Now 100% recovered from that pesky kidney stone business I am back with my JWalking partner hiking and stomping through the Hertfordshire woodlands. We are starting to build up the walks again as ten weeks of short outings takes it’s toll on your stamina but we’re getting there. The incredibly beautiful countryside all around us seriously helps though.
Tewin Woodland Walk
We can’t quite believe that less than ten minutes walk away finds you in quiet woodland and gentle rolling hills. Seems amazing. I think it’s probably because Welwyn Garden City was planned and designed rather than allowed to evolve. So the edge of the town is obvious and where the countryside begins. Brilliant.
After the Burnham Green Circuit last week (City of Trees) we headed off north to walk to the delightful village of Tewin. Past the impressive Digwell Viaduct through Digswell Water, up across Dawley Plantation to climb through Dawley Woods down to Margery Green and into Tewin.
Sunshine all the way and hardly another soul in any direction. Just us and the birds. Glorious.
Tewin dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and was mentioned in the Domesday Book as both Tewinge and Theinge. It’s a typical small English village with a village green, memorial hall, village shop, and of course a pub. Being so close to Welwyn it’s commutable to London so house prices are sky high but it’s absolutely lovely.
We explored a few footpaths before heading for the village stores and being the first people to sit in their covered garden ordering a cappuccino since the lockdown rules eased this very morning. Felt a bit weird sitting without masks on but it was a real treat. Must be six months since we’ve done anything like this.
Always take the weather
So a gentle wander across the village green and back onto the footpath in the sunshine before suddenly all hell let loose. The sky turned black! The wind appeared from nowhere! The temperature seemed to plunge! And then the rain came!
Within seconds it was torrential and we were soaked to the skin. Hardly having time to put our coats on and cover up and with no shade as we were in the middle of fields we just ploughed on. After a couple of minutes you get so wet that it really doesn’t matter anymore and we actually ‘sort of’ enjoyed it. No point in getting grumpy is there when there’s nothing you can do?
A fifteen minute walk took us back into woodland and a semblance of cover but as soon as we were there the rain stopped! Typical. Then the sun appeared again and the rest of the walk was nice although wet jeans and jackets left us feeling a little soggy.
Our nine mile walk started out overcast and cloudy, turning into a roasting hot blue-sky hike, before the wind arrived and brought the clouds back, resulting in torrential driving rain and darkness, and finally ending in a return of the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter all in a few hours.
How many years?
And finally, as the Two Ronnies always said, it was our wedding anniversary a couple of days ago. Thirty Nine years! Not too shabby eh? And hasn’t Jo done well to keep going for so long? We don’t really celebrate these days but next year may be the exception as it’s a real milestone. What do you think we should do?
Little did we know where life would lead us back then!
15/05/82 – 15/05/2021