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.

Horse in Hertfordshire   Horses in Hertfordshire
Flowerbed   Flowerbed

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.

Farm animals   Horses
Witch's tree stump   Straw bales
White horse Virginia creeper Oxfam Herts Hike 2008

The end of the hike… the stream above is the river Lea, close to Wheathampstead.

Edit: here is the first part of the Oxfam Herts Hike and here is the whole photo set.

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~ by veronikab on 10 November, 2008.

3 Responses to “Oxfam Herts Hike 2008 – part two”

  1. I don’t know what the issues are specifically regarding the approach and departure routes for Luton, but the debate in the U.S. also includes the fact that the majority of aircraft mishaps happen within view of the airport. If the aircraft are routed over less populated areas, then the danger to humans on the ground is minimized.

    What I do not understand is people who knowingly purchase homes that have been built directly under the departure path of a major runway that has been in existence for decades, because the cost of the home has been reduced, and then these people petition that the airport be closed due to noise pollution — which would cause untold millions of dollars of damage to the local economy. I’m all for quieter skies, but the airport isn’t the root cause of this problem. Residential houses should not have been built there.

  2. Beautiful pictures, though!

  3. That’s the first reason I’ve heard that makes sense. The routes have been changed much more than close to the airports, though, so I do not think that can be the only reason for the change in this case.

    I am glad you like the photos. 🙂

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