13 – Brookmans Park loop 5.8 miles – 27th April

In short: rolling Hertfordshire countryside surrounding a pristine commuter village, pretty woodland, bluebells galore, and a delicious pub lunch at an enterprising pub.Very very muddy in places but not impassable with waterproof walking boots. Smart pub toilets at start (and end). 2 hrs 20 mins walking + 40 min pitstop. Wednesday this week dawned intermittently bright but […]

12 – Hertford to Ware and back 6.6 miles – 20th April

In short: lovely figure of eight walk bookended by two pretty Hertfordshire towns, lots of waterside walking all within the shadow of the A10. Public toilets at start and cafe plus toilet halfway, in Ware. 2 hrs 35 mins walking + 20 min pitstop. The promised glorious sunshine on Wednesday tempted us to try a walk […]

11 – Orford town (longer) loop 5 miles – 12th April

In short: similar route to walk 9 but with the addition of some lovely views; exceptionally muddy. Toilet and delicious sandwiches at lovely riverside cafe. 2 hrs 5 mins walking + 40 min pitstop. This week our Wednesday walking route took a detour – a 24 hour holiday in Suffolk – which meant a Tuesday […]

10 – Rickmansworth Aquadrome and Grand Union Canal 6.5 miles – 6th April

In short: mostly well surfaced paths around a couple of lovely lakes, along a cycle path and the canal towpath. Functional if not exactly appealing toilets and yet another amazing cafe. 2 hrs 20 mins walking + 40 min pitstop. With a little more time to spare this week we decided to explore a little […]

9 – Orford town loop 3.2 miles – 29th March

In short: a typical Suffolk coast walk (the ‘…and beyond’ part of this blog’s title page!), a mixture of rural and coastal paths and village streets; not too muddy. Lovely tearoom with gorgeous views and decent toilet. 1 hr 20 mins walking + 20 mins pitstop. School holidays again so, lucky enough to have a […]