The Valliant Trooper Sunday 6 May
With May spring has truly arrived, and the lambing season should be over, once again we can make our pilgrimage to the Valliant Trooper.
We take the train to St Albans, pass through the ancient Roman remains, and set our sights for the through road to Gorhambury house.
This gated road is closed to traffic, and we wind our way through the estate, past the current Gorhambury house http://www.hha.org.uk/Property/869/Gorhambury-House and on to the old house http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/old-gorhambury-house/
If you enjoy what you see on the estate as we make our way out, look out for this
http://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/property/gorhambury/ , which may well suit your pocket.
We leave the estate to ride under the M1 as it thunders North, and take a look to see if the Ovaltinies are at home in this classic piece of architecture. http://www.kingslangley.org.uk/ovaltine.html and if you need to be reminded what they sounded like, find them here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLji09b4lyk&feature=related please do practice as we have a sing along when we get there.
Through and around Bovingdon Airfield, a WWII airfield now home to a car boot sale, a prison, once the site for filming http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051839/ amongst may others.
Passing Berkhamstead we eventually find our way to the lunch http://www.valianttrooper.co.uk/
After lunch we’ll make our through Ashridge forest http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge/ to the college which shares its’ name and we plan to visit the gardens, time permitting, http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/ashridge_garden
Train back from Berkhamstead as dusk settles.
Bermondsey Square 08.30 departure