8 December 2013: Watford to St Albans along the Colne and Ver

Just three regulars for this eight mile walk from one Hertfordshire station to another.  Starting from Watford Junction we passed the Victorian orphanage, now luxury flats, and walked briskly on to the River Colne trail towards Bricketts Wood.  Across mixed fields and woods past Munden House and its satellite horse farm to join the River Ver walk.  While urban features like the M25 appeared occasionally, we traversed stretches of idyllic farmland, sheep-filled and spinney-framed, and stumbled across a charming settlement where on a muddy bend in the river a republic of park home pioneers has made its Arcadia.

Jonathan and Steve on he final approach to St Albans Abbey

Jonathan and Steve on he final approach to St Albans Abbey

After a picnic lunch stop and a drink in the Moor Mill pub, with its working water wheel, we  passed under the M25 where the Ver swells from stream to river size.  Then across broad fields and through the village of Park Street, we took Humphrey’s specially-designed route through St Albans golf course and hilly suburban streets up to the great cathedral church where the chapter house reliably serves tea and cakes — Jonathan had a cream tea for just £2.50.  Our walk was blessed with better than seasonal weather and fitted the short day well. This will be worth another outing.

Steve Butters

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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