We were quickly away, turning immediately left to climb over up Hollow Lane over the hill, and down Wymondley Road to pass under the East Coast Main Line into the countryside.
Suddenly we were in Great Wymondeley, turning right by the Green Man pub. We headed south, crossing the direct bus route from Hitchin to Stevenage via Little Wymondley, and then over the dual carriageway. We turned left along the country lane to Titmore Green, where we paused outside the Hermit of Redcoats.
We continued on into Stevenage, approaching along Fishers Green Road, where we passed the site of the older Stevenage LT garage. We turned left to cross the railway again, past the site of the old Stevenage railway station, and gyrated round the Bowling Green to reach the old High Street. We made our way south through the Old Town and then past the modern railway station on the dual carriageway, before pulling left to reach the bus station. Our crew, used to modern Stevenage, pulled round onto the normal stop for the 384 to Benington.
Walkern gave a further taste of suburbia on the northern side of the road. I noticed that the old London Transport wooden bus shelter on the corner has been replaced by a modern cast iron one. We turned south for Benington, and the lanes became even narrower and bendier. We carefully headed south to Benington Green, where we saw red RF486 already waiting with the connecting bus to Hertford.
Back on the main road we were asked if anyone wanted Ware. If not, we would take the short cut direct to Hertford, down the B158 to Bengeo. That we did, and were soon nosing a way into Hertford through a shower of rain. Titan T1101 came through Hertford Town Centre on its way to Stevenage. We picked a way through and round the town to reach Hertford Bus Station.
Part Six: Hertford
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