One early summer’s morning, on the very last day of May, I took a train from Ely to the village of Watton-at-Stone with the intention of walking the 12 or so miles north to the market town of Baldock. All of this within the county of Hertfordshire, just north of London.
I arrived at Watton just after 10am, it was still cloudy and overcast but the BBC weather page had promised sun later in the day. I had bravely chosen to wear my shorts for the first time this year in the hope of catching some summer warmth.
I left Watton via the pretty River Beane, that’s someone’s garden lawn on the right hand side of the photo, lucky sods!
Very soon I was walking along the ridges of rolling Hertfordshire hills. By midday the clouds had cleared and the sun made a glorious appearance…
Yes, I know 0ilseed rape is a mono-crop and can be seen everywhere in the south of England but the yellow flowers are so brilliantly bright…
…and in the sun the fields and surrounding trees and hedgerows look stunning.
Just outside the village of Ardeley the path took me through a wood.
After Ardeley the path turns into a green corridor running between fields. It was time for lunch, I made a cuppa tea and ate a Cornish pasty.
The corridor runs for a good six miles or so and took me almost all the way to Baldock.
Along the way I saw hawks and hares and some good looking spots for wild camping.
There aren’t many of these corridors left now and the good people of Hertfordshire are lucky to have this one.
Just before arriving at Baldock I realised I’d joined the Icknield Way (third marker on the post), a long-distance (well, 110 miles) walk I plan to do in the future.
I arrived in Baldock just after three and jumped on the train back home. My first hike of the summer!