Crouch Green

We’d walked or run around Crouch Green on many occasions without knowing it was a former green, let alone that it had a name. It nestles in the arms of two lanes, one of them being Three Houses Lane that comes up from Langley Bottom before dipping down to the Mimram valley and Whitwell. TheContinue reading “Crouch Green”

Reed Green, Gannock Green

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Encapsulation of the idyll of rural England: bus stop, phone box, letter box, parish notice board, standing in front of the village hall, the photograph taken from the boundary of the cricket field. All it needs is a pub in the background. Sadly, the local is under threat. The cricket field standsContinue reading “Reed Green, Gannock Green”

Burnham Green

Burnham Green has a more lived-in feel than its near neighbour Harmer Green. It’s got a larger population, and a post office shop and a pub. It’s not a preserve of the well-to-do either though it’s only a stone’s throw from the millionaires’ reserve at Tewin Wood. The larger area of green is bordered onContinue reading “Burnham Green”

Harmer Green

Harmer Green stands on high ground above Welwyn North and Digswell. A winding road leads down to the station at Welwyn North and there is a woodside footpath towards Woolmer Green and a dog’s leg route to Burnham Green avoiding the road (both places covered in earlier posts). Monied is the word for Harmer Green.Continue reading “Harmer Green”

Birch Green, Staines Green

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We turned off Cole Green Way and made our way over ripe fields of grain to Birch Green, which has a number of houses built in the last century and a few older cottages. From there we cut through to the smaller settlement at Staines Green. Although the two are distinct andContinue reading “Birch Green, Staines Green”

Datchworth Green

Datchworth Green is in one of the clusters of greens to the northeast and east of Welwyn, some two dozen greens in all. Datchworth itself sits on slightly higher ground, its church steeple visible from miles around, and it looks down towards Datchworth Green some half a mile away. You don’t notice if you takeContinue reading “Datchworth Green”

Butterfield Green

The trip to Butterfield Green required venturing into Bedfordshire. We got there by footpath from Lilley but the majority of walkers probably come over the hills from Luton. There are extensive walks around Galley Hill and Warden Hill. The hamlet is clearly marked on the current Ordnance Survey but is absent from some late 19thContinue reading “Butterfield Green”

Symonds Green

A reminder of the times, the woman’s walking-aid trolley suggests she may be in a vulnerable to Covid-19 category and her face mask in open air, indicate her concern. She’s sitting on a park bench in Symonds Green, one of the greens subsumed by Stevenage. Unlike Fishers Green (see an earlier post) a few hundredContinue reading “Symonds Green”