THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Codicote to St Albans

Well, we never expected a gap of one year and a month between our penultimate leg of the Hertfordshire Way until its completion.  A combination of family responsibilities, illnesses, injuries, weather and coronavirus intervened before we were able to set off on our socially distanced walk from Codicote to St Albans to finish the approximately…

THE NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL (3) Barton – Pegsdon

The North Chiltern Trail – Barton – Pegsdon The weather forecast was good for the first part of the morning giving me a chance to complete the next section of the North Chiltern Trail. A steep climb out of the village of Barton-le-clay bought me quickly out of the stick in the mud, stubborn, clay…

NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL – Leg 2: Streatley to Barton-le-Clay

The North Chiltern Trail Leg 2:  Streatley to Barton-le-clay What a magical experience walking the second leg of the North Chiltern Trail proved to be.  Yes, It took me to “my world of dreams so far away”.* Few words are necessary. I will let the views  convey the glorious, early descent into Autumnal exuberance of…

NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL – Leg 1: Lilley to Streatley

The North Chiltern Trail – Leg 1 I have walked so many byways in this area over so many years now – why had I not come across The North Chiltern Trail?!  It puts together most of the area I have already explored into a disciplined order ripe for my re-discovery.  LHD * dropped me…

In the Time of the Skylark – Celebration (9)

21 May 2020   My Dearest Boy, What glorious weather we are having and what a special birthday I had!  I did not wake up to the magnificent view of Katerina de Aragon’s Alhambra; nor did I fill my cup with the sensous fragrance of Giverney; nor even did I walk again that old familiar…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Little Wymondley to Codicote

  On a morning in early August 2019, A and I began the penultimate leg of our 60th Birthday Pilgrimage along the Hertfordshire Way. We had completed the last leg at Little Wymondley but having considered the busyness of the A602 and following the guidebook’s suggestion we asked the long-suffering Red Hyundai driver to drop…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Wallington to Little Wymondley

In March 2016, my friend and I set out to walk the Hertfordshire Way in sections hoping to complete the entire route by the time of our 60th birthdays.  Today on our antepenultimate (thank you, Mr Lucas!) leg we celebrated my Sixtieth, discussing the passing of time referencing dandelion clocks, the privilege of being Nanas…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Royston to Wallington

The temperature was already in the early 20s as we set out from Royston on Easter Saturday on the next leg of our Hertfordshire Way 60th Birthday Pilgrimage.  We began at the Royse Stone, standing at the crossing point of the Icknield Way and Ermine Street and soon left the bustling town centre and found…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Hare Street to Royston

Two years and three weeks since we started our 60th Birthday Pilgrimage along the Hertfordshire Way we are reaching the North  Eastern corner and beginning our journey back to our starting place in St Albans.  Each section of the trail has been different and rewarding in its own way and today’s 13 mile stretch from…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Bishop’s Stortford to Hare Street

The Hertfordshire Way – Bishop’s Stortford to Hare Street:  The one where we got lost – and again and again and again! Leaving Tesco’s Car Park on the outskirts of Bishop’s Stortford we soon found ourselves in the open countryside and came across a sign showing us where the Herts Way had been diverted.  We…