Cheshunt

WALKS - MORNING

Rob Scott - 01992 445288
email familyscott@ntlworld.com

Our next walk will be at 10am on Tuesday 5th February from The White Lion, 31 High Street, Walkern, Stevenage, SG2 7PA. It will be a 6 mile circular walk, going via St Mary’s Church, Walkern Bury Farm, Bassus Green, Walkern Hall, Benington, crossing the River Beane and back through the village of Walkern. St Mary’s Church is the oldest church in Hertfordshire and has a Saxon wall and at the entrance to the chancel there is a once magnificent twelve foot high 15th century oak screen. Beside Walkern Bury Farm is the site of a Ring and Bailey, while at Benington is the remains of a castle (in the grounds of the Lordship) which is famous for snowdrops in the springtime. The River Beane is suffering now from water abstraction and is almost completely dry in several places. At the southern end of Walkern is the now beautiful flour mill with ‘CD Pearman 1881’ painted on the wall; it was fortunately converted into apartments a few years ago, thus preventing it from collapse. There are several historical plaques around the village, which are well worth reading, but Walkern was the home of Jane Wenham, who in 1712 was the last woman in England to be convicted of witchcraft and condemned to death - although the sentence was not carried out. She subsequently died in 1730 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Hertingfordbury.

If travelling from Cheshunt, take the A10 north to Ware and then turn left on to the A602 (signed Stevenage) for 3.5 miles. Where the road bends left, turn right for Benington which is 3.5 miles further on. Bear right on to Walkern Road at the triangle of roads (by the village green) and after a further 1.5 miles turn right on to another minor road into Walkern. The White Lion is on the right hand site of the road after almost a mile.
For any problems on getting to the start please call me on 07594427190. Gary the landlord says we can park in his car park (if we are stopping for lunch) and he will be open from 9.30am so we can place our lunch order.

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JAMUARY 2019

We had twenty walkers out on the first walk of the year in what was almost a summers day, with our resident photographer snapping us beside a Henry Moore sculpture. The landlord of the Hoops gave 19 of us a very good lunch at the end of a fine walk.

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DECEMBER 2018
December’s walk proved to be wetter than I had anticipated, but the 37 walkers generally coped with it well although there were some mutterings going over the last waterlogged field (but what can you expect in winter)? 34 of us sat down to a fantastic Christmas dinner in the Bull afterwards (organised by Marilyn). The food and service were second to none, although Malcolm almost wore Steve’s coffee when I recounted the tale of a female friend’s cycling pleasures - we may see an increase in numbers of ladies in the cycling group in future.

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NOVEMBER 2018
Wow, what happened on the last walk? We had 40 walkers out, which was a record for us - someone must be spreading the benefits of walking and the beauty of Hertfordshire; or could it be the leader.

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OCTOBER 2018
It was great to have two dozen walkers out in October and we enjoyed some wonderful panoramas over the surrounding countryside. More than a dozen of us stopped for a well deserved lunch in The Fox afterwards to round it off. Thank you!

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SEPTEMBER 2018
We had 19 walkers out for the lovely sunny walk in September - it was balm to the soul. Unfortunately, The Boot public house didn’t open until the evening, so 11 of us drove a couple of miles into Watton at Stone, where we enjoyed lunch in the Bull instead.

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AUGUST 2018
21 members turned out for the August walk, which was surprising, as it was extremely hot - so hot indeed, that when we stopped for our photograph in front of the Henry Moore sculpture entitled ‘Large Figure in a Shelter’, we could have fried bacon as well as an egg on the bronze. A dozen of us went across to The Bull for lunch afterwards.

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JULY 2018
We had 22 walkers out on the July walk and it was good to see another new face - Martin, although I hope he doesn’t think I always go wrong on my walks. Unfortunately, the Candlestick where we started from, was closed, so 17 of us drove to the Five Horseshoes in Little Berkhampsted, where we were all treated to a lovely lunch by Marilyn to celebrate her birthday!

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JUNE 2018

We had 18 walkers out this month and it was good to see Richard Proctor join us, although he is a regular with the Walking Football and Badminton groups. We had good weather and very little mud (surprisingly). However, we didn’t get to see the memorial on Hunsdon airfield commemorating those who served and died there during the Second World War. Maybe next time.

