TRing Canal


Tring Canal walk - through Berkhamstead and back through the common. 08/04/2017

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This was a walk we had done many years ago and enjoyed immensely. Its a nice ten mile walk through some of the Chilterns best countryside and best done on a sunny day. We wasn’t disappointed when we were met with a lovely blue sky so with sandwiches packed we headed for the start point Tring Railway Station. You will have to pay to park at the station but it only costs four pound on a Saturday and even cheaper on a Sunday. From the Station its a small walk down to the towpath on the grand union Canal and turn left and set off in the direction of Berkhamsted. First place of interest is the large marina called Cowroast and the locks that run alongside of it .

Berkhamsted Castle
You will soon end up in Berkhamsted and enter the castle grounds looked after by English Heritage . Berkhamsted Castle is a Norman motte-and-bailey castle in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The castle was built to obtain control of a key route between London and the Midlands during the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century. Robert of Mortain, William the Conqueror's half brother, was probably responsible for managing its construction, after which he became the castle's owner. The castle was surrounded by protective earthworks and a deer park for hunting. The castle became a new administrative centre of the former Anglo-Saxon settlement of Berkhamsted. Subsequent kings granted the castle to their chancellors. The castle was substantially expanded in the mid-12th century, probably by Thomas Becket. On the way back we made our way through Berkhamsted Common and Frithsden beeches, if you are looking for the Queen Beech used in the Harry Potter films you will be disappointed as its fallen down. We Kept making our way into Old village of Aldbury and more importantly the Valiant Trooper Public House that serves a vast selection of old Ales. A pint of Side Pocket went down a treat and we set off for the final leg back to the Station Car Park. A great walk on a nice day with plenty to look at on route.
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