Oxfam Herts Hike 2008 – part two
The second instalment of the Oxfam Herts Hike…
Walking steadily north we met some horses and, just before the hike path turned back south, came to a pub with fantastic flowerbeds. Good tea as well.
There has been a debate about changing flight routes to and from Luton, with planes flying low over the countryside rather than over cities. Apparently some bright soul reasoned that because there are more people in cities, fewer people would be disturbed by the planes in the countryside, completely disregarding the obvious, that is, that the difference in the overall noise the plane makes flying over the city is much smaller than when flying over the countryside. I thought that the changes were only being planned at this stage, but some must already have been done, because what used to be a quiet landscape last year is now a place with aircrafts droning overhead every ten minutes or so. I noticed the same thing recently at the Ashridge Estate. Dreadful. I do hope these mad changes can be reversed.
Look closely at the first photo below to see just how many different farm animals there are (click on the photo to get a larger version). The second photo shows a scene worthy of a neo-classical painting, just as the church in the background is neo-classical. It is the St Lawrence church in Ayot St Lawrence. Below, a tree stump with mushrooms (magic mushrooms?) and huge straw bales in evening light.
The end of the hike… the stream above is the river Lea, close to Wheathampstead.