Pete's Walks - Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail (page 1 of 3)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail

I did this 16-mile circular walk on Saturday, 12th September, 2009. I have done this walk many times before, both clockwise and anti-clockwise - click here to see my journal for this walk. Today I chose to do it anti-clockwise (the opposite direction to that journal), and started at the Bridgewater Monument in the centre of Ashridge.

It was a beautiful morning as I started walking about 9.45am, and would remain warm and sunny throughout the day. I took the track descending towards Aldbury, but soon branched left off it, following another recently re-surfaced bridleway contouring near the top of the wooded slopes above Aldbury.

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The Bridgewater Monument, Ashridge

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Bridleway through Ashridge, above Aldbury

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Looking out over Aldbury and beyond

I saw my first two Fallow deer of the day near an isolated cottage in the woods, and shortly after I crossed a road that went past Tom's Hill to my right and down to Aldbury. The well-surfaced bridleway continued pleasantly through the trees for some distance, before I eventually branched off and took some paths across Northchurch Common. These led on to a path on the edge of the woods, overlooking Northchurch in the Bulbourne Valley to my right. I turned left along a private drive, then went right to cross the Ringshall-Northchurch road and to then reach Northchurch Farm.

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Bridleway through Ashridge, near the road to Tom's Hill

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Path on Northchurch Common

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Path on Northchurch Common

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Looking out over the Bulbourne valley and Northchurch

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Private drive near Northchurch - rather unusually there were no Fallow deer here today

Beyond Northchurch Farm the footpath crosses a Polo pitch, and then continues on good field-side tracks for almost a mile to reach Coldharbour Farm, on the edge of the woods again. I passed two solo walkers along these tracks, the first of numerous other walkers I would see on this beautiful Saturday.

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The path to Coldharbour Farm, just after the polo pitch

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Approaching Coldharbour Farm

From Coldharbour Farm I took a bridleway going right. This ran through the trees, passing just left of a huge open expanse of grass with a small copse in it (with Frithsden Beeches on the far side), and continued as a very wide grassy track to reach Berkhamsted Golf Course. The path then continued through a belt of trees between fairways, crossed a minor road and ran along beside another fairway. It then turned left and ran between garden fences through Frithsden. It continued through another wood, where I glimpsed two Fallow Bucks, crossed a minor road in Frithsden again, and went uphill to reach a large sheep pasture with a splendid view towards the Golden Valley.

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The path heading towards Berkhamsted Golf Course

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Two Fallow bucks near Frithsden

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The Golden Valley, from near Frithsden