Stevenage Walking Festival

This is the Stevenage Walking Festival, put together by members if Stevenage Leisure 50, North Herts Ramblers and Stevenage Wellbeing walks group, and with the support of Stevenage Borough Council.

With a choice of walks, walkers can walk every day for a week, all locally on their doorstep. Stevenage has some fine walking areas, both within the boundaries of the Borough, and in the surrounding countryside.

Stevenage, England
From May 6 to
May 14, 2023
9 days
/ 31 routes
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Stevenage Walking Festival

PROGRAM 2022

Saturday 7 May

Family Trail

A Geocache style activity for the whole family to enjoy. The trail can take between 1 hour / 1½ hour.

Fairlands Valley Park, outside Costello’s Café. Open participation between 11 am and 3 pm.

Leisure Team 01438 242952

Dog Friendly 5 miles

Morning walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.
10.00 am. Red Lion, Breachwood Green.SG4 8NU.
Candace Harding 07791 470834 Cathie Webber

Medium 5.5 miles

A walk from Essendon West End onto the River Lea Valley, passing Home Park Wood.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Terry Ingle 01438 225738

Long 10 miles

From Peters Green to Harpenden, passing Someries Castle, and along part of the Upper Lea Valley walk,
9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.
Gabriela Lovelace 01462 432071 07788 505045

Sunday 8 May

Short 4 miles

An interesting walk from Manor Farm car park, with lovely views, going through woodland and Willian Arboretum.
9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.
Pat Biggins 01462 677579 07752 587759

Long 8 miles

Led by Stag Walkers, a Ramblers group for walkers mainly in their 20s, 30s and slightly lder. From Stevenage the route goes through undulating countryside to Graffidge wood and Knebworth Park.Dogs welcome on a lead.

10.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start or 11.00 am at Meadway Playing Fields, Redcar Drive, SG1 2EN
Al Maceachern stagwalkers@gmail.com

Evening History 2 hours

Stevenage in the Second World War. Numbers limited. Must be booked in advance. Call Carol
Stokes on 01438 353666.
6.30 pm. Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Stevenage Old Town. SG1 3DB.

Monday 9 May

Wellbeing 1.5 hour

A gentle paced walk to Aston. 9.45 am for 10.00 am start. Poplars Surgery next to Sainsburys

Pauline Smith Lorna Wormald 01438 242938

Medium 6 miles

A circular walk from Waterford Heath to Chapmore End and Stapleford, returning along the River Beane.
9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

David Stock 01438 814595

Long 6.5 & 5 miles

Friends of Hertfordshire Way Figure of eight walk from Codicote. To Rabley Heath, Old nebworth and Knebworth Park in the morning, to Ayot St. Lawrence and Kimpton Mill in the afternoon.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start, or The
John Clements Sports and Community Centre, Bury Lane, Codicote, SG4 8XY for start at 10.00 am

Ken Osborne 07793 366170

Evening History 2 hours

A repeat of Sunday’s walk. Numbers limited. Must be booked in advance. Call Carol Stokes on 01438 353666.

6.30 pm. Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Stevenage Old Town. SG1 3DB. Hugh Madgin

Tuesday 10 May

Short 3.5 miles

A gentle paced walk through the countryside from Burnham Green to Tewin.

9.45 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Dave Ellis 01438 726322

Medium 6.8 miles.

From Pirton over Telegraph Hill, across rolling fields and woodland with splendid views across Pegsdon Hills.

9.45 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Peter IngramTedd 01438 226436

Long 9.5 miles

A walk from Bayford, through Little Berkhamsted, Letty Green, and along the River Lea to ayford Hall and Broadgreen Wood.
9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Mike Shelley 01438 358100 07812 739085

Wednesday 11 May

Wellbeing

A 30 minute gentle warm up walk, followed at 10.30 am with a one hour brisk step out walk. 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start at Costello’s Café, Fairlands Valley Park.

Carole Willsher 07778 877814

Short 4.4 miles

Morning pub walk organised and led by Mid Herts Footpath Society. From the Robin Hood and Little John at Rabley Heath, through Knebworth Park.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Carol Stokes 01438 353666 07813 800874

Medium 7 miles

Morning pub walk organised and led by Mid Herts Footpath Society. From the Fisherman at Fishers Green to Norton Green, St Pauls Walden and Almshoebury.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Mike Shelley 01438 358100 07812 739085

Evening Dog Friendly 5 miles

Evening walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

6.30 pm. Bird in Hand, Gosmore. SG4 7QG Candace Harding 07791 470834

Thursday 12 May

Medium 6.5 miles.

