St Albans : The River Ver another way

We had already decided that the morning of the May bank holiday was a good time to take another walk around St Albans, and as the sun was shining when we woke up we pressed ahead with the idea.  We started out going the same way as on our previous River Ver walk, and this time instead of heading straight towards Verulamium Park we turned left off Cottonmill Lane along the Ver Valley Walk.  The path took us through grassland which is being left to develop, with the river on one side and allotments on the other side, and then brought us to a wooden bridge which had been constructed to provide a walkway under some trees.  Soon we were walking under a stone bridge which forms part of the Alban Way.  We came out on to playing fields which led us to the bottom of Cottonmill Lane.  We turned left and then took a right up Abbots Avenue, between two churches, crossing over the railway line, then past the King Offa pub into Abbots Avenue West.  The clouds were coming in at this point, and it was all looking a bit ominous.  At the top of the road we joined a public footpath again, heading off to the right, and then followed it to the left until it brought us out at St Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic church.  We turned right onto Watling Street and carried on until we reached the roundabout with St Stephen’s church and the King Harry pub.  St Stephen’s was our first Abbot Ulsinus-founded church of the day.

We went straight over the roundabout and walked along the pavement until we found the footpath which leads across the Abbey View Golf Course.  There were only a handful of golfers out at this time.  The path took us around the edges and we were able to enjoy the bluebells before we reached the footpath at the Roman City Wall.  We crossed Verulamium Park on the other side of the lake to our previous walk and came out at St Michael’s church, our second Abbot Ulsinus-founded church of the day, dating from 948AD.  We crossed Bluehouse Hill into Gorhambury Drive to take a look at the Roman theatre remains, but it was not open yet, so that will have to wait for another time.  We crossed back into St Michael’s Street and walked past The Waffle House, where we had eaten the previous afternoon, and then turned right into Fishpool Street.  It is such a strange collection of houses, none of them seeming to go with the others.  It was a stage coach route in the early 19th century and houses from the Medieval, Elizabethan and Georgian periods are all represented.  Romeland Hill took us past the Cathedral, before we were into George Street, and then past the Clock Tower into the High Street and a stop at Cote for breakfast.  And all before the rain arrived.

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