berkhamsted Castle to Berkhamsted Common then along the Prince's Riding path to the Bridgewater Monument and the Ashridge Visitor Centre where there is the option of lunch at the Brownlow Café with its al-fresco outdoor seating area. The Brownlow Café is closing at the end of 2021 for redevelopment so this may be your last chance to go there. Return via the Icknield Way Trail to Northchurch Common and back to Berkhamsted Station.

    Total distance is 8.3 mls (13.4 km) and it is quite hilly with about 200 metres (656 ft) of ascent and descent. Nearly all of the route is on public footpaths or public bridleways. There is a map of the route in the event photo above.

    Sunset is at 3:53 p.m. only 2 minutes off the shortest day. We are likely to finish the hike by 4:00 p.m. or earlier.

    PLACES OF INTEREST:
    National Trust Ashridge Estate https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate

    HIKING MAP:
    We use Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 181 Chiltern Hills North.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION:
    West Midlands Trains from London Euston 09:24 to Birmingham New Street arrives Berkhamsted at 10:00 and also calls at Harrow & Wealdstone [HRW], Bushey [BSH], Watford Junction [WFJ], Kings Langley [KGL], Apsley [APS], Hemel Hempstead [HML].

    CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
    Berkhamsted Station Car Park £6.00 Sundays (other side of railway, 10 mins walk away from meeting place) or St John's Well Lane car park, HP4 1HA £4.00 Sundays (12 mins walk away). It may be possible to park in nearby streets if there is no waiting restriction Sundays but space is limited.

    CAR SHARING:
    If you would like a lift, please post a comment on this event on Meetup.

    • What to bring

    Most of the route is on public footpaths that may be slippery, muddy or stony in places. You need adequate hiking boots with thick soles and good grip. You also need a warm jacket for winter, an extra layer to put on at lunch time and for other outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

    Drink is essential but a packed lunch is optional as there is a café at lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

    • Important to know

    From Jan 2021 we suggest a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant (cash or PayPal). This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group.

    There will be a mid morning stop 3 - 4 km from the start and a lunch stop at the National Trust Ashridge Visitor Centre 7 km from the start. There are toilets there (face covering required) and an outdoor café where you can buy hot drinks and snacks to eat at outdoor tables. Alternatively you can eat your own packed lunch outdoors nearby but please do not use the seating area of the café. There will be a short afternoon stop 9 km from the start.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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  • Sunday Hike, Welwyn Garden City - Coleman Green circular 9.0 mls

    Outside The Howard Centre

    Discover footpaths in the Hertfordshire countryside near Welwyn Garden City. Meet 10:00 a.m. for 10:15 start. Please note earlier than usual meeting time. Meet on the steps outside the Howard Centre shopping centre, Welwyn Garden City (see photo).

    Nearest post code AL8 6HA
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    OSGB Grid Reference: TL239139
    What 3 words: https://w3w.co/candle.quarrel.diner

    This is an informal outdoor sport or fitness activity in parks and countryside accessible to the public. Further COVID-19 safety measures are given below.

    * 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 Friday or Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    From Howard Centre via Sherrardspark Wood, Ayot Green, Brocket Park, Coleman Green (lunch stop). After lunch via Cromer Hyde, Brocket Park, Lemsford, Hertfordshire Way, Stanborough Lakes and Parkway back to Howard Centre. See map above.

    Most of the route is on public footpaths and public bridleways and some pavements. Total distance is 9.0 mls, 14.5 km.

    Sunset is at 3:56 p.m. only 5 minutes off the shortest day. We expect to finish the hike by 4:15 p.m. The last 2 km (30 mins) is in a built-up area with street lights.

    PLACES OF INTEREST:

    John Bunyan pub Coleman Green https://johnbunyanpub.co.uk/wp/

    HIKING MAP:
    We use Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182 St Albans & Hatfield.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES):
    Great Northern trains to Welwyn Garden City Station from Stevenage, London Kings Cross and all stations to Welwyn Garden City. The train station is inside the Howard Centre.

    CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
    Howard Centre car park (£1 Sundays) or nearby streets (please park considerately).

