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Swallow Holes
« on: November 06, 2010, 01:21:19 pm »
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Not resident of Brookmans Park but, being keen walker in Herts,  have seen entries on OS Maps of "swallow holes" - something of a cluster around BP -  found out they are a natural phenomenon.     Went looking on a walk going south from North Mymms Park in area of map W of A1(M) where the map mentioned "swallow holes" and nosed around but nothing suggested anything - appreciate it was a very dry summer.     Anybody know what the Swallow Holes actually look like?  so as to be able to recognise them/one

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Re: Swallow Holes
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 03:26:46 pm »
Hi Caroline, welcome to the forum. If you go to the front page and search swallow holes you will find loads of interesting historical articles about them on this site - and one of the walks that passes them. 
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Re: Swallow Holes
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 11:10:17 am »
There are a number of them behind the Woodman pub on Warrengate Road.    Try looking at them on Google Earth. :)
 

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Re: Swallow Holes
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 03:30:26 pm »
Attached photo of the swallow holes was taken on 28 January 2009 after very heavy rain.  The view is looking north west towards the 'cherry pickers' at UK Platforms, rear of the Water End Cafe at the corner of Warrengate Road and Swanland Road.  You can see them in the background.

This was taken on my visit to the footpaths around there with Sentry Groundcare who acted as contractors for the parish council.  Using a Parish Paths Partnership grant from the County Council, they rebuilt the steps and put in the boardwalk from the bottom of the steps leading down from the footpath just north of the Water End Cafe.  It made it safer to walk along that section of the Public Footpath in such wet conditions.  Photos of the orginal footpath and new boardwalk were enclosed with the North Mymms Parish Council article in the Autumn 2009 edition of Chancellor's Community Newsletter.  Also attached is a photo of the completed work.

Hi Caroline, welcome to the forum. If you go to the front page and search swallow holes you will find loads of interesting historical articles about them on this site - and one of the walks that passes them. 
On Walk 12 this is at point 8 where it directs you to go down some steps.

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