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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #270 on: May 26, 2014, 10:02:34 pm »
Nice to see people using the new comment box at the foot of every walks page. It's great to have the feedback - especially if there are any errors. The latest comments have been made on Walk 32 - The Brookmans Park SW Loop. Please add any feedback to the walks you do and also any tips for other walkers. Thanks. David
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #271 on: May 31, 2014, 07:35:02 am »
Going to try to map Walk 41: The Northaw - Wildhill Loop this weekend. Starts and ends at Brookmans Park and takes in Swanley Bar, Northaw, Cuffley, Newgate Street, Wildhill, and back to Brookmans Park. Should be around 10 miles at least, although not sure. But it should be good. 
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #272 on: May 31, 2014, 08:13:56 am »
Oops, just done a basic outline (before walking it) and it comes out at 13.45 miles. That's a long one. Probably because I have added a diversion to a country pub for lunch. The map below is just a plan. I will create an accurate one with my smartphone as we walk the route and add that to the finished walk when published.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #273 on: May 31, 2014, 04:31:20 pm »
Did it. Cut a corner off, so it's slightly shorter at 13.13 miles. Will add the details to a page and publish so others can enjoy.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #274 on: June 01, 2014, 09:25:37 pm »
Our latest walk, a challenging 13.13 miles (21.13 km), is now ready to download. It's Walk 41: The Northaw Wildhill Loop. Allow at least six hours, or more if you want to have a break at one of the pubs along the way. At this time of the year long grass and nettles are an issue so you might want to cover your legs. Please let me know if you spot any errors. There is a comment form at the foot of the walks page. Enjoy.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #275 on: June 07, 2014, 07:09:04 am »
We have just uploaded a new walk. It's Walk 42 North Mymms to Hatfield. It's a linear, station to station walk heading west and north out of Brookmans Park and returning by train from Hatfield station. Check first to make sure that the trains are running - they sometimes do work on the tracks at the weekend.

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Below, the scene as you head north west over the fields from Bradmore Lane towards Water End.


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #276 on: June 08, 2014, 07:57:32 am »
Fancy making the most of a lovely day and getting out into the local countryside? This Sunday's recommended walk is Walk 5: The River Lea Circular. We did it yesterday and the section down by the River Lea has just been strimmed to cut back the nettles. It's three miles long, involves a fair bit of up and down, and starts and finishes as a local pub. It can be down clockwise or anticlockwise. Here is a picture taken yesterday walking down to the River Lea. 
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #277 on: June 14, 2014, 07:03:43 am »
Here is a new walk suggestion for this weekend. We have just added Walk 43: Datchworth Loop, tested and drawn up last weekend. It's a five mile circular slightly out of the immediate area as we start to expand north of the A414. Lovely open views with well-marked paths across open fields. Some woodland walking, too. There are no pubs directly on the route, but there is a pub at Bull's Green near the start and finish, and one at Watton At Stone near the halfway point which can be reached with a short diversion.

Image from the walk below along with a downloadable map. If you try the walk please add any comments/tips at the bottom of the walk page.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #278 on: June 19, 2014, 03:17:09 pm »
One for this weekend? A new walk, created last weekend and just uploaded. It's Walk 45: Tewin West East Loop 4.2 miles of rolling hills, woodland, good views and an old church. Recommended. Click on the link above for directions. Below is a picture from the walk and a downloadable map.



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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #279 on: June 27, 2014, 11:15:27 am »
A new walk has just been uploaded to this site's collection of short and long walks in the local countryside in time for you to download and enjoy this weekend.

It's Walk 46: Tewin North Loop. 4.67 miles (7.5 km). The walk is an undulating circular around the village of Tewin with open fields, hills and some paths at the back of houses. It starts and ends in a pub beer garden. Below is a link to the walk page, a picture from the walk, and a map you can download to your smartphone. As always you can add any comments, tips, suggestions to the walks page (there is a comment box at the bottom of every page) or here in this forum thread.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #280 on: July 03, 2014, 08:09:02 pm »
If you are looking for a new walk for this weekend, we've uploaded Walk 47 - The Mimram Valley Loop to our collection of walks in the local countryside.


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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #281 on: July 05, 2014, 03:50:48 pm »
Just mapped Walk 48 The Kimpton Loop, in our opinion the best of all the walks in this site's collection. It's 5.4 miles of wonderful rolling countryside with great views, away from traffic, quiet paths and tracks and two pubs, one at the start and finish and the other three quarters of the way round. Will write up the directions and load it to the site if anyone wants to try it next weekend. Recommended. Below is the Map My Walk route and below that a picture taken along the route.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #282 on: July 06, 2014, 01:28:13 pm »
Iíve just met a really friendly couple who were using a print out of one of the walks on this site Walk 6: The Wildhill Circular, and we got chatting. It's nice to see people using the walks. And was also nice to meet another couple (with six brilliantly behaved dogs - all different breeds, I was amazed they got on so well, clearly down to the owners) who were using a Hertfordshire pub walks book, but now, after our natter, are going to try the 48 walks on the Brookmans Park Newsletter and will let us know how they get on. And, finally, nice to read the comments from Jude, who has been working her way through the walks and who takes the time and trouble to add comments in the comment box at the bottom of each walks page. You can add your comments, too. Please consider doing so because it might help others by sharing some helpful tips. Anyway, thanks for the feedback, Jude. All welcome. Below is a picture from Walk 6, taken today.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #283 on: July 10, 2014, 09:18:10 pm »
Walk 48 The Kimpton Loop is now ready to download. In our opinion it's one of the nicest (if not the nicest) of the 48 walks on this site. Highly recommended if you want to stretch your legs this weekend. Below is a photo taken along the way (towards the start).
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #284 on: July 12, 2014, 03:38:47 pm »
Some nice colours on Walk 33 The West End Figure of Eight today. Where weed killer had been sprayed in the spring (and the edge of the field was red), wild comfrey has grown, giving the field a purple border. Contrasting pictures below. The first, today, July 12, and the second taken on April 19, almost three months ago.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #285 on: July 12, 2014, 05:04:54 pm »
wild comfrey has grown, giving the field a purple border.

