Kings Langley to Elstree

Kings Langley to Elstree

We had naturally assumed that all the members of this Longer Walks Group would have travelled together on the train to our Hertfordshire starting point. Hopes were dashed by an incident involving a smoky Northern Line train at Kentish Town (or the latest instalment in Janet and Michael’s big adventure) … The walk was described as easy and gentle, starting in Kings Langley and following the Hertfordshire Way, in an anti-clockwise direction for much of its length, crossing the M25 and the M1. Much of the walk crossed exposed farmland, the muddy terrain of which presented quite a challenge : the bridge over the River Colne was particularly treacherous.

The walk took us past (in the distance) the former art deco Ovaltine factory (evoking cosy evenings with malted milky drinks for a good night’s sleep), independent schools, a building research establishment, and an early ninetenth century house at Wall Hall built in the Gothick style.

The pick of the villages was Aldenham, with a fine parish church with a characteristic Hertfordshire spike, and a large green bordered on three sides by white painted Arts & Crafts houses.

At Bricket Wood, we crossed the Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and shortly after passed through the Munden Estate. We stopped for lunch at Round Bush village pub, adjacent to a range of almshouses mostly obscured by vegetation, and little else. After lunch the weather deteriorated, and after we left the Hertfordshire Way, we quickened our pace along suburban streets in the drizzle and fading light to Elstree & Borehamwood Station for the train back home. Anyone for Horlicks?

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