Walks, Cycling and Outdoor Activities

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Saturday 21st November


womanbikeSat 21st: Five Miles to Fabulous – women only cycle ride

The final Five Miles to Fabulous Ride of 2015 will celebrate Sustainable St Albans Week with a gently paced women only cycle ride. Route will include the Green Ring, the cycling and walking circular route around St Albans that is now nearing completion. We will try and feature other sustainable features of interest too.

You don’t need to be a member, or book in advance, just turn up with a roadworthy machine, and at this time of year, warm and waterproof clothing. Also some money for the coffee stop – although the rides are gently paced, the group likes to stop for refreshment, typically at a café, jumble sale or garden centre. The leader does like to find interesting places to visit: Distance is nominally five miles, can be more or less, and the route uses traffic free routes and quiet lanes as much as possible. For more information about the rides contact the ride leader Rona Wightman on 01727 836470 or to read about previous bike rides visit www.southhertsctc.org.uk/Cycle/five-miles-to-fabulous. Organised by south Herts CTC – the national Cyclists’ Touring Club. Start 9.30am from Morrisons, Hatfield Road – meet by the cycle stands.


vervalleySat 21st: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust AGM & Members Day 10-3.30pm

The Trust works to create an environment rich in wildlife for everyone across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The AGM is a chance for members to learn about our plans for the future and our achievements this year. Registration from 10.00am and for those who wish to explore our reserve book a place on our 1.30pm guided walk: Book online click here Wilstone Village Hall, Tring, HP23 4PE


CllrChiversLitterPIckCommunity Litter Pick Sat 21st 10.30 – 11.30am

Get together in the fresh air and do something for the good of our community! Cllr Chivers provides the bags, gloves and pickers, or bring your own. Verulamium Park St Albans. Meet at the top of the causeway (the stretch of footpath that leads from the lake to the King Harry Park entrance). Free


Baha'i walkarts Sat28thSpiritual walk with arts and crafts Sat 21st  10.30am

Finding inspiration for arts, value self and environment. 10.30am – 12.30pm
Friends Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans AL1 3UD Organised by the Bah’ai Community St Albans Free


VerParkGuided walk in Verulamium Park Sat 21st  2pm – 3.30pm

Find out how the Park is managed sustainably.  No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07587 632379. 2pm – 3.30pm Meet at Verulamium Museum, St Michael’s, St Albans AL3 5SW Organised by John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Free


Sunday 22nd November


heartwood2Winter Planting Day at Heartwood Forest Sun 22nd  10am – 3pm

Heartwood Forest, Sandridge AL4 9DQ (Meet at the Heartwood Forest car park)
Come and be a part of the creation of Heartwood Forest! Please dress appropriately – it can be cold and muddy. Refreshments are available to buy. No need to book, just turn up on the day and please bring a spade if you have one. For more information please email heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk. Organised by the Woodland Trust Free


ParkSTPickerswasteCommunity litter pick with a recycling twist Sun 22nd Nov 10am – 12pm

Park Street Recreation Ground AL2 2NE . Meet at the carpark Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Please bring gloves and appropriate clothing. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, check with park_street_pickers@yahoo.co.uk. Organised by Park Street Pickers Free


bowmans-lakes-21521Guided walk at Tyttenhanger Lakes Sun 22nd Nov 10.30am – 12.30pm

The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are inviting you to explore the lakes with various winter birds to see so bring your binoculars! No need to book.  In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 01462 623667.  10.30am – 12.30pm Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits, Colney Heath, AL2 1QA
(Meet by the church) Free.


sandridgeSandridge Family Walk Sun 22nd Nov 10.30am – 12.30pm

Jersey Farm Woodland Park, Sandridge.  Join us for a 5km family walk around the beautiful areas of Sandridge. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07789 485052. Meet opposite Woodland House, St Helier Road, Sandridge, AL4 9LQ. Organised by Sandridge Parish Council. 


