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|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.
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|
Very clear and detailed instructions and a lovely walk.
|By nickchadwick on 06 Apr 2015|
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|
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|
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. 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|
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! 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|
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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Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
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Uploaded: 26 May 2014
A lot of work to keep from meeting the peasants
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Uploaded: 26 May 2014
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