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Inspiring Views Trail

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A 5.5 mile circular walk within the Surrey Hills which celebrates the Inspiring Views art project, visiting a number of beautiful viewpoints and discovering the sculptural benches and poetry inspired by these. You will be taken on a peaceful journey through the densely wooded rolling hills, interspersed with breath-taking viewpoints and artwork. The Inspiring Views project, the brainchild of Surrey Hills Arts, aims to discover, reveal and interpret the views from the Surrey Hills. The artworks respond to the location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. A poet and sound artist have also created a response to the viewpoints to further enhance the visitor experience.


The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. The steepest climb and descent, over Pitch Hill, can easily be excluded if you prefer. The route follows paths and bridleways through woodland and open grassland, and many sections can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate a few steps plus a kissing gate and two stiles. Both stiles have gaps alongside for dogs and, if necessary, the stiles can be avoided be excluding the arm to the Alderbrook Viewpoint. There is no livestock on route. The final stretch, climbing back onto the Greensand Ridge, can get overgrown with bracken in the late summer. There is one short stretch along the edge of a golf course, so take care of any stray flying balls at this point. Allow 3 hours.


The walk starts and finishes from Car Park 5 (managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood), the Winterfold Donkins Car Park, which is accessed from Winterfold Heath Road. (NOTE: This road is incorrectly labled Greensand Lane on Google Maps). Exit the A25 (Dorking to Guildford Road) at Shere village and head south on Hound House Road. After about 2 miles, fork right onto the road signed to Winterfold. Take the next right (Winterfold Heath Road), a narrow lane which contains many of the car parks managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood. You will pass car parks 4, 12 and 13 – keep going until you reach Car Park 5 on the left-hand side. There is no postcode for the car park, the nearest post code is GU5 9EN (which will take you to just a couple of streets away). Car Park 5 is sometimes closed for forestry works, in which case you can use Car Park 6 (located round the road corner).


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Walderton and Adsdean Loop

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A relatively short walk in West Sussex, this 3 mile circuit is partly through woods but also providing expansive views down to Chichester Harbour and The Solent in places. There are two moderate climbs, one at the beginning of the walk and one a short distance after the start. There are a couple of stiles to negotiate and four kissing gates. You should not meet any cattle or sheep, but you are likely to pass some pigs which are fenced off by electric fences.

Walderton is on the B2146 between Racton and West Marden. The walk starts at the junction between this road and the road to Stoughton. It is served by buses number 121 and 54. The approximate post code of the start of the walk is PO18 9EA and the latitude and longitude of the car park is 50.888462, -0.881782. There is adequate parking on a green, adjacent to the road junction.


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Sussex Hospice Trail Part 22: Horsham to Billingshurst

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A 10 mile linear walk from Horsham rail station to Billingshurst rail station in West Sussex, forming Part 22 of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This long distance walk takes in both the undulating countryside of the Sussex Weald and the market town of Horsham. On route you will pass the historic Christ Hospital, one of the oldest schools in England, walk along the scenic Downs Way Link and West Sussex Literary Trail and take in interesting estates and ancient woodland. The return leg can be completed with a single 10 minute train journey. 


The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospice Trail, a 200-mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex. 


The Weald is well known for its mud and after rain the trail can be heavy going in places. You will need to negotiate a number of stiles, kissing gates, narrow footbridges and footpaths, short sections of steps and cross one pedestrian level crossing. There are a few road crossings that need care when crossing and two short sections of road which are only accessible via grass and road side verge. The first stretch of the route takes you through the busy town of Horsham but this soon opens up into woodland and open fields. You are likely to come across livestock in some of the fields so take particular care with dogs. Allow 5 hours. 


Toilets are available at the rail stations at each end but there are a number of opportunities for toilet breaks and refreshments along the route, most notably Horsham Town centre and Barns Green for pubs and a very nice campsite café. Picnic spots can be found at many of the locations on route.


The walk starts at Horsham rail station and ends at Billinghurst rail station. The two stations are connected by a fairly regular service and the journey takes just 10 minutes. If you are coming by car, there are pay and display car parks alongside both stations. Approximate post code for Horsham Station RH12 1RD.


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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 21: Balcombe to Horsham

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An 11 mile linear walk from Balcombe rail station to Horsham rail station in West Sussex, forming the 21st stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes in the High Weald Landscape of the Sussex countryside and passes through a changing scenery of working farms, rolling fields and mature woodlands. You will also pass through Nymans ancient woodland, set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its magnificent Redwoods and clear lakes. The return leg can be completed with a 30-minute train journey which includes one change.

