Meet 10.45 Hitchin Station. Travel by 10.12 Thameslink Cambridge train from Finsbury Park mainline station which is non-stop to Stevenage (arrives Hitchin at 10.38). Otherwise, 10.13 Thameslink Cambridge North multi-stop train from Potters Bar Station (arrives Hitchin 10.43). Buy Off-Peak Day Return from Zone 6 boundary to Hitchin if travelling from Finsbury Park. Note: do not travel to Stevenage via Hertford North as now no through trains on weekdays.
About 8 mile circular walk through varied countryside with an extended lunch stop at Cadwell Lavender Farm. Bring lunch or food available from farm café/shop and option to finish by bus return to Hitchin town centre. Afternoon walk of about 4½ miles is via Ickleford Village, River Oughton and Oughtonhead Common. Leader: Mick Spinks.