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Distance11.74km Vertical gain+157m Vertical drop-161m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.

Distance10.39km Vertical gain+93m Vertical drop-96m Duration3h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th Century mansions which dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still greatly influenced by the great designers, including Capability Brown. A walk with great views over the Gade valley and a revelation of the life style of baronets and local squires in the 1700s and the lesser houses of their tenants.

Distance10.24km Vertical gain+39m Vertical drop-39m Duration3h00 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Aspenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant circular Hertfordshire walk starting from the village of Aspenden near Buntingford. The route featues an abandoned village, a Roman Road and a moated house. Aspenden has pub for those requiring refreshment at the end of the walk.

Distance8.02km Vertical gain+124m Vertical drop-127m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire includes the attractive downland between Telegraph and Deacon Hills and a section of the Icknield Way.

Distance8.26km Vertical gain+69m Vertical drop-73m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This short Hertfordshire walk explores the pleasant countryside to the south east of Jockey End and follows the Hertfordshire Way to descend into the Gade Valley and the village of Great Gaddesden. The return route leaves the valley following the Chiltern Way for the return to the start.

Distance14.4km Vertical gain+60m Vertical drop-63m Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hertfordshire

A Hertfordshire walk that explores the area to the east of Rickmansworth. The route uses a mixture of paths, lanes and canal towpaths following sections of the Chess Valley Walk and the Croxley Green Boundary Walk.

Distance18.18km Vertical gain+243m Vertical drop-247m Duration5h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

National Trails and Long Distance Paths crisscross the Chilterns in this area. This Circular Walk makes use of short stretches of at least five such to provide a beautiful and varied walk through Chiltern woodland, on Chiltern chalk downs with wide vistas from the scarp edge of the hills, along a stretch of the historic Grand Union Canal, and through one of the prettiest villages in Hertfordshire.

Distance11.03km Vertical gain+79m Vertical drop-80m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in St. Paul's Walden - Hertfordshire

This Hertfordshire walk mainly uses old green lanes to go through a varied landscape of fields, woods and hedgerows to arrive at the Holt and then by footpaths to Cuckolds Cross. After that there is a section of larger arable fields where you join the Hertfordshire Way to reach Whitwell, an expanded village with an interesting older centre. The final leg passes through a rare breeds farm and The Bury, birthplace of the late Queen Mother.

Distance10.24km Vertical gain+76m Vertical drop-85m Duration3h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hertfordshire

Starting from Hemel Hempstead Station this is a walk which can be enjoyed without a car. The station is right on the edge of the town so virtually all the route is through the open country, much of it through Boxmoor Trust land, on the plateau of the Chilterns and along the Grand Union Canal. There are lots of reminders of the history of the area from 1594 through WWII. If you are lucky you may see a couple of rare farm breeds kept on Trust land and some interesting birds along the canal.

Distance18.93km Vertical gain+186m Vertical drop-190m Duration5h50 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

The northern end of the Chilterns almost seem to be a geological afterthought as they straddle the Bedfordshire Hertfordshire border. Starting from Hexton this walk offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history.

Distance17.71km Vertical gain+160m Vertical drop-164m Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history. The route includes sections of the Icknield and John Bunyan Ways.