Digswell to Knebworth
Poor weather forced the cancellation of this walk
St Albans to Harpenden
This was one of those winter walks when everything went right … well, almost! We welcomed two walkers new to the Group, the trains ran on time, the walk was expertly led, the pub lunch stop was a model of efficiency, the muddy paths along which we walked were not that slippery (although heavy on the boots by the end) … but if only the weather had been a bit brighter!
From St Albans City station we walked to the city centre along a road characterised by some rather dull red brick churches until we reached the Market Place and then along French Row to the Abbey for a photo opportunity, although Romeo refused to co-operate!
This is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain, architecturally a fascinating melange of styles.
Leaving the city through Verulamium Park, we walked past the museum and through the churchyard of the Anglo-Saxon St Michael’s Church on to the Hertfordshire Way. The walk took us alongside the River Ver, through the Gorehambury Estate, after a brief stop at the sluice house, passing a couple of splendidly maintained mill buildings … and a indication of a darker side of rural life – notices warning that the area was subject to police patrols to prevent illegal hare-coursing and poaching.
At the hamlet of Redbournbury we stopped briefly to admire the fully functional water-mill, before it was time to take off our muddy boots and enjoy our lunch at The Cricketers on the village green at Redbourn. Resuming our walk, we headed off across countryside towards Harpenden, crossing Harpenden Common to arrive at Harpenden Station, and our train back to London.