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Berkhamsted, Pitstone Windmill & Ivinghoe Beacon – Long & Medium Marathon Hike
Walk length 10miles/16km Linear or 21miles/32km Linear or 26miles/41km Circular. Approx. A long panoramic hike with a wide variety of landscapes starting from the Chiltern town of Berkhamsted with its medieval castle along the golden valley to the Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge. The second section goes to Pitstone Windmill and Ivinghoe Beacon with the return across section across Aldbury Common and the Grand Union Canal back to Berkhamsted. We will begin the walk by walking round Berkhamsted castle. Features on the hike include.. The Bridgewater monument erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater who was famously known as the "Canal Duke", for his creation of a series of canals in North West England. The Golden Valley to the north-east of Ashridge house, this was created by the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown in the 18th century. Pitstone Windmill one of the oldest windmills in Britain dating back to the 17th century. Ivinghoe Beacon at 233m (757ft) above sea level and one of the most prominent hills in the Chiltern Hills. A section of the Grand Union Canal, stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks. The full walk is 26miles approx (circular) if you take the train or start the walk from Berkhamsted railway station. There is the option of taking the train back from Tring on two of the legs of the walk back to Berkhamsted or London. Distances are: Berkamsted to Berkamsted 26miles (Circular). Berkhamsted to Tring 10miles (linear) take the train back to Berkhamsted or London. Berkhamsted to Tring 21miles (linear take train back to Berkamsted or London. We have stops along the route at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre and Ivinghoe village for lunch/breaks. The hike will not be a route march but will be taken at a reasonable pace in order to finish at a reasonable time, there are fairly late trains back from berkhamsted. We will visit the 16th century Crown pub in Berkhamsted after the hike. THIS IS A VERY LONG AND SUBSTANTIAL HIKE WITH BOTH HILL, RIDGE AND FLAT SECTIONS, PLEASE DON'T RSVP IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THIS. Lunch & Finish Please bring a packed lunch & water for the walk, we will have a late lunch close to Ivinghoe Beacon. The walk should finish at 7pm however the time may be earlier than this depending on the weather and pace. Meeting and Transport AT BERKHAMSTED - Meet from 9:00am at Berkhamsted Railway Station for walk to start at 9.15am (the train from London arrives at 9.00am). Car Parking at Berkhamsted: Street parking near the station and close to the castle (please leave enough time to park and check parking restrictions). Please note the organizer is not coming by train but will meet you at Berkhamsted. AT LONDON - Train from London: The 8:24am train from London Euston gets to Berkhamsted for 9.00am. See: National Rail Enquiries ( If coming by train I suggest you meet at 7.45am close to the Accessorize shop at London Euston opposite the tickets kiosks to give you time to get tickets/group saves as you may have to queue (see photo below). Cost Train £15.80 approx but with a group save or network railcard discount should be about £12 approx. Hike guide cost £5 Please note the organizers number - Colin[masked]. Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks, however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy ( Walking Safety Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (

Berkhamsted Station

Station Approach, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2AR · Berkhamsted

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Welcome to Chiltern Explorers a walking social group aiming to do a wide range of guided walks across the Chilterns and further afield exploring other fantastic British countryside.

Most of our walks start at a convenient tube or railway station and aim to get the best deals on any group save tickets for trains and try when possible to look for free car parking giving you as many travel options as possible.

All our walks are well researched, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery or urban views in the company of other like-minded individuals and of course you will be keeping fit. Most walks end with a well-deserved pub stop with a strong social ethos.

The walks are very varied with a relaxed feel, mainly around ten miles and at the weekend but some short walks from seven miles to longer faster paced walks of up to 20 miles and some mid-week walks. We are enthusiastic about photography and encourage sightseeing.

We are twined with a more city urban walking group London Explorers ( and often do events together. Chiltern explorers is based to the west of London in the gorgeous Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and also does a wide range of weekends away to other UK National Parks and other AONBs.

Chiltern Explorers is unusual for many outdoor meetup groups in that it currently only arranges the walks and leaves the accommodation up to the members giving members the option to go on the days they want and stay according to their budget, many members also car share for trips away. The weekends have a good social atmosphere and comradery.

The country walks have covered the Chiltern and Surrey hills, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head and the Lake District amongst many others.

I hope you decide to join us!

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