Butties, Birds and Beautiful Views - A walk from The Alford Arms (0008)

Saturday 24 Oct ~ 9:30 AM

Join us for a bacon butty & cuppa (on the house) at The Alford Arms before venturing out into the lovely Gade Valley. The walk starts out along a Roman Road, passes a buddist monastery and through the water meadows beside the River Gade. Along the way there are outstanding views over the valley and the opportunity to spot the local wildlife.

Route Details

4 miles
2.5 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)



Meeting arrangements

The Alford Arms, Frithsden, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP1 3DD GR TL 016098.

Walk Leader

Andrew Clark, Chiltern Society and The Alford Arms. The Chiltern Society is dedicated to protecting 650 square miles of woodlands and valleys, including London's closest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Alford Arms is hidden in an unspoilt valley on the edge of Ashridge Forest.

Public Transport Links

Berkhamsted train station is 2.1 miles and has a taxi rank outside for the 5 min journey to the pub.

Family Friendly

Aged 8+ and must be capable of walking the distance.

Dogs Welcome

Dogs on leads welcome

Further Information

Please bring suitable footwear and clothing for the conditions, water, snacks and simple first aid kit. Toilets are available at The Alford Arms. There will be a vegetarian / vegan alternative available at the start. Water bottles filling station.  Walk returns to The Alford Arms in time to enjoy lunch or a drink.

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This project has been part funded by the The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Chilterns LEADER programme. The grant received through this programme has helped make these festivals happen. 


A family owned and run Henley brewer and award-winning pub company which has been at the heart of British life for over 200 years. Many of the company's 132 pubs are located in picturesque rural and town centre settings across The Chilterns.


A membership organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.





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