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Walk 113: Aldbury East Loop

Shaded woodland walking

3.3 miles (5.3 km) - 105m of ascent




This walk starts and ends in the village of Aldbury. The beginning of the walk involves a steep climb and there is a steep descent at the end. The route goes through the Ashridge Estate, a 5,000 acre National Trust property. The route passes the Bridgewater Monument. It's a shaded walk, mostly through woodland on bridleways and footpaths.

Along our route there are many paths and tracks leading off to the right and left with several way-marked routes for those who want to explore the area. You can download a PDF with maps for the four routes, including the eight-mile Wildlife Walk, the three-mile Rangers' Ramble, the three-mile Foresters' Walk, and the one-mile Woodland Walk. Click here to download the PDF.

However our route follows Hertfordshire rights of ways (ROW), either bridleways, footpaths or byways. Some are numbered, others are not, so you will have to rely on our estimated distances between points and our description of the turns. Our route does include parts of some of the other walks. We recommend you take an Ordnance Survey (OS) map, or the OS app, and a compass. For those with smartphones you can download a KML or GPX file with the interactive map at the end of these directions.

Directions


Map for Walk 113: Aldbury East Loop  Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors See the interactive map below the directions for KML and GPX details
Map for Walk 113: Aldbury East Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Click on the interactive map below to download KML or GPX files
Park in the village of Aldbury after checking for any parking restrictions.

1: Head E on Toms Hill Road for 70m. Immediately after a road on your left take the bridleway on you left, Aldbury bridleway 21. This is a steep climb. Head ENE then NE for 280m to a crossing in the track. Continue NE for 340m to a junction in the track.

2: Turn left on Aldbury bridleway 28 (also Aldbury bridleway 20 at this point) and head N for 80m to another junction. Take the left fork, still Aldbury bridleway 28, and head N for for 440m to a crossing in the track with Rangers Cottage on the left. Continue straight heading NNE for another 240m past Tim's Spring on the left until you meet a junction in the track.

3: Turn sharp right on Aldbury footpath 44 and head S and SSE for 250m to a junction.

4: Turn right and head S on Aldbury bridleway 30 for 130m until you reach a track leading to the Bridgewater Memorial. Here you turn left and head SE for 120m to Monument Drive. Walk towards the cafe (on your right across the green) and then take the path between the car park (on your left) and the cafe (on your right) and continue until you reach a bridleway.

5: Take this path, Aldbury bridleway 23 and head SSE then SSW for 420m to a junction.

6: Turn left on Aldbury bridleway 21 and head ENE for 180m to a junction. Turn right here on Aldbury footpath 12 and head S for 860m ignoring paths off to the right and left until you cross Toms Hill Road. Continue heading S, still on Aldbury bridleway 21, for 340m until you reach another junction.

The junction where Aldbury footpath 37 turns left off Aldbury footpath 34
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
7: Here you turn right on Aldbury footpath 34 for 50m looking out for a footpath on your left (see image above). Take this path, Aldbury footpath 37, and follow it W for 520m until you reach another junction in the paths.

At this point turn right. Ignore the first post on the right, but turn right at the second  Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
At this point turn right. Ignore the first post on the right, but turn right at the second
Image by Hertfordshire Walker, released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
8: At this junction you will see a signpost (see image above) showing Aldbury footpath 37 going off to the left. This is where you leave Aldbury footpath 37, turn right and follow the path round first N then NNW. Ignore the first yellow-top footpath post, but, at the second yellow-top post turn right on Aldbury footpath 10 and head N for 180m until you reach Aldbury BOAT 1 (byway open to all traffic).

9: Turn right on this metalled path and head NNW (ignoring a bridleway on your left) for 80m until you reach a bend in Tom Hills Road. Continue N along the left side of Tom Hills Road for 15m looking out for a footpath on your left heading N and downhill. Follow this path for 210m until you reach cottages on the outskirts of Aldbury.

10: Head WNW down Malting Lane for 60m looking out for a footpath on your right. Take this path, Aldbury footpath 7 for 160m as it heads N until you reach a path on your left, Aldbury footpath 8. Take this path and head WNW through the allotments for 200m until you reach Trooper Road. Turn right and make your way back to the village.

We'd like to thank our pals, Jane and Nick, for suggesting this walk. They told us about Aldbury and suggested we visit the area and add a walk to Hertfordshire Walker. We're glad they did. Thanks both. We might be back to add another walk.

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