The Berkhamsted Walk

A great day out in the country

Ashridge Estate

All the Walk routes are in a vast swathe of beautiful woodlands and chalk downland at the north end of the Chiltern hills. The routes vary from year to year but invariably pass through or around the National Trust's Ashridge Estate. The estate has a network of footpaths through 2,000 acres of woodland and historic parkland. There is a rich variety of wildlife, particularly fallow deer, red kites, carpets of spring bluebells, and panoramic views.

Visit the National Trust site. The site reveals a snapshot of the treasures which await you on your walk.


The historic market town of Berkhamsted is full of interesting buildings, shops and restaurants. The Bluebell Walk (12 miles) and Challenge Walk (18 miles) start from the 16th century Court House outside the 13th century St Peter's Church. Opposite are more ancient buildings including the oldest shop in England. The 1859 Town Hall is now restored. The Walk will probably take you past Berkhamsted School, founded in 1544, and the remains of Berkhamsted Castle built soon after the Norman Conquest.

Read more in the Berkhamsted Official Guide

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