Stage 1: Leagrave Common to Welwyn Garden City — Lea Valley Walk
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
June 22, 2020
Stage 1 takes you from the source of the River Lea, through Luton, and crosses the county boundary from Bedfordshire into Hertfordshire. Whilst all the hikes in this Collection are similar in terms of effort and duration, the first stage is challenging with 17.2 miles (27.7 km) of distance, 325 feet (99 m) of uphill and 500 feet (152 m) of downhill. (For a suggestion on how to split the stage, see below). From Well Head, on Leagrave Common, the trail follows the green scenery of the Lea Valley. After Wardown Park, you follow the A6 road through the town centre; past the Grade I-listed St Mary's Church and the runways of Luton Airport.The trail heads through open countryside to Harpenden, cuts through Batford Springs Nature Reserve, and traverses fields to Wheathampstead, where you find a couple of good pubs to fortify you for the final 5 miles (8 km). You then follow the valley through pleasant countryside and over Brocket Hall Park golf course before crossing the River Lea at Lemsford. The final stretch takes you past Stanborough Lake North and Stanborough Lake South to finish outside Welwyn Garden City, where you find a range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions. If you wish to split the hike, Harpenden has places to stay and a good choice of food and drink establishments.
June 24, 2020