Pete's Walks - Circular walk round Harpenden (page 1 of 2)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this walk on Monday, 4th January 2010. It was a  repeat of my circular walk that 'circumnavigates' Harpenden (well, almost). The route is approximately 13 miles long. I did it in the anticlockwise direction, starting and finishing at Redbourn.

It had been a very cold night, and it took me about a quarter of an hour to scrape the ice from my car before I set off on the short journey to Redbourn. It was about 10am as I started walking from the car park by the cricket pitch on the large common in the village, setting off towards the hamlet of Redbournbury.

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A frozen cricket pitch at Redbourn

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Frozen fields near the start of the path from Redbourn to Redbournbury

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Frozen paddock as the path approaches the A5

Shortly after crossing the A5 (or whatever silly number this section of it is now called) I spotted a Little Egret flying along the river Ver and landing in a tree. I saw one a little nearer to Redbournbury when I first walked this route. A few yards further on a Grey Heron appeared.

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Water meadows in the Ver valley on the way to Redbournbury

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The path to Redbournbury, from just across the A5

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Frozen water meadows - the white dot in the tree is a Little Egret (honest!)

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The watermill at Redbournbury - it looked like they'd finished restoring the waterwheel since I was last here

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The river Ver at Redbournbury

At Redbournbury, I varied from the route I took last time, choosing to use field paths to reach Hatching Green rather than the hard-surfaced  Beesonend Lane.

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Between Redbournbury and Hatching Green

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The path to Hatching Green crossing some frosty fields

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Looking back to the Ver valley from the path to Hatching Green

I walked through a residential street in Hatching Green, crossed the A6, and continued past the golf course on Harpenden Common. I then took the track known as Mud Lane (which didn't live up to its name in these frosty conditions). There was then a bit of a road walk, along Ayres End Lane and then Pipers lane.

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There were actually a few golfers out on the course at Harpenden Common. I saw someone hit a tee shot that  rather flukily bounced over the corner of a bunker.

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Mud Lane, approaching the railway bridge

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Near the end of Mud Lane