Country villages, castles and a canal in the chiltern hills

Berkhamsted to Tring

9.9 miles / 15 km

HIGHLIGHTS

Berkhamsted Castle | Hertfordshire Way | Golden Valley | Ashridge House | Aldbury Village | Grand Union Canal

Berkhamsted Castle

Introduction

This is a really pretty and fairly easy-going walk, full of lush green meadows and panoramic views, with some interesting places to see along the way. The first of these is just outside Berkhamsted station. The castle is a very slight detour but worth it, if you have the time to look around. From here, the route heads quickly out into arable land and woods. 

You can take another detour (around half-mile each way) to some fascinating WWI trenches which were used for training soldiers before they went to the Front. Further along the route, you’ll come across imposing Ashridge House and then continue into the pretty village of Aldbury. The last section of the route takes you along a secluded stretch of the Grand Union Canal, which can be muddy after rain. Turning off the towpath, you’ll emerge on the road that takes you down to Tring station.

Route details

An undulating route with some hills, the climbing of which is rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding area.

Start Berkhamsted station West Coast Mainline
End Tring station West Coast Mainline
OS Route  WALKING POST Berkhamsted to Tring
Difficulty Moderate
Length 9.3 miles
Average time 4 – 5 hours
Total ascent 746 ft

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Berkhamsted Castle

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Hertfordshire Way

Tower of London to Angel walk  Limehouse Basin

Golden Valley, Ashridge

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Ashridge House

Regent's Canal, Commercial Road walk

Aldbury Village

Sharks  Hackney regents canal

Grand Union Canal

Along the way

Berkhamsted Castle
This fantastic motte-and-bailey castle has been a ruin for centuries but it’s one of the most important Norman fortifications in England. The English officially ceded to William the Conqueror here and it became a strategic fortress, passing into successive royal hands until it fell into disrepair in the 16th century. The site is owned by English Heritage, but is free to enter.

WWI Trenches and War Memorial
Up on Berkhamsted Common, a vast area of tents housing 2,000 members of the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps was set up during WWI. 12,000 men trained here and 2,200 did not return from the Western Front. The “training trenches” are clearly visible. This site is a signposted detour off the main walk, but if you stick to the route, you’ll pass the war memorial which commemorates the fallen soldiers from the training camp.

Ashridge House & Gardens
This impressive stately home was once a royal residence belonging to Henry VIII. It’s now a venue for weddings and conferences, but you can pay to visit the 190-acre landscaped gardens. The Bakehouse café and toilets are accessible for free. 

 

 

 

Useful info

TRANSPORT

There are four trains per hour from London Euston (or Watford Junction) to Berkhamsted from Monday to Saturday (two per hour on Sundays). Tring is one stop further out of London on the same line, so if you’re coming from Euston, it’s probably best to get a return to Tring – though it’s worth double-checking this.  

TOILET OPPORTUNITIES

There are toilets at Berkhamsted station (only open when the ticket office is open) and then at the café in Ashridge House. Tring station doesn’t have any facilities and the station is quite far from the centre of the town. But if you are having a drink in Aldbury, there’s a café and a pub with loos.

FOOD & DRINK

The  Bakehouse, Ashridge House
A restaurant and café serving hot drinks, snacks and more substantial meals set around a lovely courtyard, so you can eat indoors or al fresco.

Poppies Café, Albury
Open for tea, coffee, homemade cakes and ice cream on Friday to Monday with an outdoor terrace.

The Greyhound Inn, Albury
An historic pub in the heart of pretty Albury, with a menu of traditional pub fare, sandwiches and Sunday roasts.