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bendmeoverbackwards Sun 15-Nov-20 13:30:49

Any good suggestions please? It's our anniversary tomorrow and not much we can do but dh and I thought we'd have a nice walk somewhere and takeaway coffee and cake.

I thought about the Ashridge Estate (been before) and I also saw something about a walk in Welwyn Garden City along a disused railway line.

Anyone done this walk? Or any other nice suggestions please?

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nosswith Sun 15-Nov-20 14:04:08

Monken Hadley to Cockfosters. The cafe in Trent Park might be open.

YellowandGreenToBeSeen Sun 15-Nov-20 14:10:23

Watford to Rickansworth along the Ebury Way. Start with coffee at the cafe in Oxhey Park, walk the walk and then lunch in Ricky. Back along the Grand Union canal to Cassiobury Park for a different route.

Indeed, Cassiobury Park is beautiful and you can walk through to Wippendell Woods, which are stunning.

DazzlePaintedBattlePants Sun 15-Nov-20 14:15:47

Letchworth Greenway?

bendmeoverbackwards Sun 15-Nov-20 14:32:50

Thanks, great suggestions.

@YellowandGreenToBeSeen how far roughly would that route be?

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bendmeoverbackwards Sun 15-Nov-20 14:36:16

Actually thinking about it, a circular route would probably be best so we can leave the car and come back to it afterwards.

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SomethingNastyInTheBallPool Sun 15-Nov-20 14:39:24

@nosswith Trent Park cafe is open for takeaway - I was there last week.

bendmeoverbackwards Sun 15-Nov-20 14:40:07

Is the Trent Park Cafe nice?

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PrayingandHoping Sun 15-Nov-20 14:41:02

When you went to ashridge did you do Ivinghoe Beacon?

bendmeoverbackwards Sun 15-Nov-20 14:42:22

PrayingandHoping

When you went to ashridge did you do Ivinghoe Beacon?

No, what is it?

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SomethingNastyInTheBallPool Sun 15-Nov-20 14:44:55

@bendmeoverbackwards It’s nice in summer, with tables out in the nicely landscaped garden. Not quite so nice at the moment, where they’ve just got some tables out back by the bins!

But the food’s fine and there are plenty of other places in the park to sit and eat it.

PrayingandHoping Sun 15-Nov-20 14:45:11

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate/features/ivinghoe-beacon-at-ashridge-estate

Its spectacular. Used constantly for films and tv!! Most recent massive films I know of is Fantastic Beasts and last Star Wars (when watching we sit there trying to find it 🤣)

Glittertwins Sun 15-Nov-20 15:18:30

You can park the car mid way between the Beacon and the monument end of Ashridge. We often do this, walk up the beacon, down the other side towards Ashridge & get scones from the cafe (if still open for takeaways) and walk back.
There are tons of paths crisscrossing the estate. Lots of public paths around the golf courses, Cassiobury woods, the old Nickey Line between Harpenden and WGC

Standrewsschool Sun 15-Nov-20 15:36:42

Tring - walk along canals
Tring

Sr Albans - walk around lake at Verulam park
St Albans

Harpenden - walk along Nicky lane disused railway
Harpenden

00100001 Sun 15-Nov-20 15:40:48

www.facebook.com/groups/hertfordshire.walks/

Wigeon Sun 15-Nov-20 15:47:56

Rickmansworth aquadrome - assume the lovely cafe is open for takeaway but double check.

Dunstable Downs (think technically it might be in Bedfordshire but it’s not that far from us in Herts), think there’s a National Trust cafe.

Some lovely lovely walks around the Chess Valley way - just west of Watford/near Rickmansworth. Can’t immediately think of a coffee option - could pop into Rickmansworth after.

Wigeon Sun 15-Nov-20 15:50:36

Agree with parking at Cassiobury Park (Gade Ave car park, free for 2 hrs but you still need a ticket, or not that expensive if you stay longer), walk through the park to Whippendell or along the canal, or both. Two cafes in the park (Daisy’s and the Cha Cafe), and a barge has just moored up and also started doing takeaway drinks and snacks, just by the canal on the right as you walk from the park to the woods.

Nowthereistwo Sun 15-Nov-20 16:09:31

Since you mentioned WGC, Pangshanger Park is beautiful, it has free parking but no cafe. It has a c.500 year old oak tree, large lakes and bits of the old manor house still standing.

Cole Green Way is the disused railway line you mentioned. We like cycling along here with the children as it's flat, but i think there is better places to walk, especially as the Cowper Arms pub isn't open half way to Hertford.

Nowthereistwo Sun 15-Nov-20 16:13:05

Pangshanger Park last week as the clouds were clearing

bluewindows Sun 15-Nov-20 16:15:23

I'm so interested in this too.

YellowandGreenToBeSeen Sun 15-Nov-20 16:19:44

Sorry OP - think it’s about 15km or so. May be a little less.

Gazelda Sun 15-Nov-20 16:26:27

Wigeon

Rickmansworth aquadrome - assume the lovely cafe is open for takeaway but double check.

Dunstable Downs (think technically it might be in Bedfordshire but it’s not that far from us in Herts), think there’s a National Trust cafe.

Some lovely lovely walks around the Chess Valley way - just west of Watford/near Rickmansworth. Can’t immediately think of a coffee option - could pop into Rickmansworth after.


Yes, the cafe in the park is open for takeaway. (Ricky Aquadrome)

Also, walk along the canal from Watford to Hunton Bridge and stop off at the lovely Bean Here cafe.

Ashridge, Cassiobury Park and Dunstable Downs are also faves.

I fancy doing the Ebury Way walk sometime. I've heard it's a good cycle route too.

PiratePenguin Sun 15-Nov-20 16:30:09

Ver Valley walks are circular. We did quite a few during lockdown 1.0. Very well sign posted.

Cherrysoup Sun 15-Nov-20 16:30:21

Ash ridge very muddy when it’s rained lots, as is Whippendell. Beautiful, tho. Opposite Ashridge, there’s more walks plus a herd of black (?) deer. Brilliant field of snowdrops along there in February.

PiratePenguin Sun 15-Nov-20 16:30:26

www.riverver.co.uk/walks/ Forgot to add link!

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