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|The Ver and Verulamium|
|Author: NickC, Published: 26 Mar 2013||Walk Rating:|
|Hertfordshire, St. Albans|
|This short circular route offers a mix of footpath and park walking, offers magnificent views of the city's cathedral, as well as a chance to get up close and personal with some of the old Roman Wall that used to surround the city. These days the River Ver is a modest waterway, but it was once significant enough to encourage the Romans to settle here and to name their city after it. Following it on this walk allows you to explore a lesser known part of the city, as well as the opportunity to spot wildlife on Verulamium Lake. |
The walking is relatively easy, using established footpaths and a section of disused railway line, as well as a short stretch of built up path amongst housing. There are some steps, but nothing too onerous. You can park in the public car park for the Museum, but a better option may be to start at the 16th century Kingsbury Mill, famous for its waffle house. Allow an hour and a half for the walk.
Approach the Roman side of the city by the A4147 in the south west (the Hemel Hempstead road), following signs for the museum, where there is an option to park. Kingsbury Mill sits on St. Michael's Street after about 200 yards.
|Start to The Lake|
Start point: 51.7544 lat, -0.3522 long
Start by the bridge outside the Mill and head up the hill towards the church.
|The Lake to Ye Fighting Cocks|
Start point: 51.7524 lat, -0.3506 long
Continue with the lake to your right and the river to your left. There is no shortage of birdlife here, primarily various breeds of ducks, geese and swans, and herons have been known to nest on the islands out in the middle. In fact, the sheer quantity of birdlife became a problem and action had to be taken around the turn of the millennium to redress the ecological balance.
|Ye Fighting Cocks to Old Swimming Baths|
Start point: 51.7489 lat, -0.3469 long
Head back to the lake and continue briefly along its southern edge to the public toilets (sometimes open, sometimes not!). Just after these, take the footpath fingerpost to the left and shortly after bear left into some trees. The river is now freed from its concrete banks in the park and bubbles away contentedly. Stick with the river until you reach an elegant wooden bridge, which you cross.
|Old Swimming Baths to Westminster Lodge|
Start point: 51.7458 lat, -0.3358 long
Bear right and cross over the river and then cross over the road before picking up the path on the other side, going down a set of steps. Follow the clearly marked path until you reach an old railway bridge. Turn left and climb some steps which bring you out onto a disused railway line.
|Westminster Lodge to End|
Start point: 51.746 lat, -0.3451 long
Continue past the Leisure Centre and along the upper part of an athletics track and head towards the lake, which should now be visible. Aim left, crossing over a track, and you will see various sections of preserved Roman Wall, a reminder that the park was once the site of the old Roman City, the more modern city's location being driven more by the sighting of the cathedral to the country's first Christian martyr, which, as was the custom, was placed on top of the hill. Alban himself was in fact a Roman soldier who refused to surrender his Christianity.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
I think one or two lefts and rights got muddled but otherwise a lovely walk.
|By colart on 04 Aug 2015|
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