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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Midweek Day Walk - Tring to Berkhamstead

Tring to Berkhamsted

Ivanhoe Beacon, Ashridge and the Bridgewater Monument

Book 2 Walk 5


Length: 21 Km or 13.0 miles
Toughness: 4 out of 10

Getting there: Catch the 10:24 from London Euston to Tring

Calling station: 
Watford Junction dep 10:41

Clapham Junctionites may wish to catch the 9:39 to Watford Junction (arriving 10:19) and wait for the Eustonites whose train will arrive at 10:40 and depart to Tring at 10:41

Meeting point: Tring Station at 10:59
Tickets:  Buy a Cheap Day Return to Tring.

Brief Description:
SWC are pleased to announce this  pre-election special. Get away from the election frenzy and enjoy a day in the Chilterns!
This walk is the Tring Circular with the Berkhamsted extension.
I'm minded that it is indeed bluebell time and Dockey Wood (which the walk passes) sports an amazing carpet of these flowers - well worth a visit
The first part of this route - following the Ridgeway along the Chiltern escarpment to Ivinghoe Beacon - is exhilarating, offering downland scenery as fine as anything on the South Downs. From the Beacon itself, it seems as if you can see half of England on a fine day. Then by way of contrast, you are then plunged into ancient Chiltern woodland, lovingly preserved by the National Trust, with fine autumn colours in late October and early November. The paths are generally pleasant and easy underfoot, but note that on the Ridgeway the exposed chalk in some of the paths can be slippery in the wet, and in the woods the paths can be very muddy in winter. All of the climbing is in the first half of the walk: the second half is all flat or downhill.

Full details of this walk may be found here and a printable PDF here.

Suggested Lunch and tea stops
Lunch at the Bridgewater Arms in Little Gaddesden tel 01442 842408
There is an early tea stop option at the Brownlow Cafe 
However Berkhamsted town at the end of the walk sports a good array of cafes and these are some five to ten minutes or so from the station 

Explorer Maps 181

Return train times:

There are frequent return trains to Euston from Berkhamsted (about 15 minute intervals).
There is also an hourly train at 39 mins past the hour to Clapham Junction.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

PeteB your Cotswold map led walk sounds really good for one Wednesday in June/July.. hope to actually walk the walk instead of just reading about it !
Many thanks, melanie

PeteB said...

Thanks Melanie. If the Wednesday group do not choose it then I'll post it for my Sunday slot in July or August (the outgoing train for Cotswolds walks beyond Oxford work better on a Sunday than a Saturday but if a Saturday walks setter wants to do it then great.) I'll also be putting a slightly amended pdf in the temps walk directory later this week.

Anonymous said...

weather wet & blowy, beware!

Marion said...

Weather too violent for me. Mike not going either.