Berkhamstead Castle From Tring Station

Distance 10.8 Miles Ascent 506ft Time 3h 31m

Elevation Map of Route

Berkhamstead Castle

A lot of our trip covers other routes we have made throughout the North Chilterns so we will only comment on the new places we have visited. We made our way again from Tring station down the Grand Union canal towards the Town of Berkhamstead. The Town looks a lovely place and has both the Canal and railway going through it. The Home of the British Film archives is in Berkhamstead, and there are many historic buildings around the Town. Our trip took us to Berkhamstead Castle, it is an impressive building built in 1066 and has an extensive history. It was Built by William the Congueror whom in turn passed it to his half brother Robert. In the 12th Century it was home to Thomas Becket, in the 14th Century it was home to Edward the Black Prince, the castle has been owned by the Duchy of Cornwall since 1337. The castle is free to go in and is well worth a visit. It has a large twin Moat running around the outer ring which must have been a massive undertaking by the people that built it. From there we made our way up through Berkhamstead common, this is the largest common in the Chilterns and included an area called Frithsden Beeches. This place is full of old medieval pits and other earthworks from much earlier dates, and parts of the Harry Potter films were filmed in this area. Inside the wood there are large groups of Fallow deer, we did see one but only had the little camera on us so we did not get a picture. Berkhamsted can be visited by train from Milton Keynes very easily and the castle is about 100 metres from the station itself. We will be going through the town in a few trips time, so will soon be back with more comments. Please have a look at the small film on youtube to see what the area is like.

Data Files of Route Taken

For GPX file for Garmin
For KPX file for Googleearth