It’s only taken me a year ……. but I finally started & completed half of the Welwyn Garden City centenary walk yesterday! Well almost half, we walked from The Commons Nature Reserve to Digswell. Nicola, Helen & Salsa joined me. Omg the confusion as to how we got started though! We decided to leave a car at our end point and to drive back to the start, with the idea we had a car to get home in. Clearly brain fog clicked in and it took far too long for Nicola and I to figure out who was driving where, and meeting whom. We got there in the end.
What a beautiful day for a walk, and what a beautiful walk for the day!! We loved it. Salsa kept up too, she is a little trooper and loves her walks. It makes me sad to think some chihuahua owners carry their dogs around, Salsa is so capable of long walks, she may be tiny but she is mighty. She trots along happily at my heels, never really leaves me. She dashes off ahead momentarily then scoots back to check in. She is such a cutie, we got so so lucky with her, and are forever grateful to Battersea.
We started our walk in the woods next to my house and followed paths and trails that despite living here for nearly three years, I had never explored. The walk follows mostly ‘green’ paths, with the occasional pop out through houses, or across roads. But it’s mostly in the countryside, and in doggy terms it’s mostly an off lead walk. We walked through fields and woodlands up to Panshanger, and then cut down to the B1000 where we crossed over. We missed a marker at this point and actually walked a longer route. But made our way back to the path we were meant to be on. In my mind as long as we walked further and not less then we still did the walk, right?! No intentional cheating, just a dramatic change in the size of the markers we had been following! I actually drove back later to see where we had gone wrong, and saw a tiny marker which would so easily be missed. I could not resist!
We stopped at Tewinbury Farm in the sunshine for a much needed cuppa and vegan sausage roll – omg they are delicious, well done Tewinbury! It was so nice to sit in the sun and enjoy the music they had on. We were outside the bookable table area, but could still hear the music. It felt almost like real life again. It was such a lovely atmosphere.
Leaving Tewinbury behind we walked alongside and obviously detoured into the bluebell woods too. So despite being so behind in doing this walk, I am so so glad we chose now to do it as I love any excuse for bluebells. It was so beautiful, I love bluebell season, and now am already working out when this week to fit in the children’s bluebell photos.
It was so great to be able to have a catch up with the girls too. We were non stop chat, and photo taking the whole way around, so what in my mind had seemed like it would be a long walk, actually whizzed past. I was sad when it was over and we reached Digswell. But actually the second I sat in my car, ready to drive us home, my legs were so thankful. We had walked 8.8km, i’m not very good at taking it easy with my fibromyalgia, I like to keep going as normally as possible. I can rest today, and have a lazier day. Life is for living, not for feeling sorry for myself. There is too much to do and see. A long soak in the bath has helped this morning.
We are going to complete the walk in a couple of weeks time. I’m excited to get it finished and hopeful for another sunny day. It’s going to be just over 12km, so we shall stop for lunch in Lemsford, and probably for ice creams at Stanborough along the way, as much for us as for Salsa! Then it will no doubt be what next ……. We always have another adventures planned.
To download the Centenery Walk visit https://bit.ly/3vjjRxi I really recommend it, it’s a very pretty walk, really beautiful countryside and so nice to check out some more routes around the local area. I shall be doing the walk again in smaller chunks with the children to. They like a challenge and a map, and we can mark off each section as we do it. All the outdoors hours are great as we add them to our total for our 1000 Hours Outdoors Challenge.