Coronavirus / Covid-19
Following recent changes in government advice regarding Covid-19 to avoid all non-essential travel and maintain social distancing, all walks and other activities are cancelled until further notice.
We will continue to review the situation in line with guidance issued by the government. Further information can be found here, and will be udpated in due course.
A circular walk of 11.7 miles (18.8km) starting at Mardley Heath and visiting Woolmer Green, Datchworth, south Stevenage, Knebworth Park and Rableyheath.
The walk features at least eight places of worship ranging from Anglican to Evangelical and Coptic Orthodox to New Testament Church of God, as well as a crematorium building. We will also see Stevenage Brook and its surrounding marsh, a number of woodlands, Mardley Heath nature reserve and Knebworth Park, which includes Knebworth House, a cenotaph and several deer if we are lucky. 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.
There is also an opportunity to look at Shephalbury Manor (1864) and 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, road, arable field, grassland and woodland. There are no stiles. Anticipate mud. Bring packed lunch, drinking water and something to sit on. Wear sturdy boots. Optional pub lunch at the end of the walk, a short distance from the car park.
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