Hertfordshire Chain Walk 7:
Bramfield Woods North
20 December 2008
Today George accompanied Stephen
on another visit to the Hertfordshire Chain Walk. The route is a series of 15 circular walks which link
together to create a chain, running from the northern edges of Enfield in
Greater London to
Cambridgeshire. With the walks being
circular they can be started from any point and walked in either direction. The
seventh walk, like the sixth, was started from Bramfield Woods, between Welwyn Garden City and
Watton at Stone, this time heading north.
As we head from the parking place towards the start of the Hertfordshire Chain
itself, George is looking very clean and fluffy. It won't last!
Emerging from Bramfield Woods onto Long Walk, looking across arable
A laid hedge, now past its best, supplemented by a barbed wire fence, now past
its best, the whole useless as there are large gaps without gates.
An untidy farmyard at Perrywood Farm
Heading towards Watkin's Hall Farm
As we head towards Watkin's Spring North, George pauses by a redundant cattle
grid. He is starting to get muddier.
Ploughed fields as we approach Watton at Stone
In Watton at Stone. The direction pictured is the official route of the
Hertfordshire Chain Walk. However, the premise of the walk is 15 circular walks
which link together. But in their infinite wisdom, the creators left a gap in
the middle at Watton. I didn't feel this was in keeping with the spirit of the
thing, so at this point I turned sharp left, and added a loop along Mill Lane
and back via Watton House. This, which I dubbed the Dawson Variation, adds about
two kilometres to the route.
Watton at Stone
From above the River Beane, near the bypass, looking back to Watton
The church from below, after crossing the Beane for the second time.
Allotments as we look back through Watton to regain the official Hertfordshire
And the church from above, where a wedding is taking place
Back in countryside, and more ploughed fields
Built as a country house in 1775 for Sir Thomas Rumbold, these buildings have
housed Heath Mount School since 1934.
An increasingly muddy George pauses naturally in a rather good show pose. A pity
about the condition of the coat, however!
"What do you mean, 'bath'?"
"Trees", says the sign, but this close to Christmas there weren't many left.
Another view of the tree-selling Great Gobions Farm.
From there we returned to a very muddy Bramfield Woods, where George's condition
worsened. But despite the mud, a pleasant early winter outing.
Total distance 10.9 km with 164 metres of ascent in 2 hours 16 mins.
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On to Hertfordshire Chain Walk 8, from Watton at Stone...