Thirteen stalwarts continued our walk along the Icknield Way long distance path at the weekend, carrying our overnight essentials on our backs. Luckily the weather forecast was clement so we took the risk of dispensing with serious waterproofs and fleeces and travelled light (well, some of us travelled lighter than others). Things were going smoothly when the train pulled in at Great Chesterford Continue reading SATURDAY 24th/25th: ICKNIELD WAY STAGE SIX: GT. CHESTERFORD to DULLINGHAM (LINEAR) W/E
Fifteen PolyRamblers and one guest turned out for stage five of the Icknield Way on Saturday. Heading east from Royston, the weather seemed more promising than forecast and we were soon shedding waterproofs and fleeces. We passed the Greenwich Meridian line and then left the busy A505 to head across country, following field edges and green lanes. Soon we left Hertfordshire for Continue reading SATURDAY 22nd APRIL: ICKNIELD WAY: ROYSTON to GREAT CHESTERFORD
Thirteen walkers turned out for stage four of the Icknield Way on Saturday. I decided to skip a couple of miles of road walking from Letchworth and start at Baldock, so cutting the distance from 14 miles to a more manageable 12. The weather was coolish so good for walking, though a little chilly for sitting around.
We started down Baldock’s impressive high street, passing an enormous Tesco with an unusual Art Deco façade. We headed north east on a gently undulating route through poppy fields, soon Continue reading Saturday 18 June: Icknield Way Stage 4 – Baldock to Royston (Herts)
After several days of warm sunshine mid-week, the weekend was heralded by a drop in temperature of at least 10 degrees and the steady rain was turning to sleet as twelve walkers waited for the bus from Luton to Streatley. We spent a couple of hours trudging through the rain, including an unintentional 3/4 mile detour through Sainsburys carpark (thanks Geoffrey for guiding us out of there). As we crossed the county boundary from Bedfordshire into Continue reading Saturday 16 April: Icknield Way Streatley to Letchworth
Stuart and I met 13 walkers at Luton station on a warm, sunny Saturday morning for stage 2 of the Icknield Way. A 15 minute trip on the guided busway took us back to Dunstable where we finished in May. A long green lane took us to steep steps to cross the A5 and we continued north, stopping briefly to try some delicious cultivated blackberries growing just above a sewage works. Later we had to negotiate the diggers starting work on the A5/M1 link road. Soon we reached the Plough Inn at Wingfield for a very pleasant lunch.
The next landmarks to cross were the M1 and the parallel London/Bedford railway line. Before long we were in the village of Upper Sundon where we left Lucy, Peter and Val to wait for their bus (probably in the pub opposite the bus stop). The rest of the group ploughed on (no time for a drink) through Sundon Hills Country Park with views of the Sharpenhoe Clappers. Eventually we made it down to the outskirts of Streatley but sadly there wasn’t quite enough time to visit the village and pub before catching the bus back to Luton. Look out for stage 3 next spring.
Thanks to Dominique for all photos