The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospice Trail, a 200-mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.

The Weald is well known for its mud and after rain the trail can be heavy going in places. You will need to negotiate a number of stiles, kissing gates, narrow footbridges and short sections of steep steps through some of the woodlands. There are a few road crossings that need care and one section of very busy road at Handcross which has only a grass verge and no pavement. The final stretch of the route takes you along the residential outskirts of Horsham. Dogs should have no problem on this walk but take care with them as there may be livestock grazing in the fields. Allow approximately 5 to 6 hours.

Toilets are available at the rail stations at each end and at Nymans where you will also find refreshments at the National Trust cafe. Picnic opportunities can be found at many of the locations on route.

The walk starts at Balcombe rail station car park and ends at Horsham rail station. The two stations are connected by a regular train service but you will need to make one change at Three Bridges station. If you are coming by car there are pay and display car parks at both stations. Approximate postcode for Balcombe rail station RH17 6JQ.

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 24: Pulborough to Amberley

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A 6.5 mile linear walk from Pulborough rail station to Amberley rail station forming Part 24 of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This is a fascinating walk of contrasting landscapes such as wooded heathland, managed wetlands along the Arun, the picture box village of Amberley and the chalk scarp slope of the Downs. The return leg can be completed with a single 6 minute train journey.

The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.

This stretch of the route has several climbs and descents throughout, including one steep climb up to the South Downs ridge. Several of the paths follow the River Arun and cross its flood plain so it can be very muddy at times (and may be impassable with floodwater in wet winters or after periods of heavy rain). In summer, some of the narrow paths can be a bit overgrown. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and a few stiles. You will be sharing a few of the fields with cattle and at least one field with sheep so take particular care with dogs. Allow 3.5 hours.

Pulborough is a large village where the Rivers Arun and Rother meet. It looks southwards over the broad flood plain of the River Arun to the South Downs and is on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park. Pulborough rail station is on the London Victoria - Bognor Regis line. The station has a ticket office, coffee shop, toilets and a taxi rank. If you are coming by car the post code for Pulborough Station is RH20 1AH and parking is £5.50 per day or £2.00 on Sundays (correct June 2016). For the return train journey from Amberley to Pulborough there are usually two trains per hour on weekdays and one train per hour at weekends.

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Mark's Birthday Walk

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Two walks in one. An 8 mile (can be shorted to 6 miles) circular walk taking in part of the South Downs Way and the Monarchs Way, between Halnaker and Duncton in West Sussex, with fabulous views down to the coast and to the north and west. This walk, inspired by 'Bracken's birthday walk' (which we did a few weeks ago) when we realised that there was far more to see in this area. The walk starts and ends in the same manner as the other walk but the main body of the walk is completely different and I have to say is stunning. Mark, who like us had never done it before, commented during the walk "it's as if you've found a part of England that nobody has seen before, and it's on our doorstep!"

You will need to negotiate several gates on route, plus one stile (which has a gap alongside suitable for most dogs). You may come across livestock in some of the open downland fields, so take care with dogs. Some of the livestock are held behind electric fencing and in the open fields the livestock tend to be accustomed to walkers. Allow 3 to 4 hours.

The 'Benges' runs east along a ridge on the South Downs from the Goodwood horse racecourse. The road is in fact called Selhurstpark Road. The most direct route is to take the A285 from Halnaker towards Petworth. After leaving Halnaker and driving for 2.8 miles, Selhurstpark Road is on the left. Turn left onto it and the parking area is immediately on the left. The Lat/Lng of the parking is 50.899741/-0.666196. Nearest post code GU28 0LZ.

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Buriton and the South Downs Way

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A 3 mile circular walk from the village of Buriton near Petersfield in Hampshire. Buriton is an idyllic village with two pubs, a large duck pond, a Norman church and lots of pretty cottages. The walking route climbs steeply up the chalk escarpment of the South Downs, visiting the Buriton Chalk Pits which once supplied the thriving lime kiln industry. After following a short stretch of the South Downs Way, with lovely views, the route descends back into the village passing through woodland and fields.

The walk follows chalk tracks and paths for the main, which can get very muddy and slippery after wet weather. There is a fairly steep and long climb near the start and the equivalent descent towards the end. There are no stiles on route, just two kissing gates and some shallow steps (although these obstacles can also be avoided if necessary). Some of the tracks are deeply rutted and uneven and so the route is not suitable for pushchairs. The final stretch follows the edge of a quiet country lane so take care of traffic at this point. One stretch follows a narrow fenced footpath which is prone to becoming overgrown in late summer (although an alternative route along the road can be used instead if necessary). Allow 1 to 1.5 hours (depending on the conditions underfoot).

