Friday, 18 April 2014

Chilterns and Thames Valley

Good Friday

bridgwater-monument.jpg Distance: 7.53 miles
Ascent: 280 metres
Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes

Walk 21: Aldbury, Ivinghoe Beacon and Ashridge

We parked our car this morning near the Bridgwater Monument on the Ashridge estate. By the time we returned to it, the peaceful estate had been transformed: it was now thronging with families determined to make the best of the bank holiday. It was the same at Ivinghoe Beacon, the most distant point of the route. But between these two places we had the rolling Chiltern Hills to ourselves in glorious sunshine.

grand-union.jpg Distance: 6.88 miles
Ascent: 119 metres
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes

Walk 19: Northchurch and Berkhamsted Commons

A couple of miles from Ashridge, this second walk of the day crossed heathland before dropping down to a tranquil stretch alongside the Grand Union Canal.

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