We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Currenly walks in England can restart from the 29th of March. 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 are not currently able to restart.
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A circular walk of 11.5 miles (18.5km) starting at Mardley Heath and visiting Woolmer Green, Datchworth, south Stevenage, Knebworth Park and Rableyheath.
The walk features:
- seven places of worship ranging from Anglican to Evangelical to New Testament Church of God;
- Stevenage Brook and its surrounding marsh;
- a number of woodlands;
- Mardley Heath nature reserve;
- Knebworth Park, which includes Knebworth House, a cenotaph and several deer if we are lucky;
- the now-hidden village of Shephall;
Mardley Heath was common land in the Middle Ages and in the mid-20th century it was used for gravel extraction; today it is used for public recreation and owned by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
The now-hidden village of Shephall, which was engulfed by Stevenage when it became a New Town in 1946 but still maintains its village feel, plus the former hamlet of Broadwater with an old inn and a farmhouse still surviving.
The route ranges in elevation from 71m to 145m. Terrain includes pavement, roadside, arable field, grassland and woodland. There are no stiles. Anticipate mud. Bring packed lunch, drinking water and something to sit on. Wear sturdy boots. Pubs are still closed under lockdown orders.
Following a risk assessment of the event in line with the GOC's Covid Secure Policy, we are pleased to confirm that this event can be run as a single event. The route permits safe temporary dividing of the group into sub-groups of six and there will be times where we would need to walk single-file, either for road safety or to permit space for other users of the footpath. You must bring a face covering to mitigate the risk of being within two metres of somebody outside of your household/support bubble.
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