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8 June 2019: Ashridge and Aldbury Nowers

Event led by Khris R
Attendance: 7
Distance: 10.9 miles (17.5 km)
Time: start 11:17, end 15:19 (excluding the return to the car park from the pub), lunch 24 minutes
Terrain: grass field, woodland track, pavement
Elevation: start 220m, high 235m, low 137m
Weather: overcast to start followed by sunny intervals, ~12°C to ~15°C
Number of sewage works: 0
Number of churches: 1
Number of golf courses: 2

This was a circular walk of 10.9 miles from the Brownlow Café in the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate and around the estate including Aldbury Common and Berkhamsted Common, then leaving the estate to Ashridge Park, Little Gaddesden and Ringshall, then back into the estate to The Coombe, Ivinghoe Beacon, Steps Hill, Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers (also a Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust nature reserve), and the village of Aldbury. Parts of the route followed the Chiltern Way, Icknield Way Path and The Ridgeway long-distance trails.

This walk was a mix of woodlands and hills, with some very steep inclines and declines and some stunningly magnificent views. This walk proved why the Chiltern Hills are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is better described through pictures than through words, so please see the Facebook link for more photos.


Words and pictures by Peter O’Connor.

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