Saturday, 25 August 2018 (Group: Herts Weekend Walkers)
Start time 13:30
8 miles / 12.9 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
This is a leisurely walk heading first up towards Knocking Hoe, then taking in Deacon Hill, Little Offley and Telegraph Hill returning to Pegsdon via the nature reserve.
Knocking Hoe is a National Nature Reserve and biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The unimproved chalk grassland has several nationally rare plants, including moon carrot, spotted catsear, field fleawort, burnt tip orchid and pasque flower.
Deacon Hill SSSI is a site of calcareous grassland which is rich in plant species, some of which are uncommon. Birds include lapwings and buzzards, and there are butterflies such as dingy and grizzled skippers. There are also the remains of ancient strip lynchet fields.
Starting point of the walk: Live and Let Live pub, Pegsdon, SG5 3JX. The pub allows us to use their overflow car park and they are expecting us for drinks after the walk.