Saturday, 23 March 2019 (Group: Herts Weekend Walkers)
Start time 13:00
9 miles / 14.5 km
(Estimated finish time: 17:00)
Starting from the car park on Royston Heath we rise up the chalk escarpment that forms the south side of the Cam valley passing Neolithic barrows. Through beech woods to a SSSI which may have pasqueflowers in bloom.
Travelling west along The Gallops to join the Hertfordshire Way, we turn south and climb to the top of the ridge across fields and paddocks to Kelshall Cross. Heading east then north we make our way to Therfield with a pause on the village green to have a pint (or drink of your choice) at the Fox & Duck. Behind the pub we join the Icknield Way Trail which returns us to the Heath.
There is a bar and snack bar at the end of the walk and customer toilets on the Heath and in Therfield. Dogs welcome though in some areas they may need to on a lead due to livestock. 710 ft of ascent in at least one place the footpath is both steep and slippery, being over a mix of chalk and clay.
Starting point of the walk: the entrance to the Royston Heath car park closest to Baldock Road, Royston, SG8 5BG.
The walk offers some spectacular panoramic views, which we will pause to take in. There is quite a lot of wildlife in the area including fallow deer, hares, kites and buzzards. They are generally very wary of people and will disappear at the first sign of walkers, but we might get lucky.
Those wishing to travel by train are advised that Royston Station is about 20 minutes from the start of the walk. A regular service (normally) operates at weekends.
Please note: we may require you to produce your Ramblers membership card at the start of this walk. Prospective new members are welcome to join us for up to three walks before joining.