Saturday, 4 June 2022
Start time: 10:30
(Estimated finish time: 12:00)
Leisurely 3 miles / 4.8 km
The first of two short walks today hosted by Stag Walkers as part of Ickleford’s Jubilee Bank Holiday celebrations. Join us for one walk or both! Both walks start and finish at Lower Green in the north-east of the village.
Our morning walk is to Wilbury Hill and Cadwell Farm. We’ll begin by heading south through the meadows by the River Hiz, to reach the old railway embankment once used for the former Hitchin - Bedford line. Here we turn onto the Icknield Way, the ancient trackway which passes through Ickleford on its route from Buckinghamshire to Suffolk. We’ll follow the Icknield Way over the steps of the railway bridge at Cadwell Crossing and up the gentle slope of Wilbury Hill as far as the edge of Letchworth. Turning to the west, we should have a good view of the surrounding countryside as we walk downhill past the lavender fields at Cadwell (worth returning to when in flower!). Finally we pass through horse paddocks and under the Arlesey Road railway bridge to return to our start point at Lower Green.
At Lower Green we’ll have an early picnic lunch (bring a packed lunch and something to sit on) with the option for a quick drink at The Cricketers (5 minutes walk along Arlesey Road) before meeting for our afternoon walk at 12.30.
Booking is not essential for this walk but we do find it helpful to know who’s coming, so:
* if you plan to come along please book a place for yourself and any guests you are bringing
* if you have to cancel please update your RSVP so we know not to wait for you
* you can RSVP via our Meetup group or email stagwalkers at gmail dot com
Lower Green, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3TW. If driving to the walk, please park considerately on Snailswell Lane, SG5 3TP.
Please car-share if possible. Alternatively, take Stagecoach bus 9A which runs between Hitchin and Bedford and stops at Lower Green. Please note the walks start from Lower Green - if travelling from the Hitchin direction, Lower Green is at the far end of the village and should not be confused with Upper Green (which is next to the church and school).
Grid reference: TL185323
Nearest postcode: SG5 3TL
Start time: 10:30
This is a circular walk
Please be aware of the walk grade: walks are graded Easy, Leisurely, Moderate or Strenuous
Use our Meetup group to book your place on the walk: https://www.meetup.com/StagWalkers/
DO NOT book onto a walk unless you are pretty sure you will be able to make it
UPDATE YOUR RSVP. We understand ‘life happens’ so if you need to change your RSVP please do this before the walk
DON’T NO-SHOW on the day unless it is absolutely unavoidable (we do understand ‘life happens’)
*TAKE NOTE that if you no-show three times, without extenuating circumstances, we will decline further bookings from you for a period of six weeks*
Bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks, something lightweight to sit on at lunchtime and optionally a basic first aid kit, hand sanitiser and face covering.
When travelling to and from the walk, follow the latest advice from government and transport operators to keep yourself and others safe.
See the Ramblers guidance for walkers here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AK-5yePb-ECzLUej22_aBYjfgHeynDi_/view
Dogs are welcome on a lead. 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. You can donate online at www.ramblers.org.uk
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: 3rd Floor, Soho Wharf, 1 Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
Suitability: Dog friendly, No car needed
Surroundings: Village, Hill, Farmland
Theme: Wildlife, nature, History, heritage
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.