Buriton is a small village in East Hampshire, about 2 miles south of Petersfield. The walk starts and finishes in the free gravel car park alongside St Mary's Church and the village duck pond (at the junction between High Street and North Lane). Approximate post code GU31 5RT.

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Finchdean Loop

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A pleasant 4 mile circular walk starting and ending in Finchdean, Hampshire. The walk includes woodland and open downland with glimpses of the Solent. It includes the ancient church of St Hubert's which has some recently discovered wall paintings. 

On the walk you will encounter a number of stiles and kissing gates and one field where cattle may be grazing. Allow 2 hours.

Finchdean is a small village which lies to the north of Rowlands Castle and to the east of Horndean. From Rowlands Castle travel north up the Finchdean Road. After one mile turn left onto Dean Lane. You will reach Finchdean, in 0.4 of a mile. The postcode in the centre of the village is PO8 0AY and the lat-lng is 50.910129 -0.950824.

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Finchdean and West Marden Loop

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A pleasant 4.5 mile circular walk starting at Finchdean and going to West Marden, returning by an alternate route. The walk includes woodland and open downland with views down to the Solent during the early part of the walk.

The walk follows a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet lanes. There is one stile that you will need to cross twice (once at the start of the walk and once at the end). There are no cattle or sheep on this walk. Allow 2.5 hours.

Finchdean is a small village which lies to the north of Rowlands Castle and to the east of Horndean. From Rowlands Castle travel north up the Finchdean Road. After one mile turn left onto Dean Lane. You will reach Finchdean, in 0.4 of a mile. The postcode in the centre of the village is PO8 0AY and the lat-lng is 50.910129 -0.950824. There is (currently) free parking in the centre of the village for a few cars by the village hall, otherwise there are areas in the village where roadside parking is possible.

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Kingsclere and Hannington

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A 6 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Kingsclere in Hampshire. The route heads south, exploring the beautiful rolling Hampshire Downs with peaceful tracks and beautiful views throughout. Halfway round, the walk leads you through the idyllic village of Hannington with its pretty village green and imposing church.

The route has several climbs and descents throughout. The vast majority of the route follows bridleway tracks, some tarmac or stone which give a firm walking surface, but also some grass stretches which can get muddy and slippery. There is one stretch of footpath which passes through a pasture, sometimes holding cattle, although this can be avoided if you prefer. You will need to negotiate a few staggered barriers, a couple of flights of steps, some bridle gates plus three kissing gates, but there are no stiles on route. Some of the tracks have sheep pastures alongside, enclosed with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs. Allow 3 hours.

Kingsclere is located just south of the A339, about 8 miles north west of Basingstoke. The walk starts and finishes at the Anchor Road car park (near to St Mary's Church), a free car park for about 20 cars. If this is full, there is some street parking available further along Anchor Road, but please park with respect for the residents. Approximate post code RG20 5NE.

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Rowlands Castle and Finchdean

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An easy 4 mile round trip in Hampshire, from Rowlands Castle to Finchdean and back. Through open countryside for most of the time, the route gives you expansive views and no significant hills. You will need to negotiate one stile and a number of kissing gates. You are unlikely to meet any cattle, but there is a good chance that you will encounter some sheep.

Rowlands Castle has good access by car, bus or train. It is easily reached by car from junction 2 of the A3(M). Take the B2149 travelling south until you reach the double roundabout at Rowlands Castle, and turn left at the 1st roundabout onto Red Hill Road. After half a mile, at The Green, park by the side of the road, the double bridge which marks the starting point can be seen in front of you. The number 27 bus service from either Emsworth or Havant goes to Rowlands Castle and stops at the green at the top of Uplands Road (see the first section of the walk as this green is part way round the route). Access by train is available on the Havant to Waterloo line. Exit the station on the north-going line side. The access road leads directly onto Bowes Hill (again see the first section of the walk). Nearest post code PO9 6BW.

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Burghclere and Earlstone Manor

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A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Burghclere in Hampshire. This is a particularly peaceful walk, given its proximity to the A34 and the town of Newbury. The route follows bridleway tracks through woodland, plus paths across fields and you will also discover a few beautiful estates along the way.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, but there are no steep sections. About a third of the route is on surfaced pavements and tracks, with the remainder following unmade paths, some stretches of which can get muddy at times. There is one short stretch along a quiet road. You will need to negotiate several gates plus one stile (that has a gap underneath that most dogs should be able to fit through). Most of the route is on enclosed paths, but you will need to cross two grass pastures. These were empty when we walked (in December) but they may be holding grazing cattle in the warmer months. Allow 2 hours.