A mainly flat walk along the River Beane, then skirting Astonbury Wood and across the golf course back to Chells via Aston End.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Pat Rumpus 07864 085193

Long 12 miles

A circular walk around Hitchin, following HOOP. (Hitchin Outer Orbital Path).

10.00 am Hitchin, Market Square. (From Stevenage Bus Station catch 100 bus at 0918).

Leon Fotiadis 07525 796814

Friday 13 May

Short 4.5 miles

Led by Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group. A walk from Jordan’s Mill, around Broom Lakes, with the opportunity to see water birds.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Dennis Cannon 01462 629483

Long 10 miles

A varied walk from Mardley Heath, through woods and fields, with good views.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Pat Hoar 01438 367139 07814 370812

Evening 4 miles

A walk on pavements to reacquaint ourselves with some of the sculptures and art in Stevenage.

6.00 pm outside Greggs, by the Fountain. 27, Town Square SG1 1BP

Carole Willsher 07778 877814

Saturday 14 May

Dog Friendly 5 miles

Morning walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

10.00.am. Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence. AL6 9BT

Jenny Mason 01438 871580

Short 5 miles

Wallington to Clothalll, with great views from the Icknield Way. See George Orwell’s cottage and the real “Animal Farm”.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Peter IngramTedd 01438 226436

Medium 6.3 miles

Friends of Forster Country. Walk along footpaths which E. M. Forster loved as a child. From St Nicholas Church to Chesfield then Damask Green and Graveley.

10.30 am. By steps to St. Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane, Stevenage. SG1 4DA.

John Spiers 01438 350217

Challenge Long 18 miles

“The Howard Way”. Letchworth Garden City to Welwyn Garden City: fountain to fountain. Get
sponsorship for this walk. Download a form from the Festival website.

8.30 am Letchworth GC, Broadway Fountain. From WGC catch train to Letchworth GC dep at 0756. (Check timetable)

Gabriela Lovelace 01462 432071 07788 505045

Sunday 15 May

Tracks Autism Walk 1 hour

Wheelchair and dog friendly stroll in Fairlands Valley. Squash and biscuit (and loo) break at Canyon Scout Activity Centre

11.00 am at Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) Mervyn Terrett 01438 369173

Up to 4 miles

This walk will provide photographic opportunities for all, including camera phones and compact cameras.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Chris Young 07508 471928

Medium 5.5 miles

A walk from Fairlands Valley, through woods, parks and lanes of Stevenage.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground). Carol Stokes 01438 353666 07813 800874

Long 11.5 miles

A circular walk from Mardley Heath, through the Knebworth Estate on the new paths, and then skirting Codicote,

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Peter Hill 07941 889066

Stevenage, England

BASIC INFORMATION

Stevenage Walking Festival

North Herts Ramblers

North Herts Ramblers is the local walking group of the Ramblers. Join us and you automatically become a member of the nationwide Ramblers Association, with its many benefits. For more information and full walks programme see www.nhrg.org.uk

Stevenage Leisure 50

Leisure 50 walk throughout the whole of the year, meeting on alternate Tuesdays, offering three different lengths of walks, Long, Medium and Short. For the more active members, we also offer the chance to go away for a week’s walking holiday somewhere else in the UK. The programme is available in the Library, the Leisure Centre, or by e-mail from Terry Ingle: terryingle@ntlworld.com

Wellbeing Walks Stevenage

Wellbeing Walks group offers walks around Fairlands Valley Park, aimed at those who require walking as a form of rehabilitation or a way to ease
themselves back into a form of sociable exercise. Look out for our quarterly brochures or visit www.stevenage.gov.uk to find out more information.

TRACKS Autism

TRACKS Autism is a local charity and Early Years centre based in Stevenage. The charity caters for children from the age of 2 who are showing difficulties in communication, social interaction, play and related sensory issues (autism and related conditions). Children do not need a formal diagnosis or a referral to attend. They also provide respite for children’s families and carers during school holidays. www.tracks-autism.org.uk