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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Midweek Day Walk - Berkhamsted circular

A Chilterns strike buster - Berkhamsted circular 

Ashridge, it's woods and college, the Bridgewater Monument and Arms and Golden Valley

A map led walk (A paper map of the route will be provided for all at the start of the walk)

Length : 16 km or 10 miles

Toughness :  3 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 11:04 am train from London Euston to Berkhamsted

Calling stations are:
                        Arrives Departs
Wembley Central 11:13 11:14
Harrow & Wealdstone 11:18 11:19
Bushey            11:24 11:24
Watford Junction 11:26 11:27
Kings Langley    11:31 11:31
Apsley           11:35 11:35
Hemel Hempstead 11:38 11:38

If none of these suit, then either,

Catch your nearest overground train to get to Watford Junction for say 11:15 and join the Euston train there.
Catch the 10:39 from Clapham Junction to arrive at Berkhamsted 11:32

Calling stations are:

Imperial Wharf    10:43 10:44
West Brompton    10:46 10:47
Kensington Olympia 10:50 10:50
Shepherd's Bush 10:53 10:53
Wembley Central   11:08 11:08
Harrow & Wealdstone 11:13 11:13
Watford Junction 11:20 11:20

Hemel Hempstead 11:28 11:28

The poster realises that if the strike goes ahead, some folks simply won't be able to make this walk. However this weeks choice will allow those near an overground station or the train stations above, the best chance of joining.

Meeting point : Berkhamsted Station at 11:42

Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Berkhamsted

Brief Description

This will be a map lead walk though Ashridge forest and the meadowland surrounding it.

Suggested Lunch stops

Brownlows Cafe t: 01442 851670

The Bridgewater Arms t: 01442 842408

Suggested Tea stop

Here  t: 01442 300870 28/30 Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted


OS Explorer : 181

Return train times

Trains return from Berkhamsted to Euston at 15 minutes intervals or thereabouts.
Trains to Clapham Junction are hourly at 39 minutes past the hour.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Arthur, much appreciate your effort in putting together this personalised travel plan for each potential strike busting Wednesday walker.

Anonymous said...

thanks ad but how about changing it to Thursday ? so we could all go..

Mike A said...

For details of the duration of the tube strike (should it go ahead), you may wish to look here

Marion said...

Well done for all the train info. Will travel up from Clapham Junction. Plenty of options for most and an opportunity to avoid the ghastly tube network and enjoy the air con trains on the Overground.

Anonymous said...

In may be worth factoring in extra travel time, bearing in mind that commuters who normally use the underground also head for train and London Overground services when the underground is not in service.

Delia's barmy army said...

Wednesday may not provide any tube service

PeteB said...

Strikes now off....

Anonymous said...

Did SWC's finest bring pressure to bear on the RMT?

Anonymous said...

intending to go now strike is off, looks like it's fairly settled weather for Herts this Wed pm

any1 else going ?

David said...

In defence of the tube, the new air-conditioned trains introduced on the subsurface lines (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, District, and Circle) are excellent. The worst trains are the Class 376 "Electrostar" trains on Southeastern, which are completely airless in hot weather. (From the Saturday Walkers Train Enthusiasts Club)

Anonymous said...

n=8 on this walk with w=rain_before_lunch_but_warm_and_sunny_all_afternoon.
One walker completed the full walk via the Bridgewater Monument, the rest took the short cut to the Bridgewater Arms in Little Gaddesden (because of the persistent rain).
One walker caught the bus outside the pub (not enough waterproof togs)n and the rest met up for the afternoon section with stunning scenery in Golden Valley, followed by Frisden Beeches and the delightful descent back to Berkhamsted.
Train service had gone a little pear shaped due to flooding elsewhere, but most jumped on a train that pulled in as they arrived at the station.
I'll try to get this written up in the near future.