foodsmilesFoodSmiles Open Day Drop-in Sun 22nd Nov 1pm – 4pm

Hammonds End Farm, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden AL5 2AY FoodSmiles members work together to grow veg and share everything they produce. Come and see the organic growing site, find out about their aims and visions, ask your own home-growing questions. Organised by FoodSmiles St Albans. Refreshments available. Free


Monday 23rd November


VVSActionGroupSopwellManorMeadowsNov14005River Ver conservation Mon 23rd Nov 10am – 1pm

Verulam Golf Course.  Help to clear vegetation blockages and overhanging trees in the
river channel. To book please contact Sue Frearson, team leader (email sue.frearson@ which.net).  Organised by Ver Valley Society Free


Wednesday 25th November


birds-pattern-flight-LeeroyBirds and Wildlife of Cassiobury Park Wed 25th Nov 10.30am-12.30pm

Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18 7LG (Meet in the car park at the end of Gade Avenue) Walk and optional pub lunch. Cassiobury Park is the largest public open space in Watford. To book please email st-albans-rspb@hotmail.co.uk and say whether you would like to car-share to get there (preferred).  Organised by St Albans RSPB Group £1


BricketwoodcommonGuided walk of Bricketwood Common Wed 25th Nov 10.30am – 12pm

Bricketwood Common, Bricket Wood AL2 3XT (School Lane entrance) Find out how the Common is managed sustainably. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07587 632379. Organised by John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Free


aubreyparkExploring Redbourn’s Ancient Iron Fort and Village Museum Wed 25th Nov 1pm – 3pm

Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn AL3 7AF A walk promoting our local sustainability by showcasing the history that lies within our local area. Free refreshments and
cake on arrival. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact Ruth to confirm 07860 357355. Organised by Aubrey Park Hotel and Redbourn MuseumFree


RothamstedTales of Willow 1pm to 4pm Wed 25th Nov

Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden AL5 2JQ An engaging and interactive event covering the past, present and future uses of willow. The event includes a walk to the National Willow Collection, so wrap up well. Book a free ticket via the Eventbrite link http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/events/teatime-tales-willow. Organised by Rothamsted Research. Free


Saturday- 28th November


Baha'i walkartscraftsSat21stSpiritual walk with arts and crafts Sat 28th Nov 10am – 12pm

Harpenden Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpendend AL5 1PD Finding inspiration for arts, value self and environment. Organised by the Bah’ai Community St Albans Free


vervalleyNature Walk Sat 28th Nov 10am – 3pm

How Wood/St Albans Abbey Stations A linear walk (approx. 5 hours): How Wood to St Albans for Ver Valley wildlife. Bring lunch and suitable outdoor clothing – wellies are recommended as it is muddy in several places. Meet at the western end of Hyde Lane in How Wood. Return to How Wood from St Albans by train (£2 with group save). Alternatively, meet at St Albans Abbey station (parking £2.50 all day) at 09:55 to catch the 10.02 to How Wood (£2 with group save). No need to book, but call Call Joe Gray on 01727 790666
(7 – 9pm) if you have any questions. Organised by the British Naturalists Association Free


CDAFruit Tree Pruning Training Session Sat 28th Nov 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Community Garden, Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TT (Next field to Earthworks)
To book, please email Kate.belinis@cdaherts.org.uk. Organised by CDA Herts. Free


Nunnery2Sat 28th Sopwell History Walk – the Norman Connection 1.45pm – 3.30pm

A simple 2/3 mile walk, led by one of Sopwell’s most knowledgeable residents, Chris Pudsey,visiting Sopwell’s historic pointers of interest. Participants will discover how this area of St Albans has been able to maintain a strong ‘rural’ element whilst being part of the residential area of southern St Albans. Meet at Mandeville Drive next to Mandeville JMI School, AL1 2LE. If you intend to come, please contact Jennifer: rykjen@aol.com or 01727 835747 Organised by Sopwell Residents Association. Free

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