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A rural walk to Radlett


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By Adelaide
March 13 2016

In the interests of economy, fitness and the environment, Adelaide gives us a detailed guide to a country walk to Radlett Cricket Club.  Who needs Google or Sat Navs.

Golf is a good walk spoiled, in a quote attributed, probably mistakenly, to Mark Twain. I’m not sure that Twain’s thoughts on cricket are recorded anywhere but perhaps he would have appreciated the 30 minute country walk I took from Borehamwood to Radlett CC for the Kent match last year.  Why did I do it?  To see how easy it was, basically.  And as a service to impoverished supporters who might like getting there for free.

Borehamwood is not high on the tourist wish list, though it does house the studios in which Eastenders and other programmes are made. It also boasts a small Debenhams in one of the retail parks. Not quite as unexpected as Fishpools in the midst of dross at Waltham Cross but a bit of a surprise. 

Borehamwood has always been in Hertfordshire but a fair proportion of its housing was originally built for the LCC/GLC.  It is near enough to London have a couple of London bus routes, which means that you can use your Oyster, Freedom Pass etc. on them. You can also use a Freedom Pass (at least) to get to Borehamwood Station

The 107 runs between Barnet and Edgware. En route from Barnet it serves the highest point in Greater London, at Arkley, then descends to the border at Stirling Corner. However, the bus we want is the 292, which takes a more direct route from Edgware via Mill Hill and the Barnet by pass.  It also serves Borehamwood Station on its way to our intermediate destination at Rossington Avenue.  Not the most attractive of destinations but nice and close to the Green Belt. Take either Rossington Avenue or Wetherby Road to get to the main road Theobald Street then turn right

Where the housing is about to run out, you will see a Public Footpath sign on your left

Take this for a few hundred yards and you emerge into a field with a  well-defined diagonal path.  You are heading for a point near the corner of the field where the railway crosses above the footpath

Go under the railway and continue for a couple of hundred yards, at which point you hit a major road – OK, a major path (note: this is the easiest point to get lost when returning to Borehamwood).  Turn right and this takes you at an angle towards another railway bridge.  But at this point you need to turn left away from the railway. According to the OS map the field on your right has a “short cut” path across it but I could see no sign of this. so I continued along the path to the corner of the field. Then turn right walking along the western edge of the field, with a wood on your left.  A few more minutes and the cricket pitches come into view on the hill ahead. Just carry on past the car parking on your left and you are there, ready for hog roast and ice cream.

The walk is probably not to be recommended when the weather is wet, unless you don’t mind gettting your footwear muddy. Mind you, somebody has told me there is a bus from Potters Bar to Radlett that goes by the ground, so I might try that this year…

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A rural walk to Radlett
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
13/03/2016 19:23
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016:03:28:18:58:14 by BarmierKev.

 
Re: A rural walk to Radlett
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
13/03/2016 22:43
Thank you Adelaide I enjoyed reading this. I'd like to share some of my experiences of travelling to Radlett.

I was attending the last day of a 2nd X1 game against Lanky we were on verge of winning. I took the 292 bus from Edgware and rather than taking the simple option of a train from Boring Wood I got off of bus at end of route Rossington Avenue. The cricket ground was soon within sight and I went for the mentioned footpath. I somehow went slightly off track and was close to railway area with ground even closer in view but no way in. A long detour via climbing fences I shouldn't have took me to game. I arrived in time to see us finish off Lanky with Mala as our captain that day.

There was the time I cycled to Radlett to see the 2s from Edgware. Those hills were harder work then expected. To put it politely I was knackered when I arrived at the ground. Beefy offered lift back which I gratefully accepted , problem was my bike wouldn't fit in his car. I cycled to point where you can pick 107 from Elstree , but wasn't allowed on bus with bike. Cycling all way home I had a dodgy moment close to Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital that thankfully I did not need services from and was relieved to make it home in one peace.

The idea of a taxi this year for BlaKe 7 Kent game with tight deadlines was definitely a good one under the circumstances.



Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

 
Re: A rural walk to Radlett
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
14/03/2016 10:14
A pleasant read on a spring morning.
Probably a good walk to view wildlife as well,will still be the iron horse from St Pancras for me!

 
Re: A rural walk to Radlett
Sussex Seaxe (IP Logged)
14/03/2016 14:09
Ah, the 107; that takes me back. Arkley do, of course, have a fine cricket tradition although a water tower having been built on their ground hundreds of years ago means that they have played elsewhere in the Barnet area for aeons.

 
Re: A rural walk to Radlett
adelaide (IP Logged)
14/03/2016 14:23
I always suspected Kev was from the wrong side of the tracks; now he has confirmed it!

Getting under the railway is of course the crucial part of the walk.


Adelaide

 
Re: A rural walk to Radlett
15/03/2016 12:15
The walk from Kings Cross/ St Pancras along the Canal path to Lords is a delight, having the advantage of being entirely flat and with glimpses of capybaras on the opposite bank. Marauding cyclists and encounters with the strange semi human species that inhabit Camden Town are downsides.

 
Re: A rural walk to Radlett
selincourt (IP Logged)
15/03/2016 12:19
I wonder if a few visitors to Lord's will use the Elizabeth line link at Paddington and walk from there ? There is a possible largely canal side route.

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