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distance 11.74km Vertical gain +157m Vertical drop -161m Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

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.

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distance 10.24km Vertical gain +76m Vertical drop -85m Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

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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distance 8.02km Vertical gain +124m Vertical drop -127m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire includes the attractive downland between Telegraph and Deacon Hills and a section of the Icknield Way.

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distance 11.03km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -80m Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in St. Paul's Walden - Hertfordshire

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.

Walking The Chilterns above Tring ( Download : )
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distance 18.18km Vertical gain +243m Vertical drop -247m Durée 5h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

National Trails and Long Distance Paths crisscross the Chilterns in this area. This Circular Walk makes use of short stretches of at least five such to provide a beautiful and varied walk through Chiltern woodland, on Chiltern chalk downs with wide vistas from the scarp edge of the hills, along a stretch of the historic Grand Union Canal, and through one of the prettiest villages in Hertfordshire.

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Great Gaddesden from Jockey End
distance 8.26km Vertical gain +69m Vertical drop -73m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

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.

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distance 10.24km Vertical gain +39m Vertical drop -39m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Aspenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant circular Hertfordshire walk starting from the village of Aspenden near Buntingford. The route featues an abandoned village, a Roman Road and a moated house. Aspenden has pub for those requiring refreshment at the end of the walk.

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distance 10.39km Vertical gain +93m Vertical drop -96m Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

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.

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distance 17.71km Vertical gain +160m Vertical drop -164m Durée 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history. The route includes sections of the Icknield and John Bunyan Ways.

Accommodation, Restaurant
distance 14.49km Vertical gain +100m Vertical drop -156m Durée 4h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chipperfield - Hertfordshire

Starts at Two Brewers Inn, Chipperfield. Passes thru' Kings Langley where we join the Grand Union Canal for a short distance. Then thru' Bedmond & Potters Crouch before descending past the Roman wall into Verulamium Park and past St Albans Cathedral to finish at St Albans Abbey Station.

Walking Hill walking from Hexton ( Download : )
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distance 18.93km Vertical gain +186m Vertical drop -190m Durée 5h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

The northern end of the Chilterns almost seem to be a geological afterthought as they straddle the Bedfordshire Hertfordshire border. Starting from Hexton this walk offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history.

Walking The Holly Bush - Route 2 ( Download : )
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distance 3.17km Vertical gain +8m Vertical drop -8m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Easy level walking and solid underfoot throughout.

Walking Tring Reservoirs Wild Walk ( Download : )
Tourist office
distance 10.81km Vertical gain +30m Vertical drop -31m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

Stroll along the waterside and look for waterbirds on this gentle 13km walk. Starting at Tring railway station, it takes in College Lake nature reserve, a section of the Grand Union Canal and three reservoirs.

Walking Tring Park Wild Walk ( Download : )
Tourist office
distance 16km Vertical gain +146m Vertical drop -145m Durée 5h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

Enjoy scenic views, wooded valleys and ancient parkland on this 10km circular walk through the Chilterns. Starting in Tring, the walk takes in Dancersend nature reserve and the Ridgeway National Trail.

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distance 18.76km Vertical gain +125m Vertical drop -64m Durée 5h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

Follows the River Lea Navigation thru' Waltham Abbey & past Enfield Lock. We leave the Lea Valley Walk & join the route of the London Loop for almost 2 miles, along the River Lea, past Enfield Island, thru' Sewardstone Marsh & up into Epping Forest. Then thru' a golf course to Lippitts Hill & onto High Beach. There are a few very hilly miles up to and thru' Epping Forest and Bell Common to finish at Epping Station.

Accommodation, Restaurant
distance 18.41km Vertical gain +3m Vertical drop -19m Durée 5h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hertford - Hertfordshire

Follows River Lea Navigation thru' Ware, St Margarets, Rye House, Dobbs Weir and Broxbourne, to finish on the River Lea Path a short walk east of Cheshunt Station. It's almost impossible to go off-course, unless you make a decision to jump into the canal or take a path away from it.

Accommodation, Restaurant
distance 24.38km Vertical gain +34m Vertical drop -76m Durée 7h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

The stage starts at St Albans Abbey Station. Soon joins River Ver Path for 0.65 miles. Climbs to join the Alban Way (old railway line) all the way to and thru' Hatfield. Passes Mill Green Mill and follows Welwyn Centenary Walk thru' a golf course & The Commons Nature Reserve, then joins the Cole Green Way (old railwayline) to Hertford. Goes thru' the old part of this county town, taking in the castle and grounds, then joins the River Lea Navigation to just north of Hertford East Station.

Walking The Holly Brush - Route 3 ( Download : )
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distance 8.77km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -55m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Adventurous walk with steep hill climbs and a winding woodland path.

Walking The Holly Brush - Route 1 ( Download : )
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distance 7.87km Vertical gain +35m Vertical drop -30m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Easy walking with some mild hill climbs and busy road.

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distance 14.18km Vertical gain +78m Vertical drop -74m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

This walk starts at Ricky Aquadrome with its 3 lakes and goes along a delightful stretch of the River Chess, through Whippendell Woods (particularly nice in mid April when the bluebells are out), to Cassiobury Park with its 2 cafes and voted one of the 10 best parks in Britain and along short stretches of the River Gade and Grand Union Canal. Do allow plenty of time for exploring the many interesting features on this walk.

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distance 10km Vertical gain +66m Vertical drop -73m Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Harpenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant walk from Harpenden Common down to Redbournbury Mill, along the River Ver and then up to Childwickbury Manor and back to Harpenden.

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distance 14.4km Vertical gain +60m Vertical drop -63m Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hertfordshire

A Hertfordshire walk that explores the area to the east of Rickmansworth. The route uses a mixture of paths, lanes and canal towpaths following sections of the Chess Valley Walk and the Croxley Green Boundary Walk.