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We only had 14 walkers out on the May walk, but were fortunate to have very sunny weather.

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APRIL 2018

There were 16 walkers out for the May walk and although there was quite a bit of ground water lying about, the mud wasn’t too bad. There were no fallers this time - just spattered trousers. 10 of us drove to Watton at Stone for a good lunch in the Bull afterwards.

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MARCH 2018
We had a fantastic number of 23 walkers on the March walk and although a little claggy in places, the weather was good and the company superb!

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JANUARY 2018
We had 15 walkers out on the February ramble, which proved to be rather cold and windy and after our coffee stop, we encountered the usual rain. But ten of us warmed up over lunch in the White Hart in Puckeridge to round off a good walk.

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DECEMBER 2017
Well, what can we say about December’s walk, other than the words from the Flanders and Swann song ‘The Hippopotamus’ Mud, mud, glories mud! Let us say it was somewhat claggy; but those who fell were soon pristine again with borrowed trousers and an unusual use of a rather large scarf. Twenty six of us sat down to a fine Christmas meal at the Bull, organised by Marilyn, but I think this walk (around Cottered) will have to be consigned to the summer months in future.

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NOVEMBER 2017
We had 23 walkers out on the November walk, with two new faces from Lee Valley U3A, which was good to see. One of them - Eddie Cordina - later sent me a very nice email thanking everyone for making them so welcome. The Star, opposite the church, opened up early for us at short notice and 18 of the walkers had a very good lunch there afterwards.

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OCTOBER 2017
We had 21 members on our walk in October and it was good to see some new faces to swell the ranks. 10 of us spent a relaxing time over lunch in the garden of the Baker Arms afterwards.

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SEPTEMBER
September’s walk (led by Malcolm and Steve G), went very well with 18 members walking a circular route of some 6.5 miles from Hertford Heath including Great Amwell, the New River, Haileybury School and part of The Heath Nature reserve. There were some interesting facts ( and fiction !) relayed on the way and 14 members enjoyed a lunch at The Goat Public House at Hertford Heath back where we started.

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JULY 2017

We had 17 walkers on the July walk from Bennington, with 13 staying for the Caribbean lunch at The Bell. The landlord opened specially for us and couldn’t have been more obliging and attentive and I think we would all recommend it to others (Eat Your Way Around The World Group) perhaps?

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JUNE 2017
I obviously planned the June walk a week too soon, as there were only 8 stalwart walkers who braved the rain through the woodlands. Due to the inclement conditions and dampness of clothing, the walk was cut down to about 4 miles, with all walkers going to the Woodman and Olive pub at Wormley West End for a Greek style lunch afterwards .

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MAY 2017

Our intrepid walkers

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APRIL 2017

We had 17 walkers out on the April walk and although our leader got a little confused with finding the start, we eventually had a good walk in the Spring sunshine. It was good to see Frank for the first time and hope that he wasn’t put off by the poor beginning.

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MARCH 2017

Queuing for the village toilet? New recruit

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DECEMBER 2016

We had 27 walkers out for the last walk of 2016, and although it was somewhat misty through the woods of Whitewebbs, Hilly Fields and Forty Hall, everyone enjoyed it. We then went into the Toby Carvery in Whitewebbs for our Christmas lunch. Enough said!

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OCTOBER 2016

We had a wonderful day for October's walk and 16 of us set out from Pick Hill, Upshire, but after almost half way into the walk, we were confronted by ankle wrecking ploughed fields and it was thought to be more prudent to go back the way we had come instead. However, reversing still proved to be a good walk.

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SEPTEMBER WALK

Can you spot the water tower

----- The September walk took place on the hottest September day for over 100 years! Fortunately, there was plenty of shade and the 12 walkers thoroughly enjoyed it, although some had to top up their liquid intake in the Nags Head afterwards. Over there -----

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AUGUST WALK

Even though we had a cracking day for the August walk, there were only 9 people on it, so I guess it must be the holiday season or my poor deodorant for lack of numbers.

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JULY WALK

Due to the inclement weather, numbers were somewhat down for the July walk and then the down-pour just approaching lunch-time, put paid to eating in the garden.

