WALKING THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: A Sixtieth Birthday Pilgrimage



With an almost 50 year friendship behind them two “old Albanians”  will walk the 170 mile Hertfordshire Way planning to finish at St Albans Abbey in May/June 2019 to celebrate their 60th birthdays.

The 170 mile Hertfordshire Way (194 mile with additional legs………………… we will see!) is detailed in a super book edited by Bert Richardson and produced by Friends of the Hertfordshire Way.  It is conveniently set out in chunks of 11 – 15 mile legs skirting much of the County of Hertfordshire, taking in Royston to the North; Bishops Stortford and Cuffley to the East and Kings Langley to the South.  It’s Western section travels from Tring to St Albans, Northwards up towards Letchworth before returning to Royston. Many small villages and hamlets are covered en route as well as market towns and, of course the Cathedral City, where we propose to start and begin our walk.  The countryside is varied from wide open prairie-style fields, traditional farmland and woodland, river walks and hills.  We expect to pass medieval churches, Victorian industrial heritage, evidence of prehistoric sites and National Trust properties.


(Photograph of St Albans Abbey, courtesy of Alison Hipwell – with thanks)

Our adventures along the way during our almost monthly walks*  will be detailed here.  We hope that we may inspire others to put on their walking boots and get out to see some of our beautiful countryside and heritage. Any comments about our walks and adventures or the places we pass along the way are more than welcome.


“Don’t walk behind me – I may not lead;

Don’t walk in front of me – I may not follow;

Just walk beside me and be my friend”

(Albert Camus)





*We have given ourselves the leeway of a spare few months to account for unforeseen circumstances!


Here is a full index of posts on walking the Hertfordshire Way



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