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Ridge

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TR - Ayot St. Peter to Peters Green and back
« on: 09:21:41, 03/07/20 »
Having earlier in the week driven a 360 mile round trip to have fish and chips with my Dad in his garden, my lower back was crying out for a good stretch. My route was, Ayot St. Peter, Ayot Greenway, Wheathampstead, Harpendon, Batford (unintentionally), Mackerye End, Peters Green, Ansells End, Kimpton, Cuckolds Cross (I bet he is) Kimpton Mill, Coldicote Bottom (patent ointment is available at your local pharmacy), Ayot St. Lawrence, Ayot Greenway, Ayot St. Peter.


It was a much cooler day than of late and I even considered putting on a lightweight fleece as I booted up.



Ayot St. Peter is barely a place at all just a few houses randomly scattered about and a church. Not only was the church having a service this coming Sunday, the first day they are allowed to, but they were having a Sale of Produce on Saturday in aid of the local air ambulance.



Walking down through the woods I joined the Ayot Greenway which runs along a disused train track.



I left the track to walk by the River Lee or Lea, even OS can't decide, in to Wheathampsted.



To the west of the town I passed through a field covered in these blue flowers.



Then the next field was a riot of poppies.



It started to rain and I put on my jacket and then 10 mins later took it off again.
I rejoined the old railway track and then dropped back to the river. On the map where my ROW met the river there was a path on the other side which went up 1 field, met a lane and then continued on the other side of the lane as a ROW. I was hoping for a way across the river to follow this path but there wasn't a way over. I walked down my side of the bank to a footbridge, it was closed for repair, I continued even further up stream and crossed over a weir to then retrace my steps on the other side of the river along a road.


The hamlet of Mackerye End is pretty much just the house which gives it its name and ancillary buildings.



Heading towards Peters Green, the furthest point on the walk from my car. Here is the ubiquitous 'path through crops' photo. But not today glowing golden under an azure sky.



Jacket on and then 10 mins later jacket off again. It rained on me 3 more times during the afternoon but it was significantly warmer by then and my jacket stayed in my pack.


On to Kimpton, a village which Wikipedia tells me has more than 2000 residents but I didn't see a single one.


This bridge, on a private drive, feels a bit over the top to cross a ditch that may occasionally be slightly damp.



Flowers and bees.







The old church in Ayot St. Lawrence is in need of a bit of repair.



I then went back on to the Ayot Greenway again, clambering up the embankment by the side of this bridge.



Back up through the woods to Ayot St. Peter on what felt like a very old sunken path edged with ancient beech trees.



Nearly 21 miles in just over 7 hours, an hour less than a similar distance took me last week in the heat.


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Re: TR - Ayot St. Peter to Peters Green and back
« Reply #1 on: 12:29:37, 03/07/20 »
Nice pictures.

But I read through that list of place names and realised that I hadn't a clue where you were walking!


PS - I have looked now. The Ayot Greenway looks good.
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Ridge

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« Reply #2 on: 12:36:09, 03/07/20 »
But I read through that list of place names and realised that I hadn't a clue where you were walking!
In the strip of land between the A1(M) and the M1 from NNW of Welwyn Garden City to SE of Luton and back.
Some of the places are absolutely tiny, no more than 3 or 4 houses.

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« Reply #3 on: 13:41:17, 03/07/20 »
Lovely pics Ridge - I love the two churches - particularly the Ayot St Peters one - looks very unusual.

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« Reply #4 on: 17:56:23, 03/07/20 »
Lovely pics Ridge but ...21 miles  :o   Are you planning on doing that sort of mileage each day on your PW (or have you sacked that off now you've reached your 2020 Mileage target?  :P  )

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« Reply #5 on: 18:13:18, 03/07/20 »
Lovely pics Ridge - I love the two churches - particularly the Ayot St Peters one - looks very unusual.
Thanks pdstsp, it is an unusual church but I think I prefer the ruined one at Ayot St. Lawrence.


