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: 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…

THE NICKEY LINE………. and more

I was looking for a walk that would not be too wet underfoot and as with my recent walk around the St Albans Green Ring, I found a route taking in an old railway line which proved to be a great idea. The seven mile Nickey line runs between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden.  It is fairly…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Broxbourne to Hertford

Cold, proud, noisy geese peppered our route along this section of the Hertfordshire Way from Broxbourne to Hertford.  I always find it difficult to rouse myself from the January post-Christmas festive slump and get out walking and it was indeed fortuitous that this section coincided with a perfect winter’s walk. The day felt forlorn, melancholy…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Cuffley to Broxbourne

There was something rather magical about this twelve mile section of The Hertfordshire Way from Cuffley to Broxbourne. The crops had been harvested and the fields had that freshly ploughed orderliness that I so love; the leaves were beginning to turn their rich regal shades of crimson and gold; sloes were dripping from the hedgerows…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Shenley to Cuffley

We were blessed with a glorious late summer’s day for this varied section of the Hertfordshire Way between Shenley and Cuffley. It needs to be recorded here that during our chattering this day we made plans for our 100th birthday challenge.  We are to meet on Weymouth Beach (where else!) in the year 2059, long skirts…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Kings Langley to Shenley

This section of the Hertfordshire Way from Kings Langley to Shenley proved to be a day of contrasts:  sunshine and rain; motorways and hidden corners of serenity; littered scrubland and panoramic vistas of unspoilt English countryside. Unprompted A and I both automatically burst into a rendition of “We are the Ovaltinees, little girls and boys”…