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JUNE WALK

----- We had 16 walkers out on the June walk and although I took an incorrect footpath on one occasion, it allowed us to remain in the cool of the woods for a little longer, as the morning was wonderfully hot. The countryside around Dane End is really beautiful and deserves to be walked again.

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MAY WALK

----- I think the promise of rain put a lot of people off from coming on the May walk from Puckeridge, but that promise was all 'pie in the sky' and 13 of us had an excellent sunny walk through the fields, with a spectacular photo stop in a bluebell wood. Hopefully Steve will get it on to the website. The added joy for some, was that the water tower was still in evidence.

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APRIL WALK

Osprey Lake

We had 15 walkers out on the April walk and it was good to welcome a new face - Arthur Southwell. The morning was somewhat overcast and maybe this kept numbers down. However, we saw plenty of Bluebells and other Spring flowers as well as hearing the first cuckoo of the year and seeing a number of birds of prey.

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MARCH WALK

----- Pictures from yesterdays (1st March) morning walk. Part of the walk took us past The Henry Moore Foundation. Too good an opportunity not to take some photos. As you can see it was a nice dry day.
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JANUARY WALK

We had 21 members out for the first walk of 2016 and as I had changed the route slightly, it was a lot firmer under foot for most of the way. It was a case of sods law, however, when there was no camera around to capture George slipping on the sloping path and emerging with a somewhat muddy face. A few 'wet wipes' got him back to his normal pristine self again, with no ill effects. Sorry, but as our cameraman was missing, we have no picture for our album.

DECEMBER WALK

We had 23 walkers out for the December walk , which proved to be a very mild day - if a little wet on some of the footpaths; the ankle deep water didn't discourage us though. We were joined at the Bull by Steve G, where we had the initial Christmas dinner of the season - a very good introduction to excess eating. Thanks to Marilyn for organising it.

NOVEMBER WALK -----

Well……..what can we say about the November walk? Possibly "Does anyone know the way to Great Munden?" or "Is that the 2nd or 3rd time we've seen that water tower?" However, I hope the 22 people who went on the November walk enjoyed the 6 miles in our Hertfordshire countryside, although I would stress to the four new walkers who came along that missing the correct footpaths does not usually happen, and I am always available for private map-reading courses for any budding walk leader. Seriously though, leading a new walk for the first time is daunting if you haven't researched it before and haven't a compass to hand. At least I'll have that walk to re-do for you in 2016; it's really good!

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We had 20 walkers out on the September walk and almost that number came back to our garden for lunch, bringing with them wine, flowers, a plant, biscuits, chocolates etc which were very much appreciated. There was a very slight smattering of rain during the lunch, but nothing to worry we non-fair weather walkers. They can be seen on the front of the website just after setting off and a second picture in our garden appears under the 'group' section.

AUGUST WALK

The August walk was on a dry and sunny day, with 19 walkers out enjoying the lovely countryside around Watton at Stone (those with Sat Nav gismos, proved that my 6.25 miles was in fact a little over 7 miles).

JULY WALK

We had 19 members out on the July walk, but because of the poor weather forecast, I had to postpone the garden party until September, so watch this space!

JUNE WALK

The dozen walkers on the 'Flaming' June walk missed out on the sunshine, although it was warm enough for shirt sleeves and shorts to be the order of the day for some. You will be glad to know that 2015 is the Hertfordshire Year of Walking - so some of us are doing the right thing!

MAY WALK

We had 18 members out for our May walk and as it was warm and sunny, a number of white legs re-appeared in shorts; what a welcome sight!

APRIL WALK

We had a cracker of a day for the walk in April with 19 people out enjoying the wonderful sunny weather, while 10 stayed for lunch at the White Horse at the end of it.

The March Walk

We had 16 members on the March walk and although the weather was very kind to us, I think we all found it hard going with the amount of mud on the route.

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Walks in Hertfordshire

Cheshunt U3A have recently been contacted by John Harris a local man who has recommended the Walking in Hertfordshire website. It covers walks throughout England but has many local walks included. To download a walk make sure you have Adobe Reader, if not this is available as a Download on the same website page. Once you click on a walk, if it doesn’t open it seems better not to Save the documents but to click Open then save from there or just print out the walk.

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