Berkhamsted Circular

11 miles / 17.5 km
 
This circular walk starts close to Berkhamsted Castle and climbs north along a dry chalk valley to reach Berkhamsted Common. At this point we head north-west along the edge of the Chilterns until we reach Tom’s Hill. From here we can enjoy expansive views over the Vale of Aylesbury as we descend into the village of Aldbury. After passing Aldbury village green with its mediaeval stocks and duck pond, there is steep climb up to Aldbury Common and the grounds of the Ashridge Estate. We stop for lunch close to the Bridgewater monument, before following the perfectly straight track known as Prince’s Riding for almost 2 km in the direction of Ashridge House. Passing the house to the north, we enter the delightfully named Golden Valley, which we follow until we reach Cromer Wood where we climb back up to Berkhamsted Common. Once clear of the golf course we traverse Berkhamsted Hill before descending back to our starting point at the castle.