Event led by John T
Attendance: 12 men
Distance: 10.6 miles (17.1 km)
Time: start 11:13, end 16:00, lunch 35 minutes
Terrain: grass, track, road, pavement, gravel, tarmac
Elevation: start 59m, high 91m, low 39m
Weather: dry, overcast and warm throughout, some sunny spells, very little wind
Number of sewage works on the walk: 2
Number of golf courses on the walk: 0
Number of churches on the walk: 1
Number of listed buildings on the walk: 9
This was a 10.6 mile circular walk from Letchworth Standalone Farm, SW to Ickleford, N to Arlesey then SE to Fairfield and to Letchworth.
The route comprised farmland and town. Features included:
a section of the River Hiz (pron “Hitch” - the “z” originates from the Romans' desire to denote the “ch” sound);
long views N towards Biggleswade, noticeable for its wind farm;
glorious long views over the Blue Lagoon SW and NW, with the continuous rolling of the Chiltern Range in the SW aspect;
a section of Pix Brook.
Pictures, with captions.
Links relating to some pictures.
The Blue Lagoon.
On the day, the group decided not to visit the Green Lagoon.
Church of St Katherine, Ickleford, Grade I listed
The former Fairfield Hospital, Grade II listed
The Blue Lagoon, and its smaller sister the Green Lagoon, are both holes in the ground created by the clay brick industry, both now filled with water. The brick industry here ceased in 1992.
Today, the Green Lagoon hosts fishing and the Blue Lagoon hosts boating/sailing.
The Blue Lagoon is also occasionally used for the storage of decapitated human bodies, as in the case of Michael Gilbert, whose body was found in the Lagoon in 2009. The courts found Mr Gilbert’s family guilty of murder (in various forms). The wiki page sets out the full story.
Pictures by Peter O’Connor. Words by Martin Thornhill.