29th March 2015: Welham Green to Brookmans Park

This walk, carefully researched by Noreen Lee, traverses some unspoiled farming and forestry land. We walked across arable fields south to Water End, over the Great North Road (A1M) by footbridge and into mile-wide North Mymms Park to visit the 13th century St. Mary’s Church. A tiny hamlet around the church is the domain of nearby N Mymms manor house, screened by a stand of trees. The fine church is well used, however, as it serves the prosperous village of Welham Green.

St. Mary's church, North Mymms

St. Mary’s church, North Mymms (John Salmon / CC BY-SA 2.0)

After pausing here we took a muddy track S into Hawkshead Wood, passing a centuries-old woodman’s cottage, through mixed woodland with silver birches and rooks’ nests, passing bluebell clumps yet to bloom. Then back over the motorway to the farm complex run by the Royal Veterinary College. Their horses looked doleful, but we supposed they are working on them. One more sequence of field paths took us up to the main railway line, trains rattling along the ridge in cinematic profile. A five minute jog enabled us to catch the 13.40 home, with lunch eaten on the train.

This is a neatly-planned six mile route, worth another outing, perhaps in autumn colours. The steady rain and stiff breeze did nothing to dampen the spirits of your two stalwart walkers who have now pioneered this recommendable ramble through the varied South Herts countryside.

Steve Butters

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About Humphrey Southall

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