Sunday, 5 April 2020
Meeting time: 9:40
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 17:00)
Strenuous 16 miles / 25.8 km
Stag Walkers are following the 110-mile Icknield Way Path on a series of walks throughout 2020. Join us for any or all of these!
This fifth section of the Icknield Way takes us from Letchworth and Baldock through the countryside to Royston, passing through the sleepy villages and hamlets of Wallington, Roe Green, Sandon and Therfield.
The walk begins in the leafy streets of Letchworth Garden City then passes through the historic market town of Baldock. We leave Baldock travelling south on the Icknield Way towards Clothall, climbing up to the rolling chalk hills and offering views to the north. We then take the path north-west to Wallington where we can stop by the 12th century church for a snack & drinks break. If people wish to do so, the church can be visited briefly to see the small display about the famous author George Orwell who resided in the village.
Next we go on to Roe Green and the village of Sandon where we can stop for our lunch and admire another old church and graveyard. After that the path winds along the old sheep driving roads to Therfield where we have the option of a drinks stop at the Fox and Duck pub.
Finally, the path descends to Therfield Heath and into Royston. Those who would like to finish with a pub can visit the Old Bull Inn in Royston before heading to the station for the train back to our start point.
This is a Linear Walk accessible by train.
Optional meeting point at Hitchin railway station (platform 2), Walsworth Road, Hitchin, SG4 9UL
Grid reference: TL194297
Nearest postcode: SG4 9UL
Meeting time: 09:40
Meet outside the front entrance to the Spirella Building, Bridge Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4ET. Spirella has free parking (car park entrance on Icknield Way) and is just a few minutes’ walk from Letchworth Garden City station.
This walk is accessible by public transport: if travelling by train from Hitchin, buy a return to Royston (£4.80) and take the 09:50 service from Hitchin to Letchworth arriving 09:55. If travelling from Royston, a replacement bus service leaves Royston at 09.22 arriving Letchworth 09.45 (train services are due to operate normally for the rest of the day).
Grid reference: TL215328
Nearest postcode: SG6 4ET
Start time: 10:00
Royston railway station, 50 Kneesworth St., Royston, SG8 5AH
Grid reference: TL353412
Nearest postcode: SG8 5AG
This is a linear walk
Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Bring a packed lunch or snacks and drinks.
Please car-share if possible or use public transport. To offer a lift or ask for one from a fellow walker, please use the Stag Walkers Facebook page to arrange this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stagwalkers
If you need to urgently be added to the group for this purpose, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about walking with the group, including our dog policy, please visit the website: http://www.stagwalkers.org.uk/
We are a Ramblers group, non members are welcome to try us out for two or three walks before joining Ramblers as a full member. For details on how to join and how much it costs please visit: www.ramblers.org.uk/stag-walkers
As a charity we ask that non-members consider making a voluntary donation to Ramblers until they become a full member. We suggest £3-4 per walk. A member of the admin team or the walk leader will mention this at the start of the walk and can accept donations on the day.
Your donation will go directly towards funding Stag Walkers, and to wider Ramblers charitable activities.
The Ramblers’ Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company registration number: 4458492. Registered Charity in England and Wales number: 1093577. Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW
Suitability: Dog friendly, No car needed
Surroundings: Village, Hill, Farmland
Theme: Long distance path
Give us a try!
This is one of hundreds of Ramblers group walks for all ages and abilities every week - all led by our experienced walk leaders.
You’re welcome to join us on any of our walks to see if the Ramblers is for you. Then, once you’ve enjoyed the views, fun, exhilaration and good company, it’s just a case of becoming a member.
Do make sure you're fit enough and have the right footwear and clothing for the walk you want to do, though. You can contact the group or leader if in doubt.