GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Circular Walk around Hemel Hempstead - Canal and Country

14 miles (23 km)

This circular walk from Hemel Hempstead explores the countryside to the east of the town, skirting the edge of the Chilterns Hills. On the way you'll enjoy waterside paths along the Grand Union Canal to Berkhamsted before exploring the woodland on Berkhamsted Common. The walk makes use of two of the waymarked footpaths which run through the area - the Grand Union Canal Walk and the Chiltern Way.
The walk starts on the canal just to the south of the town centre at Two Waters. From here you can follow the towpath west through Boxmoor where there is a lock, weir and views over the River Bulbourne. The route continues to Berkhamstead where you will pass the ruins of the noteworthy Berkhamsted Castle. TheNormanmotte-and-baileycastlewas built to obtain control of a key route between London and theMidlandsduring theNorman conquest of Englandin the 11th century.
At Dudswell the route leaves the canal to pick up the Icknield Way Path, following it north east to Norcott Hill. Here you follow bridleways onto the expansive Berkhamstead Common. The area is made up of attractive Silver birchwoodland and gorsey heath with miles of ancient tracks to follow.
After passing through the common the route continues through Potten End before turning south east through the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead to return to the canal. It is then a short walk back to the town centre.
Part of this route skirts the edge of the Ashridge Estate which is a great place for walkers. You can follow the waymarked Ashridge Boundary Trail to explore the acres of woods and common land.

Hemel Hempstead OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hemel Hempstead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Hemel Hempstead

Photos

Grand Union Canal, at Hemel Hempstead - geograph.org.uk - 156638

Grand Union Canal: at Hemel Hempstead The canal basin viewed looking towards the Two Waters Road bridge

Grand Union Canal, Boxmoor Bottom Lock - geograph.org.uk - 156627

Grand Union Canal, Boxmoor Bottom Lock, about 100 metres upstream of the confluence with the River Gade.

River Bulbourne - geograph.org.uk - 156561

River Bulbourne In Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead, upstream of the confluence with the River Gade, and viewed looking upstream.

Berkhamsted castle walls

Berkhamsted castle walls, showing the moat on the right and the keep in the left background

The Farmhouse, Norcott Hill Farm, Northchurch - geograph.org.uk - 1372913

The Farmhouse, Norcott Hill Farm, Northchurch

Paddock with horses, by Berkhamsted Common - geograph.org.uk - 189780

Paddock with horses, by Berkhamsted Common. View from footpath near Well Farm

Old Town Hemel Hempstead

Old Town Hemel Hempstead

River Gade in Hemel Hempstead

River Gade in Hemel Hempstead

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Hemel Hempstead.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)