Burghclere village is located in Hampshire, close to the Berkshire border and about 4 miles south of Newbury. The walk starts and finishes in the free car park for Burghclere Sports Club and the Recreation Ground which is on Harts Lane. Approximate post code RG20 9JD.

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Weston Common and Weston Patrick

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A 5 mile circular walk close to the village of Lasham in Hampshire. The route explores the pretty woodland of Weston Common before heading north on a bridleway track, passing between rolling arable fields to reach the village of Weston Patrick, with its beautiful church and pretty cottages. The return leg follows an ancient thoroughfare, now a beautiful woodland track. The area is particularly peaceful and you are likely to see plenty of wildlife along the way.

The walk has several long and steady slopes throughout, but there are no steep sections. The tracks are a mixture of stone, grass and unmade surfaces, some of which can be very muddy at times, so good boots are a must. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route, but the tracks are very rutted in parts and so would not be suitable for pushchairs or disability buggies. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, although you are likely to see plenty of game birds and wild deer so take care with dogs. There is one stretch (of about 300m) along the edge of a road, so take care of traffic on this part. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk is situated about half-way between Basingstoke and Alton. The walk starts and finishes from the parking area for Weston Common, about 1.5 miles north-east of the village of Lasham. Weston Common shares its vehicle access drive with Humbly Grove Oilfield. The drive is accessed from The Avenue, opposite the Avenue Nurseries Garden Centre. Take the oilfield entrance drive for just 100 metres and you will see the Weston Common parking area on you right (alongside a vehicle barrier and a Forestry Commission Weston Common sign). There is parking for about 10 cars here. Approximate post code GU34 5SU

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Wootton St Lawrence and Malshanger Park

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A 5.5 mile circular walk from the village of Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke in Hampshire. The route explores the local footpaths and bridleway tracks, taking you through woodland and open fields with some beautiful views. Along the way you will pass through Malshanger Park, with glimpses of the mansion and the old parkland. This is a particularly peaceful area where you will enjoy a true feeling of escape.

The route has long and steady climbs and descents throughout, but there are no particularly steep sections. About a third of the route follows tarmac or stone tracks, but the remainder of the woodland and unmade tracks can get very muddy at times. You will need to negotiate two stiles (both of which have open fencing or gateways alongside for dogs to pass through) on route. Most of the surrounding land is arable, but there is one sheep field that you will need to pass through or alongside (depending on the current position of the temporary fencing). Allow 3 hours.

Wootton St Lawrence is located about 3 miles west of Basingstoke in Hampshire. The walk starts and finishes outside the Church of St Lawrence, in the centre of the village. There is roadside parking available directly alongside the church. Approximate post code RG23 8PE.

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The Abbots Mitre and Harewood Forest

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A 7 mile circular pub walk from the Abbots Mitre in the pretty village of Chilbolton, Hampshire. The Abbots Mitre is a superb traditional village pub serving locally sourced food, with roaring open fires in the winter months and a sunny raised garden to enjoy in the summer. The walking route takes you across Chilbolton's Cow Common to join the Test Way, crossing the idyllic River Test with chance to spot a kingfisher. The Test Way leads you all the way into Harewood Forest, an ancient broadleaf woodland with carpets of spring flowers and plenty more wildlife to enjoy.

The route has only gentle climbs and descents throughout, with nothing too steep. Many of the paths are surfaced with stone or tarmac, but there are a few unmade stretches that can get muddy in winter or after periods of rain. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate some simple gates, flights of steps and footbridges. A couple of short stretches of the Test Way are very narrow and so are prone to being a little overgrown in the height of the growing season. There is no farm livestock on route, but in the summer months you may come across conservation cattle grazing on Cow Common. The forest is criss-crossed by many paths, so we recommend using the iFootpath App's live GPS map to aid navigation. Approximate time 3.5 hours.

The village of Chilbolton is located about 4 miles south east of Andover, and is easily accessed from the A303. The walk starts and finishes from the Abbots Mitre pub on Village Street at the centre of the village. The pub has its own car park. Approximate post code SO20 6BA.

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Richmond and Twickenham Thames Circuit

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This walk starts and ends at St. Margarets train station, 20 minutes from Clapham Junction. The route is almost entirely on the level, on tarmac surfaces, but you will need to negotiate some steps. It takes in a section of the Thames Path and a brief stretch of the Capital Ring. The walk is mainly along the banks of the Thames, with short excursions to Richmond Green, Orleans Gardens, Montpelier Row and Marble Hill Park. There are lots of refreshment stops available.

