Join the Friends of Bernards Heath for a guided walk and exploration of this fascinating area’s history, ecology and planning issues at 2pm on Sunday 10 September 2017.
Rendezvous on the open space on Sandridge Road opposite the end of Boundary Road (and the Londis Shop – 92 Sandridge Rd, St Albans AL1 4AP). There is on-street parking nearby.
Amongst other features the walk will explore the legacy of the Peasants Revolt, a battle in the Wars of the Roses, a scheduled ancient monument built by King Cymbeline, military training sites in the 19th and 20th centuries, the industrial archaeology of the former brick making industry and the latest planning threats to parts of the open space. We will also see the different types of land management here and the work of the Friends to promote, preserve and enhance the open spaces.
The walk lasts up to two hours. It broadly follows the footprints shown on the inset map below. It is mostly on pavements and made-up footpaths, but with one optional detour – and rougher going – into the scheduled ancient monument at Beech Bottom Dyke. The walk is accessible for buggies and mobility scooters except for the dyke. Recommended footwear will depend on weather conditions in the days before the walk. Unless there has been heavy rain, ordinary walking shoes should be best.
The walk will end at the King William IV pub at the junction of Sandridge and Beech Roads, where refreshments of all sorts are available all day. It is then a short walk along Sandridge Road to return to the starting point, but there is a No. 657 bus scheduled for 16.11 from the King Will to the Londis shop.
The walk is free, but contributions can be made at the end of it.
The route of the walk is inset, top right.