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Gaddesden Estate Circular Walk

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Gaddesden Estate Circular Walk is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 731 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Forest Partially paved Views Wild flowers Pub walk
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NOTE: The Old Chequers pub is currently closed, however it is still possible to park at the site and the walking route itself remains open. A 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 out 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 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.

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David Garwood
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Great walk

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Chebey R
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parked near Gaddesden JMI School and it right point to join the trail. it was fun with 7 years old little one and done about 8 km with lots of fun in woods and farms.

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Sam D
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Lovely fairly flat trail with interesting stately homes to look at and some beautiful horses.

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Amit Ben
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Hiking

Lovely walk , Easy to moderate. I enjoyed it better then other walks I did in the area. NOTE: There is some confusion on the map, shortly after start , about a mile , you reach to a point where map direct you left strait into a farm. The lady owning the farm told me to go right instead as her farm is a private property. That took me to about another two miles of diversion via a lovely lavender fields. Nice diversion but the total walk was 6.5 miles instead of 4.7 The circle itself pass through lots of sheep and horses , even an active horse riding archery. Lovely fields on a sunny day , lovely views. I was alone all the way, no other hikers around. Recommended.

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Hannah Walmsley
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Hiking

A lovely walk, hardly saw anybody else apart from plenty of wildlife. Easy going and easy to follow with these instructions. Shame the pub is now shut! Gorgeous countryside.

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Vic Thompson
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Great trail, very quiet and lovely views.

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Sarah Hannigan
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Hiking

This was a lovely walk passing lots of beautiful horses and views! Just one thing to note was when parking the actual car park to the pub is closed but there is still space for some cars on the side of the road next to the barriers and in front of the houses next to the pub. Overall I loved this route and would go again!

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David Rees
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Hiking

Easy walk, nice to see a few pretty views and a couple of old manor houses. There is some confusion of route in the lowest field, and some very plain paths through fields.

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Angela Pritchett
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Hiking

Really nice walk. Lovely views, very easy to follow. No steep climbs or stiles to negotiate, just a few well behaved horses.

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Lorna Evans-Smith
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alot of this trail is over grown and it's also very smelly due to being amongst farms. there were so many flies as well

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kieran McMahon
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Took a party of 21 people on this walk on Monday 15th March 2019 .Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk - with good views , different scenery, as described relatively flat and it was not very muddy - which is good for March. Very easy to follow instructions. We had lunch at The Crown & Sceptre, looked after us very well. Whilst the majority were ok regarding their food a couple of people felt that the food was not very good. The Old Chequers is still closed - though there was some work being carried out inside.

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koslover koslover
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We did this lovely walk today - instructions were clear, weather was great, views were beautiful; thoroughly recommend (although can see it could get muddy through winter).

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Anne Howarth
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Very good clear directions an easy walk

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Malek Zeenni
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Ian Barber
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Emma Witts
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Marta Cazorla
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James Fremantle
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Steve Cooper
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Sarah Lake
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Anna Cochrane
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Alan Tasker
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Emma Witts
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Alex Neill
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Kevin Conway
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Kevin Wade
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Philip Martin
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Kim Gange
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