Walking in circles in Stanborough and Mill Green
PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 February 2013
If you need to blow away the cobwebs and burn off some that Christmas excess, try a circular walk in Stanborough and Mill Green...
WALKING on a regular basis helps you become fit and keeps you healthy, so step out into the countryside on your doorstep with this short walk around Stanborough, past field, farmland and woodland. The walk takes you out of Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City into Stanborough Park and surrounding countryside. What better way to get fit than discovering your local area. Some of the route is based on Rights of Way across private land - so remember to stick to the path at all times.
Why not make your walk part of a day out at Stanborough Park? With many activities available from boating, sailing, picnicking or swimming in the open air pool during the summer. The lakes themselves attract plenty of wildlife - look out for the information boards next to the caf area. Toilet facilities are available.
Lea Valley Walk
Part of the walk route through Stanborough Park is on the Lea Valley Walk a 50-mile regional route from the Thames to the source of the Lea at Luton. This walk follows towpaths, field paths, former railway tracks and park paths and many public rights of way.
Mill Green Museum
Virtually adjacent to the main walk route, Mill Green Museum is well worth a visit. It can be reached via a short detour from Chequers by taking the path from the A414 bridge down to Bush Hall Lane.
Stanborough Reed Marsh
The walk passes Stanborough Reed Marsh twice where it crosses the River Lea. Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust run this nature reserve on behalf of Welwyn Hatfield Council. It is at the southern end of Stanborough Park and is reached from the car park by following the path between the lake and the river.
The reserve is composed of willow woodland, river bank and fine reed marsh. The wet woodland consists mainly of various types of willow, some of which have been pollarded in the past. The wet, peaty soil is rich in nutrients that are responsible for the fast growth of vegetation, such as great hairy willowherb and meadowsweet. On the far side of the river the reed marsh is clearly visible and this is an important habitat for large numbers of reed and sedge warblers which nest here in summer. In winter water rails are heard and reed and corn buntings gather to roost in the evening.