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This year our walks will explore more of Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside and diverse landscapes.

 

"This 5 mile 'figure of eight' walk takes in several woods and fields in the southwest of the county in the Three Rivers and Watford Districts.
The walk also includes the Grand Union Canal towpath and the Nature Reserve in Cassiobury Park. A shorter walk is possible by doing either one, but not both, of the loops in the 'figure of eight'.  Start and finish are at Whippendell Woods car park on Grove Mill Lane, north of Watford. The walk can also be accessed using public transportation: take the Metropolitan Underground Line to its terminus at Watford Station and then walk through Cassiobury Park.  Although CPRE did this walk in February and it was lovely then, optimal timing may be late April / early May when the woods should be carpeted in bluebells." 

Take part in the Star Count 2019


CPRE is holding a Star Count in February, and you can take part by looking up at the night sky and recording how many stars you can see in Orion.

You can do this from anywhere in England. The best time to do the count is from 2-9 February, when the moon is smallest, so the skies are darkest!

The results will help to create a new national map to show how light pollution affects everybody’s views of the night sky. Read more>

This year our walks will explore more of Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside and diverse landscapes.

The first for 2019 is a circular walk of 4¾ miles, starting in Wallington, which is located about three miles due east of Baldock in north Hertfordshire, and also visiting Clothall. 

The Friends of Danesbury Local Nature Reserve (FOD) is a volunteer group which has been organising monthly Work Parties throughout the year for some 20 years. Notices of our meetings are advertised in the community, and on the Nature Reserve itself. We are currently about 20 members strong, but over the years numbers have fluctuated. But we gain added support from other local volunteer groups: the Friends of Mardley Heath and the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens. when we schedule more demanding project-based work.

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Our December walk of just under 4½ miles starts and finishes in Bencroft Wood West car park and runs through well-wooded countryside in Broxbourne Borough to the west of the A10 and south of Hertford.

The route is relatively flat with a few short ascents and descents.

This 3.4 mile circular walk takes in some of the rolling open countryside and woodland in the middle of the county.  The walk is centred on rural Symondshyde for which the submitted Welwyn Hatfield District Local Plan proposes a new settlement of 1130 homes.  The local campaign group Save Symondshyde and CPRE Herts continue to campaign against this damaging proposal, which would remove a swathe of rural countryside from the Green Belt.  The walk starts and finishes in Coleman Green, southeast of Wheathampstead.

Our October walk is at Bygrave Common in North Hertfordshire, to the northeast of Baldock.  The walk is easily accessible by public transport as it starts and finishes at Baldock railway station.  Bygrave Common is an area of the Green Belt for which the submitted North Hertfordshire Local Plan proposes 2,800 new homes along with a retail centre, school, doctors surgery and other infrastructure.  If developed, it would destroy the landscape and its wildlife habitats, remove high grade agricultural land from production, cause coalescence of Lower Bygrave with Baldock, and nearly double the physical footprint of Baldock.

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Winter on the River Gade at Water End by ElizabethHamilton