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North Mymms Way

The Longer Walks Group programme for 2021 got underway with yet another ‘return from lockdown’ walk. This time it was a 10-mile circular walk from Welham Green station following the North Mymms Way and completed in beautiful spring sun-shine.
 
After a mercifully brief walk through the Welham Green trading estate, we followed bridle paths which headed westwards towards the A1(M). Crossing the motorway by a relatively un-used bridge, we entered an area of arable land that led eventually to North Mymms Park.
 
Described in advertising as “Hertfordshire’s hidden gem”, North Mymms Park is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Mansion in a parkland setting. The parkland at this time of year being densely populated by flocks of ewes and their recent offspring. After crossing St Mary’s Churchyard, the group headed south, walking through Hawkshead Wood and Mymmshall Wood to cross the A1(M) once again.


 
We were now entering land owned and managed by the Royal Veterinary College, the path skirting the college boundaries to reach the main rail line at Brookmans Park. From here we continued our walk along Hawkshead Lane and across fields to enter Gobions Wood, which with its spring carpet of wood anemones, was resplendent in the sunshine. Not so the following brief road section through a very affluent part of Brookmans Park, where a number of crimes against architecture had been recently committed. However, we soon left this terrible scene behind us before we returned to woodland and pasture for the final section back to Welham Green.