Pete's Walks - Pitstone Hill and Grand Union Canal (page 1 of 4)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of roughly 8.5 miles miles on Sunday, 25th November 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I first did in November 2013 but this time I walked it in the anti-clockwise direction for the first time. It is a cut down version of my Pitstone Hill and Wigginton walk (Walk 4 of my Chiltern Chain Walk), shortened simply by following the towpath of the Grand Union Canal from Tring Station to Cow Roast. I had intended to do a longer walk today, but I had a particularly poor night's sleep and consequently felt pretty rough this morning and needed far more time than usual before I could set off.

I parked in the car park for Pitstone Hill (grid reference SP 954148) and started walking about 11am. I went straight up and over the 'hillock' by the car park, then joined the Ridgeway national trail as it followed an intermittent hedgerow on my left as it climbed gently to the top of Pitstone Hill. Here I turned left, following part of the ancient earthwork called Grim's Ditch as it slowly descended across the western slope of the hill.

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The 'hillock' by the Pitstone Hill car park/p>

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View back over the car park towards Ivinghoe Beacon and Steps Hill, from the hillock

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The path to Pitstone Hill from the hillock

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The path up Pitstone Hill (the path to the right of the hedge)

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Pitstone Hill

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Looking left towards Ashridge, from Pitstone Hill

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The start of the descent along Grims Ditch on Pitstone Hill

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Grims Ditch on Pitstone Hill

Through a gate I continued through a wood for about half a mile (I still don't know if Aldbury Nowers is the name of the wood or the hill it covers), the Ridgeway then briefly passing a more open area that is part of the Aldbury Nowers nature reserve. Briefly back in the woods, I dropped down a flight of 'steps' and turned right at a T-junction (another path had just gone right a few yards before this). The Ridgeway continued through another bit of the reserve, then turned left at a path junction. After following a bridleway between tall hedges for almost another half mile, I turned right at a crossroads of bridleways. This soon brought me to a road, where I turned right and followed the road into Tring Station.

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Aldbury Nowers

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Aldbury Nowers

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Aldbury Nowers

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Aldbury Nowers

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The Ridgeway passing through the Aldbury Nowers nature reserve

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Aldbury Nowers

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The Ridgeway passing through the Aldbury Nowers nature reserve

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The bridleway continuing from Aldbury Nowers

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The bridleway continuing from Aldbury Nowers

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The bridleway after I turned right at the bridleway crossroads

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The road into Tring Station