Hertfordshire Chain Walk 3:
Bayford, Tylers Causeway, Epping Green & Little Berkhamsted

8 June 2008

Today I returned to the Hertfordshire Chain Walk, last visited in May. The route is a series of 15 circular walks which link together to create a chain, running from the northern edges of Enfield to Cambridgeshire. With the walks being circular they can be started from any point and walked in either direction. I started the third walk from just off the route in Little Berkhamstead, from where it was a short pleasant walk across a field to join the Chain Walk.

Folly Tower, erected in 1789 by Admiral John Stratton - apparently to enable him to see ships sailing up the Thames, though it is much too far away ever to have worked.

George in one of a series of delightful flower-filled meadows on this walk

A stream in Bayford Wood, which flows north and which we will follow for a short way in walk 4 to the point where it joins the River Lea.

Ascending away from the stream through Bayford Wood

Rhododendrons as we near the edge of the wood

The village pond at Bayford, where we stopped for our lunch

Leaving Bayford behind, we turn south and take this byway through Gidner's Wood

After an awkward if short section along a road, we took another byway south from Old Claypits Farm, which we had already taken in the other direction on walk 2. However, just before Home Farm, we turned west, and pass more rhododendrons in The Warren in Ponsbourne Park

An old gatekeeper's cottage as we emerge from Ponsbourne Park to cross the road from Newgate Street to Little Berkhamsted and walk along Tylers Causeway

A couple of transmitter masts loom over us as we skirt the edge of Epping Green

Houses in Epping Green

Another lovely meadow as we near the end of a short but pleasant walk in the sunshine.

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Total distance 10.0 km (about 9.2 km on the Chain Walk) with 151 metres of ascent in 2 hours 20 minutes.

On to Hertfordshire Chain Walk 4, visiting Little Berkhamsted & Letty Green...


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