A pleasant walk from Harpenden Common down to Redbournbury Mill, along the River Ver and then up to Childwickbury Manor and back to Harpenden.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park at what used to be the Three Horseshoes Pub at the top of Mud Lane by Harpenden Golf Course. There is parking here.
(D/A) Cross the golf course and emerge on to Harpenden Road.
(1) Cross the road and go right for a couple of hundred yards and then take the first left on Beesonend Lane.
Continue along Beesonend Lane all the way and down to the river Ver.
(2) At the Ver, turn left and follow the path (Hertfordshire Way, Ver Valley Walk) past the water treatment plant to a second mill house, millpond and stud farm. Continue past houses on the left to Redbourn Road.
(3) Turn left and carry on along the roadside until a path is seen going uphill on the left. There is no signpost for this path. Go up the path to the right of the woods and at the next crossing, where the path levels out, keep left on Hertfordshire Way. Follow this well used path through Ladies Grove Woods to join Childwick Green which takes you past Chilwickbury Manor. At Childwickbury Green you can make a detour to the right to appreciate the Rhododendrons (if they're in flower) and continue to Harpenden Road.
(4) Turn left along Harpenden Road for a couple of hundred yards and then cross this road to take a well hidden path just before a layby. Follow this path to Ayres End Lane. Go right and then immediately left and follow the path back to The Three Horseshoes, which will be on your right. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 420ft - The Three Horseshoes carpark
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. 381ft - Harpenden Road
2 : mi 1.87 - alt. 299ft - Ver
3 : mi 3.13 - alt. 282ft - Redbourn Road
4 : mi 5.39 - alt. 400ft - Harpenden Road
D/A : mi 6.21 - alt. 420ft - The Three Horseshoes carpark
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Easy walking with some mild hill climbs and busy road.
Easy level walking and solid underfoot throughout.
Adventurous walk with steep hill climbs and a winding woodland path.
This short Hertfordshire walk explores the pleasant countryside to the south east of Jockey End and follows the Hertfordshire Way to descend into the Gade Valley and the village of Great Gaddesden. The return route leaves the valley following the Chiltern Way for the return to the start.
This walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th Century mansions which dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still greatly influenced by the great designers, including Capability Brown. A walk with great views over the Gade valley and a revelation of the life style of baronets and local squires in the 1700s and the lesser houses of their tenants.
This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.
This Hertfordshire walk mainly uses old green lanes to go through a varied landscape of fields, woods and hedgerows to arrive at the Holt and then by footpaths to Cuckolds Cross. After that there is a section of larger arable fields where you join the Hertfordshire Way to reach Whitwell, an expanded village with an interesting older centre. The final leg passes through a rare breeds farm and The Bury, birthplace of the late Queen Mother.
Starting from Hemel Hempstead Station this is a walk which can be enjoyed without a car. The station is right on the edge of the town so virtually all the route is through the open country, much of it through Boxmoor Trust land, on the plateau of the Chilterns and along the Grand Union Canal. There are lots of reminders of the history of the area from 1594 through WWII. If you are lucky you may see a couple of rare farm breeds kept on Trust land and some interesting birds along the canal.
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