49 – Gorhambury Estate and Verulamium Park, St Albans 6.1 miles – 25th January

In short: an atmospherically foggy walk with fascinating glimpses of ancient history even if the lovely views were missing due to the weather. Lovely family friendly cafe in the park with smart clean toilets and super pub to finish. 2hrs 15 mins walking + 50 mins total pitstops. The walk today owes much to the […]

48 – Rickmansworth Lake District & Grand Union Canal 6.1 miles – 18th January

In short: a wonderful walk on a sparkling morning. Firm, frosty and sometimes icy footpaths; clean, functional public toilets, plentiful free parking and amazing food in a terrific cafe. 2 hrs 15 mins walking + 40 mins pitstop. On a really beautiful but cold and frosty morning we head to Rickmansworth to make the most […]

47 – Springfield Park to the Olympic Park along the Lea 8.8 miles – 11th January

In short: an urban delight – all sorts of unexpected views and wildlife surprises! Solid canal towpaths all the way apart from the firm footpaths in both parks so ordinary walking trainers are fine. Free on street parking, public toilets en route and two lovely pitstops – one at the halfway point and the other […]

46 – Aldeburgh: marshes and beach 5.3 miles – 2nd January

In short: extremely muddy in places so walking boots or good wellies are a must. Free parking – even on a very busy day – and lots of choice for a fabulous pitstop near the end. Wonderful views and bracing sea air – the perfect post festivities walk. 2 hrs 20 mins walking + 40 […]

45 – Highgate Woods and Parkland Walk in Muswell Hill 3.7 miles – 29th December

In short: an easy local walk – shortened version of walk 26 – hard surfaced paths so no need for walking boots. Public toilets in Highgate Woods and a plethora of cafes to choose from in Muswell Hill. Plenty of free on street parking for those who don’t have to be right in the town […]

44 – Darlands Lake plus variation 4.2 miles – 22nd December

In short: a beautiful walk on a stunning wintry morning – introducing this lovely beauty spot to a friend as well as the delights of the super Waiting Room cafe. Muddy in places so well worth wearing proper walking boots. 1 hr 35 mins walking + 30 mins pitstop. This walk is almost identical to […]