Welwyn Hatfield sponsored walk just around the corner

PUBLISHED: 17:17 07 April 2016

The Red Lion

The Red Lion


The annual Welwyn Hatfield Rotary Walk, backed by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, takes place on Sunday, April 17.

The WaggonersThe Waggoners

Borough mayor councillor Lynne Sparkes will start the event at 9.30am. at the Campus West Car Park at the entrance to Sherrardspark Woods, Welwyn Garden City.

There are three walks; two miles, six miles and 11 miles, and all take in a variety of scenery and places of interest.

Both the long and medium routes take in the Lea Valley Walk, crossing the golf courses in Brocket Park before climbing up to the Waggoners and Red Lion.

The Waggoners, along with The Shoulder of Mutton, now The Red Lion, were built in the days of the coaching trade as stopping off points on the then Great North Road.

Rotarian John Hopley said: “Built on level ground at the top of the hill from either Lemsford or Welwyn they allowed waggon and stage coach drivers to give their horses a rest after the long drag up the hill.

“From the Red Lion it’s an easy downhill stroll through Sherrardspark Woods to the finish in Campus West Car Park.

“Walkers who choose the shortest route follow the pleasant old railway line through the woods to the Red Lion before returning along the same route.

“Unfortunately we have recently been advised the route is not suitable for wheelchairs along its full length as it is a long steady slightly uphill slope from the Campus to the Red Lion.”

The annual walk is organised by the Rotary clubs of WGC and Hatfield.

All are welcome.

For entry forms and details go to www.whwalk.org.uk, or email info@whwalk.org.uk

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