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Challenge: Wheathampstead, Upper Lea Valley and Ayot Greenway 15 miles (7/8)


Event Details


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General information

Challenge walk. 15 mile circular walk split in 2 parts. (7 and 8 miles)

Part 1: from the pre-roman waterside village of  Wheathampstead dubbed the "First Capital" due to a timeline going back 10,000 years. We will enter Devils Dyke and imagine Julius Caesar and the Romans fighting for control. We will continue through small woodland on arriving at Colemans Green and the John Bunyan Chimney (one of the many Preaching spots dotted around Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire) before joining a drover's lane to Cromer Hyde. Here we will turn and enter the Brocket Hall Estate (36 hole golf course) and magnificent scenery used in several tv/film sets. We will then walk alongside the tranquil Upper Lea Valley to Wheathampstead.

Lunch will be at Wheathampstead Mead next to the River Lea.

Part 2: We will pay a short visit to Wheathampstead Station and join George Bernard Shaw for a photo opportunity. Then we will have a slow climb to Lamer House and the avenue of trees to Ayot St.Lawrence with it's palladian Greek style church and sweeping views toward Kimpton. On returning, we will enter the magnificent Ayot Montfichet property before joining the old Victorian Railway "Ayot Greenway" back to Wheathampstead.

The elevation throughout walk is between 80 to 170 metres. Only 1 short sharp descent with hand rail.

 

 

 

 

Terrain / Difficulty

rolling hills, footpaths, bridleways, country lanes & farm tracks

Approximate Distance

15 miles

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