Pete's Walks - Hudnall and Potten End (page 1 of 2)

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 walk

I did this circular walk of about 6.3 miles on Saturday, 3rd March, 2012. This was roughly a repeat of the 'Potten End and Little Gaddesden' walk that I did in January last year, but in the opposite (anti-clockwise) direction. On that occasion, it turned out that the lane to the car park at Hudnall was closed, so I had to change my plans and started the walk at Potten End instead. On this walk, I managed to start at the car park at Hudnall.

The weather forecast wasn't very promising for most of the weekend, so a Saturday afternoon walk was all I could really manage. In fact I had a bad back too, so a long walk was probably out of the question anyway. It was just past 2pm as I started walking from the car park at Hudnall. I went a few yards along the lane towards St Margaret's then turned right onto  a bridleway to Little Gaddesden. This led through a small wood, then ran between hedges and fences as it skirted round some paddocks. It then passed through a stable yard before reaching  a road in Little Gaddesden.

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The view from the car park at Hudnall, looking across the Gade valley towards Studham

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The start of the bridleway from Hudnall Common to Little Gaddesden

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The bridleway to Little Gaddesden

Across the road another bridleway ran gently downhill through a wooded area, turning sharply right at one point. At the bottom of the slope I emerged into a broad stretch of grass in the Golden Valley, close to Ashridge House (hidden from views behind the tree on the opposite slope). I turned half-left and took a gently rising path up the other side of the valley, with pleasant view along the valley on my left. The path went through a gate and then ran between fences, before following a private road downhill to reach a drive to Ashridge House.

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The bridleway from Little Gaddesden down into the Golden Valley near Ashridge House (the wall here had recently been repaired)

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The bridleway from Little Gaddesden down into the Golden Valley near Ashridge House

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The Golden Valley near Ashridge House (the route continues along the path going gradually uphill on the right)

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The Golden Valley

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The path continuing from the Golden Valley

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Another view of the Golden Valley

Across the drive I passed through a small area of woodland, then turned left along the edge of a huge wood-lined area of grass with a small copse in it. Across another drive I went slightly left to follow a path through an attractive area of beech trees, part of Frithsden Beeches. I continued along this path for some distance through the woods, keeping straight on and going down and up a slight rise, until I came to a major path junction, where I turned left onto a section of the Hertfordshire Way.

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The path to Frithsden beeches

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Frithsden beeches

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Frithsden Beeches

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Frithsden beeches

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Frithsden beeches