- Start: Flamstead High Street
- End: Flamstead High Street
- Country: England
- County: Hertfordshire
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub: The Three Blackbirds and The Spotted Dog pubs in Flamstead, The Plume of Feathers pub in Markyate, and The Rose and Crown pub in Trowley Bottom.
- Ordnance Survey: Explorer 182
- Difficulty: Medium
Discover the beautiful rolling countryside of this river valley on a Ver Valley walk...
THIS is one of a series of 8 circular walks on the River Ver and part of the 17-mile long linear River Ver Trail.
The River Ver is a chalk stream, one of only about 200 on the planet and its pure alkaline water supports a very particular mix of flora and fauna.
For 450,000 years, since the Anglian Ice Age, it has flowed (almost) uninterrupted along its valley, south from its source at Kensworth Lynch in the Chiltern Hills, through Markyate, Flamstead, Redbourn, St Albans and Park Street to where it joins with the River Colne near Bricket Wood ultimately to empty into the River Thames near Windsor.
Man has used the river for navigation, for milling, for mineral extraction and for food production these processes mean the river is much changed from its natural state. Today we utilise the Ver in two other ways. Firstly, deep boreholes into the chalk strata (or aquifer) abstract over half of all the water that falls as rain in the area. Secondly, we use the river and its attractive surroundings for simple leisure and pleasure, by walking through its valley or along its banks.
Like a good book, the River Ver has a beginning, middle and end, and associated with its twists and turns many characters come and go; through the Ver Valley walks you can follow the story in eight chapters, from source to confluence, to set the Ver in its local landscape and cultural context. For further information about the Ver and the people who lived near it, past and present, visit www.riverver.co.uk
Why not hear all this and much more on a guided version of the Ver Valley Walks and linear River Ver Trail? They regularly feature as guided walks in the Countryside Management Services Walks and More programme of events at www.hertsdirect.org/walksandmore
Start and finish: Flamstead High Street
Full circular walk: 6 miles (9.7 km)
Time: About 3 hours
Short circular walk: 4 miles (6.5 km)
Time: About 2 hours
OS Map: Explorer 182
Public transport: Flamstead is served regularly by buses from St Albans and Dunstable
Teas, buns, pints and pies
Flamstead: The Three Blackbirds and The Spotted Dog pubs
Markyate: The Plume of Feathers pub
Trowley Bottom: The Rose and Crown pub