    • What to bring
    Most of the route is on public footpaths that may be slippery, muddy or stony in places. You need adequate hiking boots with thick soles and good grip. You also need a warm jacket for winter, an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket for rain. Drink bottle essential, packed lunch recommended. See also South Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

    • Important to know

    From Jan 2021 we suggest a voluntary donation of £2 for each hike for every participant (cash or PayPal). This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group.

    There will be a late morning stop in Brocket Park after 5 km. Lunch stop is after 7 km near the John Bunyan pub, Coleman Green, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8ES. Before going into the pub, please take your hiking boots off if they are muddy (mud guaranteed!). The pub may be crowded indoors but there will be plenty of room on tables outside!

    We advise you to bring a packed lunch as there will only be time to order a drink and maybe a sandwich at the pub, not a meal. There is a small public green area near John Bunyan's chimney (monument) where you can eat your packed lunch but please do not eat your own food in the pub or on tables outside the pub.

    After the hike we can get some afternoon tea at the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

  • Sunday hike, High Barnet - South Mimms - Ridge - Saffron Green circular 10.4 mls

    Discover green spaces within walking distance of Greater London. Meet 10:00 a.m. for 10:15 start. Please note earlier meeting time. Meet at the junction of Hadley Green Road and Hadley Green opposite CYMA Classic Car wash, 242 High St, Barnet EN5 5TD. Look for our Meetup sign.

    Nearest post code: EN5 5TD
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    O.S. Grid Ref: TQ245970
    What 3 words: expect.labels.field
    https://w3w.co/expect.labels.field

    This is an informal outdoor sport or fitness activity in parks and countryside accessible to the public. Further COVID-19 safety measures are given below.

    * 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 Friday or Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    Hadley Green - footpath across Old Fold Manor Golf Course - St Albans Road A1081 (pavement recently rebuilt) - Dancers Lane - Wash Lane Common (break). Continue via footpaths and a large roundabout to Ridge (lunch stop). After lunch, Packhorse Lane to Saffron Green, Arkley then Barnet. Sunset is at 4:03 p.m., the last 2 km has street lights.

    Most of the route is on public footpaths and minor roads with 1 km along the A1081 with a pavement, 600 m round a large busy roundabout with a pavement and three sliproad crossings and 290 m along a minor road with no pavement. Total distance 10.4 miles (16.75 km) with some small hills, 132 m (433 ft) of ascent and descent.

    PLACES OF INTEREST:
    Old Guinea Pub, Ridge http://www.theoldguinea.co.uk/
    Saffron Green Meadows, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron_Green_Meadows

    ONLINE MAP:
    This route was devised by South Herts Hikers. See also Wikiloc: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/high-barnet-arkley-saffron-green-ridge-loop-v1-42474776

    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:
    London Underground, Northern Line to High Barnet Station then about 15 mins walk north along High Street to Hadley Green, just past the Monken Holt pub. TfL buses 34, 107, 184, 234, 263, 307, 326 stop within 10 minutes walk of the meeting location. Metroline Bus 84/84A* from Potters Bar or St Albans passes the meeting location, nearest stop Hadley Green.

    *TfL Oyster Card is not accepted on 84/84A bus. Payment by cash or contactless.

    CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
    Car parking on the main road by the meeting location, no parking restrictions on Sundays.

    • What to bring

    Hiking boots with good grip (footpaths may be slippery or muddy in places), warm outdoor clothing and a waterproof jacket in case it rains. Drink and a packed lunch as there may not be enough time to order food at the pub at lunch time.

    • Important to know

    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. We prefer cash but you can use Paypal if you prefer.

