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Cycle Route

Literary Landscapes

Literary Landscapes


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High Street,
AL6 9


This cycle ride (part of the Great North Way) starts from the historic town of Welwyn. From here the route heads west along the valley of the River Mimram, into the foothills of The Chilterns, an area of unspoilt countryside retaining its rural atmosphere. Linked along narrow lanes are pretty villages, farmsteads and bluebell rich woodlands. This probably gave literary inspiration to playwright George Bernard Shaw whose hidden retreat can be visited. Along this route you can discover a 3rd C. Roman bathing suite, wander in the gardens of the late Queen Mother's childhood home and explore Sir Lionel's Palladian church.

Cycle Route: Welwyn-Codicote-Rableyheath-Old Knebworth-St Paul's Walden-Hitch Wood-Minsden Chapel-Preston-King's Walden-Breachwood Green-Kimpton-Ayot St Lawrence-Ayot St Peter

Access: Day ride - moderate, circular; on roads.

Miles: 25



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Map reference: TL 231162  Lat: 51.83103 Long: -0.21495