Ware - Hertford Lock - Ware

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Ware is said to be a site of continuous settlements dating back to the Middle Stone Age. The town sits upon an old roadway known as Ermine Street which ran from London to York. Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen here in 1553; she only reigned for nine days before being executed. The town became an important coaching stop with many inns. The Great Bed of Ware, dated from around 1595 (now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum) was used as an advertising feature and was mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The walk passes some 18th Century gazebos which are situated in the former coaching inns' gardens.

Hertford Lock was enlarged during plans for widening part of the navigation, but these were abandoned in 1948 due to nationalisation.

The Wildlife Trust manages King's Meads for several landowners including GlaxoSmithKline. This is home to 18 of the 19 types of dragonflies that breed in Hertfordshire.

The walk passes the start of the New River, where most of the water which feeds London is taken from the River Lee through New Gauge. This was built in 1856 by William Mylne. Some water is still taken from the original source of Chadwell Spring.

England - Central England - Hertfordshire - River Walk

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
28/05/2017 - Ken Howard

Dear David, Did this walk today (28/5/17) and want to report that at (4) where the riverside path goes under the A10, the path is currently closed because of bridge works. Only way round is instead of turning left through hedge at (4), continue ahead North on path past GlaxoSmithKline building to reach a lane. Turn left on this lane which soon crosses the A10 on a bridge. A bridleway immediately left leads down to the river to resume walk at (5). They were working today on the Bank Holiday so I don't know how long the bridge repairs will take. Perhaps you can flag this ? Best wishes Ken Howard

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