Sunday, 16 May 2021 (Group: Chiltern Young Walkers)
Start time 11:00
11.6 miles / 18.7 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Join us for a walk with many spectacular views, film locations, hidden gems and a few hills. Please bring a packed lunch.
We start alongside the canal to Berkhamsted Station and then onto views of Berkhamsted Castle as we leave the town behind and make our way up to the WWI trenches on Berkhamsted common and Frithsden Beeches which became woods outside Paris in Les Misérables (2012) and the remnants of a 400-year-old beech tree allegedly featured as the Whomping Willow in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005). As we make our way through the Ashridge Estate, we pass one of the largest and best-preserved Icehouses in the country. The next feature is Ashridge House, an impressive early gothic revival stately home. Its castellated parapet walls double for the prison in The Dirty Dozen (1967) film and its Golden Valley, designed by Capability Brown with sweeping, woodland-fringed dips and curves.
Climbing out of the valley we head towards Little Gaddesden and after a short distance on the Hertfordshire Way, we pass the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and descending into the village of Great Gaddesden. Ascending the next hill to admire the grand Palladian mansion of Gaddesden Place we enjoy what they claim to be one of the finest views in the Home Counties and the setting for films Legend of Tarzan (2016) and The Current War (2018). As we climb out of the village of Nettleden via the flint and brick-faced sunken 'Spooky Lane' under Devils Bridge, we find ourselves beside the slopes of the Frithsden Vinyard, home to Chiltern Wines. One final hill takes us past the War memorial at Potten End and back past the other side of Berkhamsted Castle where William I really conquered England!