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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday Walk - The Ridgeway, Dockey Wood, the Ashridge Estate and on to Berkhamsted

Book 2, Walk 5b - Tring to Berkhamsted

Length: 20.4 km (12.7 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10

London Euston:  10-24 hrs    Milton Keynes service
Arrive Tring:  10-59 hrs

Return Berkhamsted to Euston:  01, 15, 31 and 46 mins past the hour until 18-00 hrs, then 18-05, 18-15, 18-32 and 18-46 hrs.

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Tring

If I've timed the posting of today's walk correctly, the highlight today should be the bluebells on display in Dockey Wood,  Before this, from Tring station you follow the Ridgeway along the Chiltern escarpment to Ivinghoe Beacon, with fine views from its summit. Onwards then through Wards Hurst Farm, then your visit to Dockey Wood, into the start of the Ashridge Estate, and on to lunch in the village of Little Gaddesden at the Bridgewater Arms.
Post prandial, its through the Ashridge Estate to the Bridgewater Monument, with its cafe. You then divert from the Tring Circular walk as you walk through more bluebell woods on a pleasant, undulating route through woods and over open fields, before finally descending into Berkhamsted, with its tea options, ten minutes or so's walk past the station in the centre of the town.
This walk seldom disappoints - particularly during bluebell season.
T= 2.5
Walk Directions here: L=2.5

Next Week, Wednesday 10 May; SWC 121 - Bekesbourne Circular

1 comment:

Marcus said...

Just n=7 on today's walk - maybe some of our regulars had not recovered from their exertions in the Brecons. They missed a wonderful display of bluebells in Dockey Wood, and later more full carpets in the Ashridge Estate. Before that we encountered w=wintry-conditions-and-a-strong-breeze as we made it to Ivinghoe Beacon, but luckily for us, the expected rain held off all day until we were safely back in London that evening. A good lunch was enjoyed by 3 of us at the busy Bridgwater Arms, with the pub kindly allowing our sandwichers to eat in their extensive garden, albeit it was far from warm for outside dining. Suitably fed and watered, we now headed for the Bridgwater Memorial, where we said farewell to the 3 in our party heading back to Tring and home for an early bath. The walk for the remaining 4 of us to Berkhamsted was as enjoyable as ever, more so with the excellent bluebell displays en route. We just made Berko railway station in time for my 3 companions to jump aboard the 16-46: as I have to stretch post walk to prevent my ageing limbs from seizing up, I caught the 17-15 service which whisked me back to London.
Another most enjoyable SWC Wednesday walk.