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Walks on commons near Berkhamsted

Discover some of the Chilterns' largest commons on these circular walking routes. You can do either walk on its own or put them together to do a 17 mile 'figure of 8' walk.

The Southern circular walk is 8.5 miles and starts/finishes at Berkhamsted railway station. It takes you up out of the town past the ruins of Berkhamsted Castle and into the huge National Trust Ashridge Estate, with its thousands of acres of woodland and commonland. Walk through Berkhamsted and Northchurch commons, and past the Ashridge Visitor Centre which has a cafe, shop and information centre. It is also the location of the imposing Bridgewater Monument, built to commemorate the Duke of Bridgewater, founder of England's canal system. Walk down out of the Estate to the Grand Union Canal and follow the towpath back into Berkhamsted, passing colourful walkers Ivinghoe Beaconcanal boats.

The Northern circular walk is 8 miles and starts/finishes at the Bridgewater Monument at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre. Walk through Pitstone and Ivinghoe commons and then up to the bare grassy summit of Ivinghoe Beacon, one of the most distinctive hills of the Chilterns and site of an ancient hillfort. From here you will get fantastic 360 degree views of the Chilterns ridge and the Vale of Aylesbury. Follow the ridge south along the Ridgeway National Trail to the viewpoint on Pitstone Hill and then descend to the picturesque village of Aldbury with its pond, shop and pubs. There is a final walk back up to the Visitor Centre.

Start from either the Ashridge Visitor Centre or Berkhamsted Railway station to do both walks as a 17 mile circular walk.

Access

The routes follow paths and forest tracks across commons and through woodland. Paths can be muddy and are steep in places. There are no stiles. Take care and wear suitable footwear.

Facilities

Berkhamsted is a historic market town offering cafes and pubs, shops, public toilets, a visitor information point in the library and numerous other amenities. En route you will pass: 

  • Brownlow Café at the Ashridge Estate visitors centre, next to the Bridgewater Monument
  • Pubs in Aldbury - The Greyhound Inn (01442 851228) and the Valiant Trooper (01442 851203

How to get there

Berkhamsted railway station is on the London Midland line out of Euston. There is also car parking at the station and other locations in the town.

There is plenty of car parking at the Ashridge Visitor Centre.

Information available

Download the walk leaflet which has a detailed route map, directions and information on points of interest.

Walks on commons near Berkhamsted

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