Then into the park for a little way, past the Olympic canoeing centre and out onto the road for a very short distance before passing the Abbey itself. Just beyond are what must have been the market square and the old High street which are now pedestrianised and have a historical aura. Here we frequented the aptly named Abbey Cafe.
|Opposite the Abbey cafe|
Leaving here we retraced our route through the park, over the level crossing and into Waltham Cross. Then we turned a different way climbing up a back lane to Goffs Oak. From here down and up another winding country lane with the lovely name of “Bread and Cheese Lane” and onwards wending our way to Hertford.
|puffing up the lane|
After lunch people dispersed in various directions but some of us went back by a fairly direct route to the start at Hatfield. Our optimism had been justified, as it had been a beautiful hot and sunny day perfect for cycling at any time of year but especially welcome in February. The overall distance was approximately 40 miles.