In 2019, I created and walked a set of nine routes, collectively called Get out of London!. These emanate from Trafalgar Square in the eight compass directions (east being represented on each bank of the Thames, therefore nine routes).
It is now time to start linking them up, using existing named (and, one hopes, waymarked) routes. This is the fourth sector of the circumcardinal walk, from Hemel Hempstead to Maidenhead Bridge.
Here’s the story so far.
WNW sector — Hemel Hempstead to Maidenhead Bridge
(49.17km; 714m ascent)
This sector follows the well-waymarked Chiltern Way (with the exception of a short-cut of less than 500m on the Hertfordshire Way north-east of Flaunden) all the way to Cookham, where the downstream Thames Path is joined to Maidenhead Bridge (and on to Windsor).
|13: Hemel Hempstead to Chorleywood — 16.02km; 257m ascent|
Largely rural, with short street interludes
|14: Chorleywood to Penn — 15.09km; 249m ascent|
Fields and woodland, with short street interludes
|15: Penn to Maidenhead Bridge — 18.11km; 216m ascent|
Fieldpaths and lanes to Cookham, then streets and riverside
< Back to NNW — Hatfield to Hemel Hempstead
These are the walk days for this sector.
- Day 12 — Hemel Hempstead to Chalfont St Giles (20.55km; 301m ascent)
- Day 13 — Chalfont St Giles to Penn— plus detours (11.01km; 206m ascent)
- Day 14 — Penn to Holtspur (6.12km; 102m ascent)
- more to follow
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