We blew away the cobwebs with a New Year walk along the Icknield Way from Baldock to Royston. There was a bit of a cool breeze but a clear blue sky and some fine views, making it a wonderful way to start 2012. It was an interesting walk along a network of old byways and tracks with lots of kissing gates. I particularly liked the gate through some horse paddocks that used a six inch nail as a latch. Very agricultural.