3.7 of 5 (5 votes)

Berkhamsted Common

A leisurely walk (woodland) in Hertfordshire, England, about 7.00km (4.35 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 87m (285ft)
Descent 85m (278ft)
Max. Elevation 190m (623ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 172m (563ft)
Start & End
Distance 7.00km
Duration ~2:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 28 Jan 2014
This countryside walk in Hertfordshire makes for an excellent excursion from London. Just half an hour from Euston, the walk starts from the station and passes through farms to reach the beech woodlands of Berkhamsted Common. It's a great wildlife spot, with a good serving of birds to watch out for.

Walk Functions


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From Berkhamsted station, head out towards the castle. The entrance is just near the station car park if you want a quick poke around.
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Follow the road alongside the castle and then continue past the cricket ground. At the first footpath junction, take the left path which heads uphill along the edge of a field.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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At a small strip of wood between two fields (look for the bench), head down the field then up again into the woods.
About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
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A short climb through the woods brings you to the Brickkiln cottages. Take the path to the left.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
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The path leads around the edge of Berkhamsted Common.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
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Follow the boundary of the clearing. After walking near the road, head back uphill through the woods.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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The bridleway leads through Frithsden Beeches, a patch of ancient woodland that has been used for filming Harry Potter films and the TV series Jonathon Creek.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
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Drop down the steep woodland slope into a field, then continue past the farm.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
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The path beyond the farm rejoins the path on which you came in, taking you back to the station. For refreshments, continue past the station and follow the road round to the town centre.
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

11 Jun 2015

I think 'wild' might be pushing it, but it's a great walk nonetheless. The woodland at the top is very atmospheric, early morning or dusk would be best (if the buses allow!)

10 Jun 2015
Gonna Try This One...

...i'll let you know how I get on. I see the common so often in books recommending wild places in the UK. Thanks for detailing it. There's a bus from Aylesbury goes near the station :)

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