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CPRE Herts. responses to significant planning applications in August 2018 are stored here

Our August Walk of the Month is a 4.5 mile out-and-back linear walk on the middle portion of The Nickey Line, starting and finishing in Redbourn and taking in some of the northern part of the "East Hemel" Green Belt area threatened with development.

CPRE Herts. responses to significant planning applications in July 2018 are stored here
CPRE Herts. responses to significant planning applications in June 2018 are stored here

Our July walk of just under 6¾ miles, created by Elizabeth Hamilton explores Green Belt countryside in North Hertfordshire District to the north of Stevenage. There is an optional detour into the Stevenage Borough Council area to see more of Forster Country, the open countryside between Graveley and the edge of Stevenage.

The walk described starts and finishes in the village of Weston, runs along part of the Hertfordshire Way passing through the deserted mediaeval village of Chesfield, and also visits Graveley.

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


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.

The walk is also easily accessible by public transport. From Hertford North rail station walk 1 mile to the northeast through Bengeo to the junction of Sacombe Road and Wadesmill Road, and begin the circular walk from there.

Although the walk is mostly level and there are no stiles, there are a few short ascents and descents and one set of steps.

CPRE's full and summary response to the Government's National Planning Policy Framework consultation





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