Lovely pics Ridge but ...21 miles  :o   Are you planning on doing that sort of mileage each day on your PW (or have you sacked that off now you've reached your 2020 Mileage target?  :P  )
I'm not bothered about the Pennine Way, as you know I can take it or leave it. But, as I've been planning to walk it since I was about 12, we will probably drag our selves through all that gorgeous countryside against our better judgement.
Our 16 days, starting on 23rd August and finishing on 7th September average out at 16.75 miles per day but the longest day is 22 miles so I have deliberately been getting in some longer walks over the last few weeks. All this is, of course, tabulated on an excel spreed sheet with accommodation etc. As I said, not really fussed.


 

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« Reply #6 on: 19:10:03, 03/07/20 »
I am so impressed by all the place names  O0 Lovely walk and pics  :)

Smiling at the spreadsheet of your Pennine Way plans. Only because I would have the same sort of spreadsheet. I am typing this with one eye on beefy who has glass of wine in hand and almost falling asleep and ready to spill it over my carpet  ;D

If you need any supplies en route by the time you reach the A69 please let me know it is only a 40 minute drive to Greenhead from where I live :)
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« Reply #7 on: 19:27:32, 03/07/20 »
I am typing this with one eye on beefy who has glass of wine in hand and almost falling asleep and ready to spill it over my carpet  ;D
Just get a straw and liberate the wine from his glass to save your carpet.
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If you need any supplies en route by the time you reach the A69 please let me know
It may be that we need a tent as we are booked in to the hostel but are not sure if they will be open. ;)
Seriously that is a very generous offer and I will definitely bear it in mind.

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« Reply #8 on: 19:46:54, 03/07/20 »
Just get a straw and liberate the wine from his glass to save your carpet.

He woke up and drank it unfortunately  :D

It may be that we need a tent as we are booked in to the hostel but are not sure if they will be open. ;)
Seriously that is a very generous offer and I will definitely bear it in mind.

Please let me know if you need anything, there is a roof at my house if you two need it and I can pick you up and drop you off again at Greenhead.

The breakfast might poison you but you can't have everything   :D

Edited to add, we won't be offended if you decline the offer   ;D
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« Reply #9 on: 20:08:26, 03/07/20 »
Please let me know if you need anything, there is a roof at my house if you two need it and I can pick you up and drop you off again at Greenhead.
April I know that this will not be news to anyone but you are a lovely, lovely person. Thank you.

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« Reply #10 on: 22:36:59, 03/07/20 »
More lovliness Ridge O0
I wouldn't bother with that Pennine way I'm sure there must be some DIY or gardening you could be doing ;)
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« Reply #11 on: 23:01:24, 03/07/20 »

Thanks Karl
I'm sure there must be some DIY or gardening you could be doing ;)
I was going to say loads but actually, after 100 days of furlough, these's not much left to do without splashing the cash a bit.
Though I'm still managing to avoid doing last years tax.

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« Reply #12 on: 06:43:48, 04/07/20 »
April I know that this will not be news to anyone but you are a lovely, lovely person. Thank you.

I would withhold judgement if I were you until you try the food  ;D

You've blown her cover now..she has a facade of a nasty meanie to keep up

 ;D I take it you didn't camp out then Karl? Weather looks bleak today too  :(
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« Reply #13 on: 08:35:21, 04/07/20 »

Some lovely pics there Ridge.  Just goes to show you can find decent walks anywhere (even between A1 and M1!)


Our 16 days, starting on 23rd August and finishing on 7th September average out at 16.75 miles per day but the longest day is 22 miles so I have deliberately been getting in some longer walks over the last few weeks. All this is, of course, tabulated on an excel spreed sheet with accommodation etc. As I said, not really fussed.
Iím guessing your 22 miles might be Dufton to Alston though we had that down as just under 21 miles? I was a bit worried about walking that far but although it was a tough day I think because we were so far into the walk it was easier. Spreadsheets - my husband has them for all our LDWs, he emails them to me to approve or not!  ;D

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« Reply #14 on: 08:57:17, 04/07/20 »


 ;D I take it you didn't camp out then Karl? Weather looks bleak today too  :(


No but had a soggy walk to Kentmere and then back to catch the train from Staveley. Weather cleared up around lunchtime but it was just having a breather before coming back doubly wet in the afternoon :(
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