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London Countryway 08 October 2012

London Countryway 8 Oct 2012



COUNTRYWAY PART 8

After travelling by mini bus from the car park, we set off again from Ashley Green up a hill to  leavet Buckinghamshire to enter Hertfordshire.

We noticed the ground changing from leaf-strewn woods to common land as we entered Bovingdon Green, avoiding the open prison.

We lunched on the edge of the village of Chipperfield keeping sheltered from the cold wind..

Crossing the Grand Union Canal and bypassing  the Ovaltine farm we were tempted to break into a song of the Ovaltinees but only for those of a certain age!

After the night at the good old Premier Inn (they really should sponsor us to walk between all their hotels!) at Kings Langley, we travelled in the faithful mini bus again to the (small) village of Smallford.

We walked through glorious autumnal woods past the National Rose Societys gardens(closed) to take up the path to St Albans.

I loved the Roman walls but the signs reminded us that Boudicca had set fire to the town as she had done at Colchester..

We spent a pleasant forty five minutes in the lovely city before walking back along the old railway path back to the cars.

A great walking weekend. The weather was exceptionally kind to us and the scenery was fantastic.

Thanks again to Chris for his  able organisation and sublime map-reading.