    The path under the M25 may flood in winter but we can check it on-line before starting and if necessary, we can change the route. Mid-morning stop for 10 mins 4.3 km from the start at Wash Lane Common, near the South Mimms Services. Lunch stop for 45 mins 6.8 km from the start at Ridge where there is The Old Guinea pub, Crossoaks Lane, Ridge, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3LH. There is also a small public green space with a seat nearby where you can eat a packed lunch. We may have a 10 minute mid-afternoon stop 11.8 km from the start at Saffron Green if time permits.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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  • Sunday Hike, Potters Bar - Northaw - Bridgefoot - circular 10.3 mls

    Potters Bar Train Station

    A hike in the Hertfordshire countryside around the edge of Potters Par, mostly on public footpaths. Meet outside Potters Bar station by the bus stops. Look for our Meetup sign with two boot prints, as shown in the top left right corner of the event photo.

    Nearest post code EN6 1AJ
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    OSGB National Grid Ref. TL250014

    what2words: many.fields.oppose
    https://w3w.co/many.fields.oppose

    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 Friday or Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    A circular walk mainly in the Hertfordshire countryside with some built-up areas. From Potters Bar Station to Parkfield then Morven Park and along the Hertfordshire Way to Northaw. From Northaw to Fir Wood nature reserve then via Oakmere Park to Parkfield (lunch stop). Continue past Tesco and along Cherry Tree Lane to a recently discovered footpath that goes around the edge of fields to Baker Street. Continue via Bridgefoot Lane and a section of the Hertfordshire Way to the railway lineside path back to the station.

    The total distance is 10.3 mls (16.6 km), about 75% on footpaths that may be muddy in places and about 25% on tarmac paths. Please see the map above. We plan to finish by 16:30 or earlier. Sunset is at 16:12.

    HIKING MAP (OPTIONAL):
    O.S. Map Landranger 1:50,000 No. 166 (Luton and Hertford) or Explorer 1:25,000 No. 182 (St Albans and Hatfield).

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES):
    Great Northern rail service from London Kings Cross Finsbury Park to Potters Bar. Bus 84/84A from St Albans or Barnet, 242, 298.

    https://www.intalink.org.uk/

    PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:

    PLACES OF INTEREST:

    Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Fir and Pond Woods
    https://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/firandpondwoods

    • What to bring

    Hiking boots with good grip, outdoor clothing for weather conditions including a waterproof jacket in case it rains. Drink and packed lunch essential as we are not visiting a pub 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 10 minute mid-morning stop at Fir Wood, 5 km from the start then an outdoor lunch stop at Parkfield, 8 km from the start. If it is raining, we can continue to Tesco nearby where there are some benches outside the store under cover.

    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. We prefer cash but you can use Paypal if you prefer.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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  • Saturday Hike, Cuffley & Autumn colours in Northaw Great Wood circular - 8.5 mls

    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
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    O.S. Grid Ref: TL307028
    What3Words: earth.risky.bike https://w3w.co/earth.risky.bike

    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.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    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.

    We recommend:

    * 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.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    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/

    HIKING MAP:
    O.S. 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182 St Albans & Hatfield and Sheet 174, Epping Forest and Lee Valley.

    ONLINE MAP:

    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.

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  • Sunday Hike - Welwyn North, Tewin, Burnham Green circular, 8 mls

    Welwyn North Station

    A Sunday hike in the Hertfordshire Countryside including Tewin, Bull's Green, Burnham Green and Harmer Green.

    Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 start outside the main entrance to Welwyn North Railway Station (not Welwyn Garden City), Harmer Green Lane, Welwyn AL6 0AS, opposite the junction with Adele Avenue. Look for our Meetup sign (see above).

    Nearest post code: AL6 0AS
    OSGB National Grid Ref. TL247154
    Lat,Long (WGS84)[masked],[masked]
    What3Words https://w3w.co/prom.kicked.issues

    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 Friday or Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    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 or if you go into a pub at lunch time, you will need a face covering.

    We recommend:

    * 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.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    A circular hike in the Hertfordshire countryside. From Welwyn North Station, Tewin, Tewin Wood, Nicholson's Wood, Bull's Green (lunch stop), Burnham Green, Harmer Green and back to Welwyn North Station. Total distance 8 miles (12.9 km) with some hills, 160 metres (525 ft) uphill and downhill, mostly on footpaths that may be muddy in places. Please see map above. We plan to finish by 16:30 or earlier.