St. Margarets station is on the Teddington loop line from Waterloo, with trains every 15 minutes in daytime, the journey taking about 30 minutes. Buses from Richmond bus station (Number 37) to St. Margarets are frequent.

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The Rose and Crown and Ivinghoe Beacon

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A 4.5 mile circular pub walk from The Rose and Crown in the village of Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. The Rose and Crown has been offering a warm welcome, a great pint and a memorable meal since 1690, so makes the perfect place for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route explores the nearby Ivinghoe Hills, climbing high up to the exhilarating viewpoint of Ivinghoe Beacon. You will follow parts of The Ridgeway and Icknield Way paths, well-known for their claims as two of the oldest routes in Britain, with views of the village and the Pitstone Post Mill to enjoy along the way.

The route follows well-used paths, but the chalk surfaces can be muddy after periods of rain and the tops of the hills are very exposed so make sure you dress appropriately. The route has several moderate climbs and descents, and there is also one very steep descent from Ivinghoe Beacon (whilst this is not for the faint-hearted, it can be avoided by taking a detour along a quiet access road if you prefer). The route crosses several sheep pastures and the Ivinghoe Hills are grazed by free-roaming cattle, ponies and sheep, so take care with dogs. There are no stiles, but you will need to negotiate several kissing gates and pass alongside a cattle grid. (The bypass gate alongside this cattle grid was locked when we walked, so we had to cross the grid itself and lift our dog over the locked gate – the landowner assures us this has now been rectified but please be aware that this may re-occur). Allow 2.5 hours.

Ivinghoe village is located within the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, close to the border with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The walk starts and finishes from The Rose and Crown pub, on the corner between Vicarage Lane, Wellcroft and Ladysmith Road. There is roadside parking available along Wellcroft and Ladysmith Road but please park with respect for the local residents. Additional parking is available by the village green and church. Approximate post code LU7 9EQ.

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The Prae Wood Arms and Verulamium Park

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A 7 mile circular pub walk from The Prae Wood Arms in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The Prae Wood Arms is a lovely spacious pub, with a tempting menu made from fresh, local produce. The walking route leads you through the beautiful meadows of the Gorhambury Estate before touring Verulamium Park, the former site of the Roman town that pre-dates St Albans. You will have chance to visit the Verulamium Museum and St Albans Cathedral along the way, whilst enjoying impressive Roman remains and the idyllic chalk stream, the River Ver.

The walk has several gentle climbs and descents throughout. The majority of the route follows surfaced driveways and paths, with just a one-mile stretch along unmade woodland and grass paths within the park (which can get a bit soft or muddy). There are no stiles, steps, kissing gates or livestock on route, just a handful of single pedestrian gates. With this in mind the route would be suitable for a rugged pushchair. The paths through Gorhambury Estate (at the start and end of the route) are permissive paths that are open from 8am to 6pm for the majority of the year. These paths are closed every Saturday from 1 September to 31 January (whilst private game shoots take place) and also on a few days for special events (check www.gorhamburyestate.co.uk for any planned closures). When the estate paths are closed, the walk can still be completed by using the alternative route on the pavements alongside the main road. Allow 3.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at The Prae Wood Arms pub on the A5183 Redbourn Road. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code AL3 6JZ. If you are coming by bus, the Pre Hotel bus stops (on the A5183) are directly outside the pub. If you are coming by train, St Albans Abbey rail station is just a few minutes' walk from Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre (Waypoint 5) so you can adjust the walk to start and finish there.

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The Old Chequers and Gaddesden Estate

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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.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - The Old Chequers and Gaddesden Estate This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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Boxley and the North Downs

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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Boxley near Maidstone in Kent. The route visits the nearby Boxley Abbey then climbs to the top of the North Downs for a long stretch before descending back to the village. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy plus an atmospheric woodland of ancient yews and some beautiful views.

The route includes several climbs and descents throughout including one fairly steep climb up to the top of the downs, and an equivalent descent. The surfaces are a mixture of field and woodland paths which can get fairly muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There is one section of road walking so take care of any traffic. There are a few gates plus four stiles on route, the final one of which is enclosed and quite tall so dogs may need a lift over (although there is a stone wall at the side that they could jump onto). One of the fields is likely to be holding horses and another holding sheep so take care with dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

The small village of Boxley is located about 4 miles north east of Maidstone in Kent. The walk starts and finishes from outside the village church on The Street, opposite the Kings Arms. There are about six parking spaces in front of the church, otherwise park in the village with consideration for the local residents. Approximate post code ME14 3DR.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website -Boxley and the North Downs This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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