Pete's Walks - Ashridge and Aldbury (page 2 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 and GPX files.

Google map of the walk

When I did this walk in the opposite direction, I'd taken a public footpath out of Aldbury, so I was now looking for a public footpath sign or waymark on the right. When I reached a bridleway going right, I realised I'd gone too far - looking on the OS map (too late!) I saw that rather bizarrely the path I wanted was only a public footpath from Aldbury to the edge of the wooded slope on my right, thereafter the map shows it as a dotted black line (this is an Open Access area, so there's no issue with using it). Consequently there was no public footpath sign where it meets the bridleway I was on. I couldn't be bothered to go back uphill to find the end of the path, so I turned right along the bridleway (which I have walked just as infrequently as the path I missed). I soon left the woods, passing a paddock on the right and then following a straight drive to reach a street in Aldbury opposite a black-and-white timber-framed cottage. I turned left along the street, keeping to the left of the pond when I reached the village centre. I then went straight on at a slightly staggered crossroads, following a sign pointing the way to the Valiant Trooper pub.

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The bridleway after I turned right (having missed the turning for the path I meant to take)

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Further along the bridleway

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Further along the bridleway, approaching the street through Aldbury

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The street through Aldbury after I turned left

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The village pond in Aldbury

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The street to the Valiant Trooper

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The Valiant Trooper, Aldbury

When I reached the Valiant Trooper the street turned left but I went straight on a few yards and took a footpath on the right. This path was soon crossing a field (the OS map shows two paths here, I took the leftmost one and don't remember seeing the other one), on the far side of which it ran alongside a hedge on my left with a triangular area of rough grass to my right. The path then switched to the left of the hedgerow, and followed it as it turned left (Station Road was now on the other side of the hedge). In the next field corner I went through a hedge gap and went straight on at a path crossroads (Station Road went right at this point).

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The path I took out of Aldbury

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The path I took out of Aldbury

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View towards Wigginton (I think)

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The path running parallel to Station road (over the hedge)

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The path continuing straight on from the path junction where Station Road turns right

After a while the path turned left (actually, according the OS map the path ended and a byway started off to the left). I was soon following a line of trees on my right, with an area of reeds and rough grass on the other side - there used to be a pond here but it seems to have dried up. The path then followed a track across a large arable field, passing close to a barn to my right. This brought me to Newground Road, where I turned right. A byway almost immediately went left, but I stayed on the road for another two or three hundred yards until a second byway went left (the finger-post indicated it was going to Dudswell).

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The same path after it turns left (actually it becomes a byway where it turns left)

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The byway continuing to Newground Road

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Newground Road

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View towards Aldbury Nowers

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Newground Road