That comfrey does not look very 'wild' to me!

It has probably been sown as an organic fertilizer to enrich the buffer strip prior to sowing with grass seed. The farmer might get an environmental stewardship grant to do this.
 

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #286 on: July 12, 2014, 05:13:52 pm »
That comfrey does not look very 'wild' to me!

It has probably been sown as an organic fertilizer to enrich the buffer strip prior to sowing with grass seed. The farmer might get an environmental stewardship grant to do this.


Interesting, I didn't know that. I thought the gap had been provided to let the harvesters turn round, but that the comfrey had taken advantage of the space, but clearly not. Shows how much I know.  ::)

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #287 on: July 16, 2014, 12:02:59 pm »
241.73 miles (389 kilometres) - that's the total distance of the 48 walks on this site. Do them all, and you will have walked the equivalent distance of from Brookmans Park station to Windermere in the Lake District. And this weekend we will upload our first linear walk in the series - it's a shaded walk along an old byway, chosen to avoid the sun. It starts and ends at a pub and involves long sections of the Hertfordshire Way.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #288 on: July 18, 2014, 04:27:39 pm »
We have just completed Walk 50 Bayford Linear to Brookmans Park, a lovely linear walk with great paths (a bit of lane walking), woodland, shade, views, pubs, in fact everything. Undulating 8.3 mile (13.4 km) walk through stunning countryside. Got the train to Bayford from Brookmans Park and walked back. Took just under four hours door to door (not counting a lengthy and well-earned stop for lunch along the way).

I will write up the details and upload it to the site over the coming week in case anyone wants to try it. Here is the Map My Walk version for now.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #289 on: August 04, 2014, 12:47:47 pm »
There are now 50 local country walks on this site, all free to download and enjoy. Comments welcome.

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« Reply #290 on: August 09, 2014, 06:34:45 am »
If you fancy a really short walk this weekend - just 1.5 miles, with no hills, pleasant tracks, footpaths and fields, then Walk 49 The Ayot Short might fit the bill. We added it to the site last weekend and it's a really nice stroll if you don't want to go too far and don't have a lot of time to spare. It starts and ends at a pub.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #291 on: August 20, 2014, 08:22:34 am »

We have just added Walk 51 - The Mymmshall Wood Loop to our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside. Itís one I though we had added years ago, but forgot to write the details down, so here it is, a little late, but still worth doing.

Itís a pleasant circular walk through deep woodland, over open fields and down quiet, secluded footpaths. At first you will probably be bothered by the noise of the A1(M), but it soon fades away as you move west and south-west through the woods. Refreshments are available at The Woodman Inn and the Waterend Cafe a short drive from the start and finish in Water End (check opening times).

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« Reply #292 on: August 22, 2014, 02:02:38 pm »
A new 4.5 mile walk for this weekend, it's Walk 52: The Wildhill SE Loop. It's fairly flat with some great views. Lovely this time of the year. The walk is the latest in our collection of short and long walks in the local countryside. Below is a picture taken along the way two days ago and below that a downloadable map. If you want directions go to the walks page where you can add comments.



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« Reply #293 on: November 01, 2014, 07:50:38 am »
I didn't realise until someone pointed it out this week that we now have a local walk for every week of the year. Have you done all 52? Comments, tips and observation welcome on the walks pages - there is a comment box at the end of each.

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« Reply #294 on: November 02, 2014, 01:42:06 pm »
Some lovely fungi - and massive, too - on Walk 14: The Woodman Round, today.
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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #295 on: November 13, 2014, 05:56:57 am »
I have added QR codeWiki to all 52 local walks following a request by a local resident who wanted to be able to scan them to her mobile device.There is a screen shot from Walk 3 The Water End Circular below.
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« Reply #296 on: November 13, 2014, 08:43:18 am »
Great idea to use scanner. Have downloaded one to my phone, but it does not pick up and read?

Might be me! I did print off and tried to scan .

Can you assist with this please?

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #297 on: November 13, 2014, 01:53:32 pm »
Great idea to use scanner. Have downloaded one to my phone, but it does not pick up and read?

I am glad you are enjoying the walks Alex. Please leave any feedback in the comment box at the foot of each walk you try.

Regarding the QR code, I have an Android and have installed the free QR Bar Code Scanner and it works fine.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_progetto2003.SCAN&hl=en

There is a free one for iPhone, too.

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8

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« Reply #298 on: November 13, 2014, 05:24:27 pm »
Thanks for this, will try this out.

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Re: Short and long walks in the local countryside
« Reply #299 on: November 21, 2014, 09:53:00 pm »
It's week 47 so why not try Walk 47 The Mimram Valley Loop this weekend? One of our favourites. Please add comments at the end of the walk.

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