Pete's Walks - Ashridge, Frithsden, Ward's Hurst Farm (page 1 of 5)

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

I did this circular walk of about 10.8 miles on Wednesday, 19th June 2024. It was another repeat of a walk I first did in August 2022, and have repeated several times since (the most recent time was in January 2024). Much of this report is 'cut and paste' from my report for that original walk (I'm getting even lazier).

I parked in the small car park off the B4506 just south of Ringshall (Grid Reference SP983137) and started walking about 9.45am. Across the road a permissive path led eastwards through a narrow belt of trees, between gardens on the left and part of the Ashridge golf course on the right. This path is on the route of the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail, which I would follow for the first few miles of this walk and at the end of the walk (it is indicated by green waymarks with a white footprint on them). Despite this being the middle of June, the path was very muddy in places, a foretaste of what was to come (and a sign of just how wet Spring was this year, the sixth wettest on record). After a few hundred yards I went straight on at a path crossroads, initially with more garden boundaries on my left but then with woodland either side.

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The permissive path going past Ashridge golf course (part of the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail)

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The permissive path going past from Ashridge golf course

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The permissive path continuing from Ashridge golf course

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The permissive path continuing from Ashridge golf course

On reaching a drive to Ashridge House, I crossed over and continued along the permissive path as it followed the drive to the right for a short way and then curved left into Golden Valley. Here the valley was a swathe of short grass with woodland on the upper slopes either side (this landscape was designed by the renowned Lancelot 'Capability' Brown). I followed the bottom of the valley for several hundred yards. On reaching a crossing fence I went straight on (there was a stile and a gap in the fence). The wood on my right receded here, and as I continued along the valley in a large empty cattle pasture, I passed the end of the wood on my left. On eventually reaching another crossing fence and hedge, I turned right and followed the fence uphill. At the top of the slope the fence turned left, and I also turned left, gradually moving slightly away from the fence as I headed towards a small wood named Webb's Copse. I went over another stile and continued through the wood.

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The permissive path approaching Golden Valley

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Golden Valley

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Golden Valley

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Golden Valley

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The permissive path going up the side of Golden Valley after turning right

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View back across Golden Valley

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The path approaching Webb's Copse