We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Currenly walks in England can take place. Walks in Scotland may take place with a maximum of 15 participants, but all participants (and walks) must stay within their own local authority area. Walks in Wales will restart from the 26th of April, with a maximum of 30 participants.
This circular walk of 11 miles will take us from Hertford to Panshanger Park where among the many species of mammals, birds and insects that live in the park, we may be lucky enough to see the Longhorn cattle as featured on BBC Countryfile on Easter Sunday 2019. We will be taking the Oak Trail to visit the Panshanger Great Oak which is thought to be about 500 years old. If Mother Nature knows we are coming she may lay out a carpet of Bluebells specially for us! We will see the remains of the Orangery and the site of the old Panshanger House from where we can enjoy the stunning Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton created landscapes.
On leaving the Oak Trail we will take one of the new paths which runs close to the River Mimram, one of Hertfordshire’s best chalk streams and home to water voles, otters kingfishers, damselfly, dragonfly and many other species. We will then cross under the A414 and head towards the old village of Cole Green where there will be a stop on the green for lunch.
After our break we will head off to the Cole Green Way, a walk along the disused railway line which, until June 1951, carried passengers between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford. The line eventually closed to goods traffic in 1962 and the track was lifted soon after.
Whilst walking along the route of the old railway line we will see the ghostly remains of the Cole Green Station platform (which is nearer Letty Green) and later we will pass through what was Hertingfordbury Station although little of it now remains.
Once back in Hertford we will pass Hertford Town Football Club and make our way to Hertford Castle where we should see more wildlife on the River Lea. From here we will pass St. Andrews Church where some of the oldest gravestones form part of the boundary wall.
At the end of the walk there will be the opportunity for those that want to chill out over a pint (or two!) to visit a local pub and, if the weather is fine, sit outside beside the River Lea.
Terrain / Difficulty
This is an easy/moderate walk with some uphill sections. There are no stiles or fences to climb over but there is at least one set of steps and, unless it has been very dry, you can expect an occasional dose of mud!