All walks start at 10am unless otherwise stated and are generally finished by 4pm. Most of the walks are within Hertfordshire but from time to time we stray into one of our neighbouring counties. The current walks programme is given below. Although we usually try to include a pub stop for lunch, and the walk leader will have checked it out beforehand, it does happen that pubs change hands, so we can not guarantee that the chosen pubs will still be serving food by the time of the walk. We include details of the lunchtime stop, so that anyone who doesn't want to walk the full distance can either join or leave the main group at lunchtime.
All are welcome on these walks (but no dogs please) and we would recommend that you join The Friends in order to be covered by our group insurance
Children and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
As these walks are planned several months in advance and there could be a late change it is suggested that walkers contact the leader closer to the scheduled date.
Please remember: whenever you have to leave your car in a residential area, park it with due consideration for those who live there.
Hertfordshire Way Linear Walks
For those of you who have not walked any of the legs of the Hertfordshire Way or simply want to revisit them, David and Thelma Kealey organise separate walks which are included in this programme. These walks are in addition to our regular monthly walks and only take place during the summer months. As these require some co-ordinating to arrange car-share and car-shuffling, you need to contact Thelma and David if you intend to take part and you will need to be a member of The Friends so we can use your email for contact (GDPR requirement)
Meet at Farringdon Station and we will explore Hatton garden, Clerkenwell, Smithfield and the London wall. The walk will start at 10.45 to enable use of cheap day return tickets. Contact David and Thelma Keeley 01727 867365
An 11.2 mile figure of 8 walk from The Plume of Feathers Ickleford SG5 3YD, TL182315. Morning 6.5 miles heading west towards Pirton via Oughton Common and return. Afternoon 4.7 miles heading north back via Ickleford Common. Contact Ken Osborne 07793 366170
An 11 mile figure of 8 walk starting from The Half Moon, 60 Tring Road, Wilstone HP23 4PD, SP904141. Extra parking in Village Hall CP 100m north of pub. Pre-order lunch before setting out.
7 miles level walking in the morning, partly alongside canals and reservoirs, via Drayton Beauchamp, Tring Wharf, Marsworth and back via the Grand Union Canal towpath to the pub in Wilstone. Afternoon a 4 mile loop heading north towards Long Marston, returning partly on the Aylesbury Ring FP.
Contact John Fletcher 07951 916023.
Welwyn Garden City Centenary walk.
A circular route around Welwyn Garden City. 12 miles long. Meet at Mill Green Lane, Hatfield AL9 5NY, TL240098. 6.7 miles in the morning and 5.3 miles in the afternoon. Lunch will be at The Cowper arms in Digswell. Menu choices can be made before we leave to assist the restaurant. For those who wish to return to their cars after lunch a train ticket from Welwyn North to WGC is under £2 and there are buses serving Mill Green Lane from WGC Bus station.
Contact Cliff Wilson Tel 07778 810639.
Stevenage Walking Festival.
A 12 mile figure of 8 walk from The White Lion Walkern SG2 7PA TL289264. 6.5 miles in the morning heading towards Ardeley, Benington and back via the River Beane. Lunch at the pub. 5.5 miles in the afternoon heading towards Halls Green, Great Ashby and return.
Contact Ken Osborne 07793 366170
Meet at Chipperfield Common TL044015 WD4 9BS. Circular walk 12 miles mainly on Leg 7. Morning 7 miles - fields, woods & canal to Bourne End for Lunch. Afternoon 5 miles via Bovingdon.
Contact Roger Bangs. 01923 720143
Leg 10 (clockwise) Hertford to Cuffley 12.6 miles. Details of arrangements will be sent to members on the linear walk list approximately one week before the walk.
An 11 mile figure of 8 walk. The morning walk of 6.5 miles will go to the Lea Valley with a coffee break at Amwell Church. The afternoon walk of 4.5 miles will head west returning through Balls Park Wood.
Meet at The Goat, Hertford Heath, Hertford SG13 7RT TL351117 for a 10.00am departure.
Contact Ian Hirst 07792 070392
Leg 9 (clockwise) Cuffley to Shenley 11.5 miles. Details of arrangements will be sent to members on the linear walk list approximately one week before the walk.
Figure of 8 walk from The Robin Hood and Little John at Tonwell SG12 0HN, TL334171. 7 miles am. 4 miles pm . Meet at pub at 09.45 to order and pay for lunch before setting out. Afternoon walk starts at 2 pm.
Contact Ian Whinnett 07763 703170
Cambridge. Very slow 3.5 mile walk around the parks, the Backs and River Cam to include a visit to the Botanic Gardens (entrance fee.) Followed by a late lunch with the crowd or a venue of your own choice. Meet 10.00am at Trumpington Park and Ride found near to the junction of the A10 and the M11 GR 544441. Meet at the bus stop. If you wish to arrive by train meet at the Botanic Gardens at about 10.30 am. Contact Bert Richardson 01763 244509
An 11 mile circular walk from Lilley to Streatley and return. Meet opposite The Lilley Arms LU2 8LN. TL118264.
6.5 miles in morning and 4.5 miles in the afternoon. Bring your picnic lunch, drinks available at The Chequers at Streatley. Contact Bruce Burtenshaw 01707 322013 or 07849 365664.