Saturday, January 7, 2023

Thursday 5th January, Flamstead to Redbourne, 7 miles. 10 ramblers, led by Ruth

I had promised a mud free walk: it didn’t quite work out that way as the early part through the Flamstead village dog-walking routes were quite churned up after the recent snow and rain, but soon we left the mud behind and headed up-hill across grass to cross the M1 and then into Redbourne.  We walked along the high street, and turned west at the end to pick up the ‘Nickey Line'; a disused railway track that runs from Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead. 

This was a good surface for walking and we got to the Redbourne Church as the clock struck 11.45. There was a funeral taking place, but we hid on the seats of the memorial garden for our coffee and snack.  As we left, we passed the wake in the church hall and wondered if there would be any left-overs?   We were back on firm surfaces as we re-crossed the M1 and then fields and woods back to Flamstead.  A steep downwards slope looked muddy and slippery, but it turned out to have gravel under the surface and all was well.

We finished the walk along the Flamstead streets, not wanting to risk another muddy path. The rain started just as we were heading off in the cars, so satisfying!

The knitted village sign

Track of walk, walked in clockwise direction

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