Hedgerows just outside Wallington, along the Icknield Way

Views of the last section of the walk along the bridleway between Therfield and Royston, on the approach to Therfield Heath.

It is quite astounding how the British landscape can alter its appearance from one season to the next, not least where farmland is involved. Churned, muddy fields once ploughed are transformed into brightly coloured landscapes in the warmer season prior to harvest. According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), parts ofEngland, particularlyEast Anglia, were officially in a drought following the earlier dry spring. Large areas of northern Europe were  facing drought after one of the driest European springs on record, as was the case in both the South East and central-southern region ofEngland. On a somewhat overcast, windy Saturday morning, the first in June, having taken the train from Royston to Baldock with the intention of walking back across the countryside, I encountered some light rain as I completed the final leg of the walk from Therfield to Royston. In fact, welcome intermittent rains returned to the South east all of the rest of the week. It was with some irony that, after having mowed my lawn the previous day and noticing that my fruit trees had been drooping somewhat, I decided to water them.  Read more.

English countryside walks are generally extremely well sign-posted, this one indicating the Hertfordshire and Icknield Way routes, usually designated by recognisable symbols.