    HIKING MAP:
    Optional, O.S. Map Landranger 1:50,000 No. 166 (Luton and Hertford) or Explorer 1:25,000 No. 182 (St Albans and Hatfield).

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES):
    Great Northern rail service from London Kings Cross, Potters Bar, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Cambridge, etc. to Welwyn North (WLW). On Sunday mornings, there is an hourly service Northbound and a half hourly service Southbound.

    A northbound train arrives at 10:35. Please let us know if you plan to travel on this train and we shall wait for you.

    PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
    Welwyn North Station car park or park in nearby streets (please park considerately).

    PLACES OF INTEREST:
    Digswell Viaduct https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digswell_Viaduct
    The Horns Pub, 82 Bramfield Road, Bulls Green, Datchworth, Knebworth, SG3 6RZ http://www.thehornsdatchworth.co.uk/

    • What to bring

    Hiking boots with good grip, outdoor clothing for weather conditions including a sun hat and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

    Drink essential, packed lunch recommended as there may not be enough time for everyone to buy food at the pub. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

    • Important to know

    There will be a 10 minute mid morning stop at Tewin, 3 km from the start then an outdoor lunch stop on the Green at Bulls Green, 8 km from the start. Drinks and bar food are available at the Horns Pub at Bulls Green but before going into the pub, please take your boots off if they are muddy and please don't consume your own food or drink in the pub or in the pub garden.

    There will be a 10 minute mid-afternoon stop 11 km from the start.

    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.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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  • Sunday Hike Sandridge - Heartwood Forest - Wheathampstead circular - 8.3 mls

    Outside Sandridge Village Hall

    A Sunday hike in the Hertfordshire countryside, Sandridge, Heartwood Forest and Wheathampstead, mostly on public footpaths.

    Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 a.m. start in the street outside Sandridge Village Hall, 48 High Street, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DA. Look for our Meetup sign.

    Nearest post code: AL4 9DA
    Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked]
    OSGB National Grid Ref. TL169104
    What3Words: drew.films.middle https://w3w.co/drew.films.middle

    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 Friday or Saturday but if you feel unwell on the day then please do not attend.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    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 or if you go into a pub at lunch time, you will need a face covering.

    We recommend:

    * 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.

    HIKE DESCRIPTION:
    Heartwood Forest, with an area of about 857 acres (347 hectares) is the largest newly planted forest of British native tree species. From Sandridge via Heartwood Forest and Devil's Dyke to Wheathampstead (lunch stop), then Nomansland Common and Heartwood Forest back to Sandridge.

    Total distance is 8.3 mls (13.4 km), mostly on footpaths that may be muddy in places. See map above. We plan to finish by 16:00 or earlier.

    PLACES OF INTEREST:
    Heartwood Forest https://heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk/

    HIKING MAP:
    Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182, St Albans & Hatfield.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES):
    Bus or train to St Albans then from St Albans City Railway Station Bus Stop 'D', take Uno bus 357 at 09:20 to Sandridge Village Hall arriving 09:33.

    From Redbourn or Harpenden take Uno Bus 357 to Sandridge Village Hall, arriving 10:36. Please let us know if you plan to travel on this bus and we shall wait for you.

    https://www.unobus.info/services/hertfordshire/357/

    CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION:
    Sandridge High Street Car Park (may be free) or nearby streets (please park considerately)

    • What to bring

    Hiking boots with good grip, outdoor clothing for weather conditions including a sun hat and a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

    Drink and packed lunch as you may not be able to buy any food lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/

    • Important to know

    Mid-morning stop (10 mins) 3 km from the start, lunch stop (60 mins) 7 km from the start in Wheathamstead. Charlie's Coffee Store is closed until 13/10/2021 and reservations are required at the nearby pub so we recommend a packed lunch to eat outdoors. There is a small public green area opposite the café and there are public toilets at East Lane Car Park in Wheathampstead. Before going into a pub or café, please take your boots off or cover them and please do not consume your own food or drink on their premises.

    There will be a 10 minute mid-afternoon stop 10 km from the start.

    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.

    For our policy on dogs on our hikes, please see our FAQ page, http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/

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