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This 3.1 mile circular walk was originally devised by CPRE Herts' former Chairman David Irving and revised by Trustee Eliza Hermann.

The June site is situated in the Green Belt north of Hertford in Bengeo, where a 36 hectare parcel of mainly agricultural land is threatened by a proposal to extract 1.75 million tonnes of gravel over 10 years.

The walk starts and finishes at the car park for Waterford Heath Nature Reserve, which is on Vicarage Lane just east of the railway line.

Throughout 2018, our walk each month will feature the corresponding site in our "Countryside Under Threat" calendar. Our aim is to highlight these sites and raise their profile in aid of local campaigns to prevent their inappropriate development.

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The walk starts and finishes at point A on the map, in the Cole Green Way car park between Cole Green and Letty Green, just south of the A414 between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford. The turning for the car park and picnic area is close to the Cowper Arms pub and adjacent to the former railway bridge.

Our May walk of just under 5¼ miles explores Green Belt countryside in East Hertfordshire and Welwyn Hatfield Districts, to the east of Welwyn Garden City. The proposed Birchall Garden Suburb on the eastern edge of Welwyn GC and spreading out towards Panshanger Lane and the A414 would eventually comprise 2,550 new homes in what is now Green Belt.

Throughout 2018, our walk each month will feature the corresponding site in our "Countryside Under Threat" calendar. Our aim is to highlight these sites and raise their profile in aid of local campaigns to prevent their inappropriate development.

The April site is situated in the Green Belt between Bragbury End and Hooks Cross to the southeast of Stevenage, where a new development of 550 homes is proposed. The walk starts and finishes in the village of Aston, and if timed for late April or early May should feature bluebells in Astonbury Woods.

Throughout 2018, our walk each month will feature the corresponding site in our "Countryside Under Threat" calendar. Our aim is to highlight these sites and raise their profile in aid of local campaigns to prevent their inappropriate development.

 This 4.2 mile circular walk was devised by CPRE Herts' Trustee Eliza Hermann.

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The walk of just over 5½ miles starts and finishes in Eastwick, just off the A414 road 7 miles east of Hertford. The route climbs onto the high land to the north of the Stort valley, taking in Gilston Park and the remote Gilston church, the World War Two airfield at Hundson and Hunsdon village, before returning to Eastwick. It mostly crosses agricultural land and the paths can be muddy after wet weather. There is one stile.

Throughout 2018, our walk each month will feature the corresponding site in our "Countryside Under Threat" calendar. Our aim is to highlight these sites and raise their profile in aid of local campaigns to prevent their inappropriate development.

 

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This 3.5 mile circular walk starts and finishes at the free public car park at Whitwell Recreation Ground on Bradway, just east of the B651 and was devised by CPRE Herts' Trustee Eliza Hermann.

The February site is in Whitwell. Whitwell is a historic village in St Paul's Walden parish in rural North Hertfordshire. Proposal SP2 in the district's emerging local plan would result in 41 new homes being built on open countryside land to the west of the village.

Throughout 2018, our walk each month will feature the corresponding site in our "Countryside Under Threat" calendar. Our aim is to highlight these sites and raise their profile in aid of local campaigns to prevent their inappropriate development.

 

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This circular walk of a little over 4 miles starts and finishes in Tring, just off the A41 in the west of the county.

The route takes in the designed landscape of grassland and woodland in Tring Park, then reaches the highest point in Hertfordshire at 803 feet (244 metres) above sea level, before descending the wooded Chilterns scarp to return to Tring.

All of the route is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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This circular walk of about 5¼ miles starts and finishes in Barkway, which is situated on the B1368 3½ miles south of Royston in the north of the county.

The route takes in the village of Reed with its Saxon church and includes a short detour to enjoy the fine views from the chalk escarpment over the flat land to the north.

There is another short detour to visit the site of a long-abandoned moated settlement, before returning across the fields to Barkway.

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