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|The Old Chequers and Gaddesden Estate|
|Author: Claire, Published: 15 Apr 2017||Walk Rating:|
|Hertfordshire, Hemel Hempstead|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from the Old Chequers in Gaddesden Row, Hertfordshire. The Old Chequers is an independent, family run pub serving delicious fresh food, where walkers and their canine pals are made very welcome. The walking route explores the stunning surrounding Hertfordshire countryside, discovering the picturesque and historic Gaddesden Estate and a stretch of the Chiltern Way. You will enjoy peaceful tracks leading you between rolling fields and pockets of mixed woodland with expansive views throughout. Along the way, you will see some of the estate’s historic buildings including Gaddesden Place and the Golden Parsonage. |
The walk is relatively flat for the most part, with just a few gentle slopes. The chalk paths can get very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles on route. The first mile (to Briden’s Camp) has no gates and follows wide chalk tracks, so in dry periods a 2 mile ‘there and back’ version of the route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies. For the remainder of the route, you will need to negotiate a few kissing gates plus some gaps alongside vehicle gates. You will cross a couple of horse paddocks (although the horses barely noticed us when we walked through) and two sheep pastures, so take particular care with dogs at these points. There is a 300 metre stretch along the edge of a country lane which needs care. Allow 2.5 hours.
Gaddesden Row is located in the Chiltern Hills, north of Hemel Hempstead. The walk starts and finishes at the Old Chequers pub which has its own car park. Approximate post code HP2 6HH.
|Start to Big Wood Crossroads|
Start point: 51.7995 lat, -0.4681 long
Standing in the front car park with your back to the pub, turn right along the wide grass verge (passing the pub’s garden on your right). Continue past Holly Cottage on your right and immediately afterwards, turn right onto the public footpath (signed to Briden’s Camp). Follow this short stretch of enclosed track (this can be boggy) which soon emerges to the corner of a crop field. Keep straight ahead with the crop field on your right and a hedgerow on your left.
|Big Wood Crossroads to Gaddesden Place|
Start point: 51.7885 lat, -0.484 long
Turn right to join the stone access track, with the woodland on your right and beautiful views across the rolling hills on your left. Continue to the end of this access track, passing a row of terraced cottages on your right to reach a T-junction with the road in Briden’s Camp.
|Gaddesden Place to Marsh Wood|
Start point: 51.79 lat, -0.4959 long
Gaddesden Place, today owned by Charles Moir, is used as a private house and also as the headquarters for Moir’s firm of software developers. Built in 1768 for the Hasley family, it was the first work of the architect James Wyatt, later responsible for the famous Pantheon in London and buried in Westminster Abbey. The house has been used as a location for many TV dramas, commercials and films including episodes of Lewis, Foyle’s War, Hustle, Jeeves and Wooster, Little Britain and Spooks.
|Marsh Wood to Gaddesden Row|
Start point: 51.794 lat, -0.4938 long
Follow the wide track ahead into the woodland, going ahead at the crossroads and passing the rear of the buildings at Home Farm on your right. At the far side of the wood you will emerge via a gateway to reach a staggered junction with a stone vehicle track. Go straight ahead to merge onto this stone track and follow it between hedgerows, trees and crop fields. Soon, another of the beautiful historic buildings within Gaddesden Estate comes into view ahead, the red brick Golden Parsonage.
|Gaddesden Row to End|
Start point: 51.8053 lat, -0.4787 long
Cross over the road with care and go ahead into the access drive (signed as a byway to Ballingdon Bottom). Pass the school on your left and continue ahead to join the pretty green track, lined with hedgerows. At the first crossroads, you will see a yellow-topped waymarker post. Here we leave the Chiltern Way.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Very good clear directions an easy walk
|By spongegrease on 07 Jul 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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 15 Apr 2017
The pictures do not do justice to this very picturesque walk. With views of the rolling hills of Hertfordshire, lovely hedgerows, dense woodlands and green pastures.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 15 Apr 2017
The fields near the Golden Parsonage were full of dandelions.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 15 Apr 2017
These lovely boys galloped over to see us as we neared the end of our walk.
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