Monday, 21 August 2017

Greenacre Walks - Walk the Alban Way


 Walk the Alban Way

Sunday 1st October 2017.
We will meet in the car park Mill Hill Broadway station 11-20am
where we will purchase group cheap day return tickets
(Entrance Bunns Lane)

The Greenacre autumn literary walk continues our theme of following disused railway lines but this time something slightly different - we take the train from Mill Hill Broadway three stops up the line to St Albans where we will find the 'Alban Way'. We read poetry too! We are getting a special party rate £4.10 from Thames Link Trains, this means staying in the group there and back. Otherwise it will cost you more.

We pass many green spaces – cemetery, schools, parks. - and Hill End Garden of Rest. This used to be a cemetery where mental patients were buried in unconsecrated, unmarked graves. It’s now part garden of remembrance and part nature reserve. 

Marconi works used to be near here. New housing is built very close to and/or encroaching on the old line which is now very narrow in places.

We leave the line at Hixbury Lane and head for Highfield Park. This is extensive parkland which was once hospital grounds and is now run by a trust and open to the public. Old hospital buildings are now residential. 

We go through garden suburbs to a footpath across Verulam Golf Club and back to The Alban Way. Good views of River Ver from Alban way. Under bridge and back to St Albans City Station for the finish.

Total distance of loop, station to station – 4.9 miles.

Don't forget to bring a bus pass or Oyster card and a bottle of water! The cost of this walk is £3-50 per person.

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