Walk to the Abbey (Linear)

Sat 13th Jan 2018

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
19ml.
Start Time
09.08
Route
Meet Radlett station 09.08 (8.30 Blackfriars, 8.40 St Pancras). Buy returns to St. Albans City which is 1 stop up the line from Radlett

Linear walk from Radlett to St. Albans City. Exploring the Hertfordshire way and Colne/Ver valley

General Notes
Lunch at the Crooked Billet Colney Heath
Finish

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Walk Report

Walk to the Abbey, Saturday 13th January 2018
21 walkers, 20 miles - leader Jerome Ripp
Starting at Radlett, we were soon into woodland and across fields to join the Hertfordshire Way heading east to the first of 5 Motorway crossings over the M25 near the South Mimms service station. Another fine stretch of woodland lead to the remote North Mimms church and estate park. Lunch at the Crooked Billet in Colney Heath was a very pleasant affair with huge plates of cheesy chips being shared around.
The rather grey murky weather steadily improved over the day and some blue skies appeared for the afternoon section on the Watling Chase Trail around the peaceful Willow lakes passing first a family of geese who seemed to be on their afternoon stroll and later a delightful pram train ride near the family outing farm.
Now following the rivers Colne and later Ver, we headed north to reach our destination of St. Alban's cathedral above Verulanium park, just as the sun set. Walking through the market area as it was closing lead to the only split up of the group all day but fortunately all made it by some method to the station just before 5. A most pleasant walk in such a built-up area and surprisingly no natural wastage.
Photos by Gavin Fuller

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