15 April 2017

15 Apr 2017: Hatfield to Hertford Fun Ride

We had a nice little turnout for our trip into Hertford. We welcomed back Sybil and said hello to new rider Jane and it was great to see Jon out after his op. Before we set off though, I was very impressed by the motorized bicycle that was chained up at the bike stands. It looked very much like an early Harley, but it was just an industrious human mind at work (see pic).
Motor Bike

The route was very straightforward. We took in Welwyn Garden City, Panshanger, Tewin and Bramfield on our way to Hertford. As we passed through the woods that lay between Tewin and Bramfield where we were treated to a lovely display of bluebells, which seemed to carpet the whole area.  This is an ancient wood and on inspection they turned out to be English bluebells.

The weather was extremely pleasant, and seemed to be the best of the weekend, as we made our happy way into Hertford and arrived at a packed Rose Café. This place never ceases to amaze me and is always busy, always quick and very polite. We had to take over the seats outside, but having said that it was great to sit in the sunshine and a little quieter than inside.

After our break we made our journey back to Hatfield via the Lower Essendon Road, where we said good-bye to Jon and Judy. We turned off to Hertingfordbury and up along the old A414, which goes through Birch Green, Stains Green and Letty Green.

We took in the last part of the Cole Green way, WGC and back into Hatfield. It was a really nice Saturday morning’s ride and I hope that everyone can join me for the next ride in a months’ time, where we will venture down the Alban Way and explore the Ayot Greenway.

Neil 15/04/2017

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