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|The Akeman Tring Park and Hastoe Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 07 Nov 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular pub walk from The Akeman in Tring, Hertfordshire. At the Akeman you will find an open fire, open kitchen and open arms ready to welcome you at all times of day. The walking route explores the adjacent Tring Park, one of the largest areas of unimproved chalk grassland in the country, and returns through the beautiful Stubbings Wood, a haven for wild flowers and birds. |
The walk follows paths through the parkland and woodland and, whilst these are fairly well made, they can get quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are several climbs and descents throughout. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate several steps and kissing gates. There are a couple of sections of road walking along quiet country lanes so take care of any traffic at these points. The large open grass parkland within Tring Park is used for grazing cattle so take particular care with dogs here. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Tring is located in west Hertfordshire, just north of the A41 and close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The walk starts and finishes at The Akeman pub on Akeman Street. The most convenient car park is The Forge pay and display car park which is accessed from the High Street. From the crossroads of Akeman Street and High Street at the centre of Tring, follow the High Street east passing the Church of St Peter and St Paul on the left. Soon afterwards you will find the entrance for the car park on the left (before you pass the park gates on the right). The car park costs £1.40 for 4 hours (correct Oct 2014). Approximate post code HP23 5AE.
|Start to A41|
Start point: 51.7944 lat, -0.6595 long
Leave The Forge car park via the vehicle entrance. Turn right for a few paces, cross the road via the zebra crossing and then turn right to continue along the High Street (on the left-hand pavement). You will pass the Church of St Peter and St Paul across to the right. Further along, take the first road turning on the left, Akeman Street, signed for the Museum and Tring Park. A short way along you will come to The Akeman pub on the left, our host for today’s walk. You can enjoy refreshments here before or after your walk, the choice is yours.
|A41 to Temple|
Start point: 51.7888 lat, -0.6589 long
Climb the spiral steps to reach the footbridge over the A41. As you cross the bridge, look ahead to the main park. You will be able to see the park’s old avenue of trees at about 1 o’clock and a grass footpath heading up the slope at about 11 o’clock – it is this latter grass path you will be joining shortly. Head down the spiral slope, go through the kissing gate (note: you may come across cattle from this point) and walk ahead for a few paces to reach an information board about Tring Park.
|Temple to Marlin Hill|
Start point: 51.7879 lat, -0.6472 long
Facing the temple, turn sharp right to follow the wide avenue (still climbing steadily). You will be able to hear a road down to the left. Pass alongside the wide wooden gate and you will emerge to a signed junction of paths. Keep straight ahead along the avenue, signed for the Ridgeway.
|Marlin Hill to Hastoe Grove|
Start point: 51.7773 lat, -0.6633 long
Turn left along the lane, still signed for the Ridgeway, taking care of any occasional traffic. Take the first turning on the right, Church Lane, again signed as the Ridgeway. Follow this lane, passing between the occasional properties of the village of Hastoe. Ignore the first footpath signed off to the right, simply stay on the lane.
|Hastoe Grove to End|
Start point: 51.7774 lat, -0.6737 long
Pass alongside the gate to the right of Hastoe Grove and, immediately afterwards, fork right onto the public footpath signed for Hastoe Hill. Follow this path for just a few paces (with a wire fence on the right) and you will reach another signed fork. Take the left-hand fork, a subtle path which leads you through the beech trees.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
This is a lovely walk. I enjoyed every part of the route from the town centre through the park, along the ridgeway and the descent back into Tring. We also had a great lunch in The Akeman (Fish and Chips for me).
|By Richard on 09 Nov 2014|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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