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13 Nov: Hatfield to Bayford

posted 16 Nov 2011, 09:29 by South Herts   [ updated 17 Feb 2017, 23:50 ]
11 of us set off from Hatfield on what turned out to be a beautifully bright autumnal day.  We headed out to Cole Green Way and cycled the tarmaced route to Letty Green then followed the road to Hertingfordbury, Bayford and up to Brickendon Green and along some leafy lanes to Broxbourne.  It was Remembrance Sunday and an impressive band and crowd had gathered for the Service at the church.  At the Lido, we picked up the towpath along the river to the café at Dobbs Weir.
Simon and Giles at the Hatfield start
Peering through the cafe window

After a superb value for money, filling breakfast with excellent service, we headed doubled back on the towpath to Meadgate and picked up the Sustrans National Cycle network Route 1 to Nazing, through Clayton Hill Park and all the way to Lee Valley Park Farm and on to Fishers Green.  Here we crossed the old River Lea and the River Lee navigation to Turnford Brook, then cycled north along virgin territory on a path that led us to the railway crossing at Slip Lane in Wormley.  We turned off through Wormley woods past the Woodman Pub (scheduled stop closed for refurbishment) and followed White Stubbs Lane up to The Baker Arms in Bayford. Here the staff were welcoming and provided us promptly with reasonably priced baguettes, as we sat in their pretty gardens making the most of the good weather and pondering how long it would last! We left the pub for home or the AGM in good time before it got dark.

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For a map of the Lee Valley Regional Park visit www.leevalleypark.org.uk or ring them on 08456 770 600 and they will post you a free map, which I would have been lost without! Sorry to those of you who didn't have a map today that I did briefly lose!