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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Tring to Berkhamsted - Dockey Wood and the Ashridge Estate

Book 2, Walk 5 - Tring to Berkhamsted

Length: 22 km (13.7 miles)   Option to shorten to 8.3 or 11 miles
Toughness: 4 out of 10

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

Return: Berkhamsted to Euston: 4 trains an hour

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Tring

A visit to Dockey Wood during bluebell season is a must, hence we usually try to find a slot in our walk schedule for this walk.
Leaving Tring station you head towards Ivinghoe Beacon, then on to Dockey Wood via Wards Hurst Farm. Having had your bluebell fix, you walk to the village of Little Gaddesden for lunch at the Bridgewater Arms. Onwards post prandial through the Ashridge Estate (more bluebells) after which you can end your walk by returning to Tring via one of the pubs in Albury or you continue via a varied route to Berkhamsted.  Enjoy - this is a delightful walk during bluebell season !
Walk directions here  L=2.5

1 comment:

Marcus said...

4 off the train at Tring, plus one on an earlier train, who we met on top of Ivinghoe Beacon (but then doing the shortcut to the Bridgewater Monument) but I will include him, so that's n=5.
Apart from one short, light shower at said Beacon, it was a lovely w=sunny-Spring-Day, and about sixteen degrees, almost ideal walking conditions.
Lots of woodland flowers and plants which my companions were able to identify, and the bluebells were at their perfect best in Dockey Wood, Flat Isley and much of the Ashridge Estate, particularly latterly on the descent to the road before the start of Berkhamsted Common: vistas of blue carpets as far as the eye could see.
The sight of young lambs in Ward's Hurst Farm and a herd of deer in fields below the Monument, all added to our enjoyment of today's walk. We had a pleasant, unrushed lunch stop at the Bridgewater Arms but we skipped tea as it was approaching 6 pm by the time we entered Berkhampsted. A fast train then whisked us back to Euston before 7 pm.
For the record, there was not a single stile on the walk - a bonus for doddery, ageing walkers. Apart from the lack of any water features along the way (a big deduct in my book) I thought today's outing was a near perfect walk for bluebell season.