Five countryside pub walks in the Welwyn Hatfield area to try
PUBLISHED: 07:23 18 March 2017
With reasonable weather forecast for the weekend and signs of spring appearing everywhere, many people will be planning a walk through our superb countryside.
Here are five attractive country pubs that will make excellent lunch stops for gentle country walks around the Welwyn Hatfield area.
1 – THE BROCKET ARMS, AYOT ST LAWRENCE
Start from either Ayot Green or Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, and follow The Ayot Greenway former railway. Turn right when the path crosses over a bridleway on a bridge. Make sure you admire the wild daffodils and wood anenomes currently in flower in the Stocking Springs Wood nature reserve. The last bit of the path can be muddy, but you soon arrive in this charming village, where you can visit Shaw’s Corner, photograph a picturesque ruined medieval church, and enjoy a superb pub with a large garden.
2 – JOHN BUNYAN, COLEMAN GREEN
Thanks to the borough council’s Local Plan, the attractive countryside around Symondshyde Farm may well be built on soon, so enjoy it while you still can. Park in Symondshyde Lane before following the path from the farm across fields and through woodland to the McMullen’s pub in this tiny hamlet. Take a snap of the ruined cottage where the 17th century religious writer John Bunyan is said to have preached. You can extend the walk to Nomansland Common or Wheathampstead if you have time and energy.
3 – THE GRANDISON, BRAMFIELD
Certainly not the cheapest food, but arguably one of the best pubs for quality. The village church is also worth visiting, as it was once the living of the 12th century martyr Thomas Beckett. Bramfield Woods are very attractive and support plenty of birdlife but make sure you take a map to navigate the maze of paths. Start in Tewin or, for a longer walk, from Digswell.
4 – THE CANDLESTICK, WEST END LANE, ESSENDON
A mere stroll from Mill Green, but be very careful crossing the A414 before taking the path along the River Lea from the Lewis Tyler timber yard. A rather longer walk would start by following the Cole Green Way cycle path from Cole Green Lane, WGC to Letty Green, and reaching the pub by following a lane down to the B158, and following the path across the golf course. The pub offers impressive views of the surrounding countryside.
5 – THE PLOUGH, TYTTENHANGER GREEN
Follow the Alban Way former railway from Hatfield to Hill End Lane on the outskirts of St Albans and take Hixberry Lane, which meets the road just a few yards to the south and soon becomes at attractive, but potentially muddy, path. Very few pubs in Hertfordshire offer a better choice of traditional beer, and the garden has a nice children’s play area. The route also makes a fairly gentle cycle suitable for children.