There are currently 11 comments and 5 photos online for this walk.
|The Alford Arms and the Chiltern Hills|
|Author: Claire, Published: 26 May 2014||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Alford Arms in Frithsden, Hertfordshire. The Alford Arms has a wonderful philosophy of ‘children, dogs and muddy boots welcome’, but don’t think spit and sawdust. You’ll find a friendly atmosphere, good local ales, carefully chosen wines and delicious meals (including the best Sunday roast we’ve had in years). The walking route takes in the surrounding rolling hills of the Chilterns, with ancient lanes, pastures, woodlands and water meadows. There are lovely views throughout and the chance to see plenty of wildlife. |
The route includes several long and steady climbs and descents, plus a couple of steeper sections. The paths are firm in the main, but can get muddy after rain or in winter and the water meadows (as the name suggests) can be quite marshy so good boots are a must. There are no stiles on route, just some kissing gates to negotiate. There are a couple of short sections of walking along the country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. Two of the fields you cross may be holding cattle and/or sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Frithsden is located about two miles north of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. The walk starts and finishes from the Alford Arms which has its own small car park. There is also a small amount of street-side parking nearby but this fills up quickly at peak times. To make life easier for the pub, please try to arrive in the morning to complete the walk while the pub is closed, finishing just in time for a well-earned lunch as the pub opens. Approximate post code HP1 3DD.
|Start to Nettleden|
Start point: 51.7777 lat, -0.5277 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the road edge. Immediately after passing in front of the pub, turn right again onto the small village lane signed as the Icknield Way. On the left you’ll see Little Manor, a property with a particularly ornate ‘pargetted’ exterior believed to date back to the early 1500s.
|Nettleden to Amaravati Monastery|
Start point: 51.7841 lat, -0.5235 long
Cross over the road and turn left for just a few yards, taking care of any traffic, and then turn right to join the public footpath signed to St Margarets. Pass through the staggered barrier and follow the path climbing steadily between hedgerows. (Watch out for any nettles – the name Nettleden means ‘valley where nettles grow’ so you have been warned!)
|Amaravati Monastery to Church|
Start point: 51.792 lat, -0.52 long
Immediately after the monastery entrance on the left, you’ll see a small track off to the right. Do NOT take the track itself, instead look for the wooden gate set within the hedge to the right of it and pass through this. Follow the fenced footpath which runs around the outside of a horse paddock.
|Church to Heizdin's Wood|
Start point: 51.7907 lat, -0.5098 long
You will emerge from the churchyard to a tarmac driveway, with the village school on the left. Follow the drive as it swings right to reach the main road. Cross over with care and turn right for just a few yards. Ignore the stile on the left, instead take the track immediately afterwards (the driveway for Sybden), a footpath signed for Nettleden Road.
|Heizdin's Wood to End|
Start point: 51.7793 lat, -0.5049 long
Follow the path which enters the woodland and then swings right through the centre of it. Locally the woodland is known as Badger Wood. You will be passing between a number of old beech trees and the ground is awash with bluebells every spring.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
No nettles for us (March 2018). Directions are perfect, easy to follow and all markers exactly where described. Love the additional historical facts in the walk description too.
|By luba0310 on 18 Mar 2018|
Good walk. note that the last stretch of footpath before you hit the roads to the end is very overgrown with nettles
|By stevewithers on 10 Oct 2017|
Lovely walk, just wish I had read all the comments! As per the last comment by kav106 - the last footpath is very narrow and overgrown with nettles, so long trousers and covered arms are a must otherwise - like me - you will still be stinging the next day!! Assume that not many people have walked this route recently as it's so overgrown. Lovely lunch at the Alford Arms afterwards - for once a gastro-pub which actually lives up to its good billing! Recommended.
|By skamen1 on 25 Sep 2017|
Great walk! First time using ifootpath found the instructions very good and informative hard to get lost once you find out there are more instructions when you scroll down (my mistake). Decided to have lunch at the Alford arms first which was excellent! Then walk the lunch off. The only issue we found was towards the end of the walk, the path round the horses paddock was very overgrown with stingy nettles, which was not good for walkers wearing shorts, but other than that highly recommended!!! We all had the roast beef!!
|By kav106 on 14 Jun 2017|
Fabulous walk and equally excellent pub grub. Who knew there was a Buddhist monestary on our door step!
|By fatbird2 on 13 Feb 2017|
Great walk. The Alford Arms is now open again, refurbed after the fire (Summer 2016). The text refers to the "Hasley family", but this is misspelt and should be "Halsey".
|By JamesRoper42 on 01 Sep 2016|
A lovely walk through some stunning countryside, even the stubborn showers that I had couldn't ruin it. The Alford Arms is a great pub, very dog friendly and lovely staff, food is great quality.
|By Pete on 29 Aug 2016|
Great walk with relatively easy climbs. Our daughter of 13 said it was the best walk she had ever been on. Partly as we saw 3 separate lots of Alpacas.
|By hunterarcher on 30 May 2016|
What a great walk! Never knew we had such beautiful countryside on the front door! Very Dog friendly as well. As an update, The Alford Arms should be opening again late summer 2016.
|By palmerr2002 on 13 Apr 2016|
Very clear and detailed instructions and a lovely walk.
|By nickchadwick on 06 Apr 2015|
This was a wonderful walk, first time I had done an ifootpath walk. Detail was brilliant, no chance of getting lost. And the lunch afterwards at the Alford Arms was fab-u-lous. Did walk and lunch with friends, will be repeating the experience with my family. Many thanks. Susie
|By willowway on 25 Mar 2015|
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.
Powered by World Weather Online.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2014
A lot of work to keep from meeting the peasants
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 May 2014
Taken in May 2014
|Image by: poppetman |
Uploaded: 06 Oct 2017
in a field
iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!