A walk from Halton into Wendover Woods, then Tring Park and along The Ridgeway National Trail and then back to Halton.

This circular takes you through some of the best woodland in The Chilterns, visits Tring Park and also takes in a chunk of The Ridgeway National Trail and The Icknield Way. From Wendover drive along the A4011 which goes past the RAF Camp at Halton - about 500 yards past the Main Gates and near the top of a hill look for a cross roads sign - turn right (take care since this is just a small short entrance road) and there is a parking area a hundred yards ahead. Walk on past the wooden barrier and along the track which starts to slowly ascend - just after a grassy area and about 600 metres from the start a walled path crosses the track, turn left and follow this now quite steeply up through the trees to arrive at a small forest tarmac road. Cross the road and continue on the path as it still climbs up to arrive at a fairly wide grassy track. Go across this to very shortly arrive at a field edge. Follow the path as it goes half left across the field and passes a trig point [ SP 89067 09990 ] half way to finally reach a stile in the hedgerow. Cross over the stile and turn right to walk down a track and reach a tarmac road shortly afterwards.

Wendover WoodsCross the road and go left a few metres and then take a track going off to the right- on the left is a car parking area for mountain bikers use (Aston Hill) - there are a lot of marked cycling tracks available for bikers from here. Continue straight down the track to reach some wooden gates - continue along in the same direction by taking a path which leaves to the left of the gates. This path stays flat for a while, with woods on the left and a high wooden fence on the right - then when the fence ends the path descends more steeply now with woods either side. The path ends at a small road, turn right and around 100 metres along take a marked path on the left - follow this as it passes some gardens on the right and then Drayton Manor on the left. The countryside opens out and the path goes straight ahead - with fields on the right and a very high wild hedgerow on the left. Go straight ahead at a cross track and then go right at the next cross track [ SP 91068 10678 ] to now walk down this tree and hedgerow lined track to reach a small road. Cross over onto the track opposite (Leafy Lane) and continue along passing several houses on the left and then through trees to reach a track junction. Turn left and stay on this track as it winds clockwise round the field ignoring a track and a path which go off to the left. The path arrives at t-junction just inside Grove Wood. Turn right and walk up up this gently rising woodland track - at a marked junction keep left - this now sunken path starts climbing steeply - stay on it to reach a fence by a house. Continue ahead passing the house on the left to reach the house's driveway. Bear left in front of the house and re-enter the woods via a gate. Turn immediately right and follow the path through the woods - just before reaching a road take a path on the left which winds through the woods. Keep straight on at the first marked path junction and at the next marked junction bear right to reach a field. Continue along the path with the woods on the left - Tring and the busy A41 are now visible - the path swings round to drop down to a stile - bear right and continue down to reach a small tarmac road. Turn left under the bridge and follow the road to a t-junction.

Turn right and then as the road bends left keep straight ahead - passing the museum on the left. Just after this take the signposted (To Tring Park) path going right and heading towards the A41 again. Cross the A41 via a twisty footbridge and enter into Tring Park grounds. Go half left now on a marked path which heads across the open grassy area towards Bull Woods. Just inside the woods go left on an ascending wide path which then soon reaches the Obelisk [ SP 93237 10698 ]. Turn right and follow the wide path as it climbs up to reach the Ridgeway/Icknield Way. Go right and continue along this old trail as it goes through woodland - ignoring any side tracks and paths.
The wide path eventually climbs quite steeply and bends to the right as it goes through very thick woodland (Bishops Wood) to then arrive at a small road. Turn left along the road to quite soon reach a road junction (Hastoe Cross) - go right here and follow this narrow country lane as it slowly climbs up to another road junction at Hastoe. Go straight ahead and keep on the road (this is in fact The Ridgeway) until it bends sharply left - go ahead here into Pavis Woods now with The Ridgeway exactly as it should be - track and path. Ignore all side tracks and continue in the same basic direction along this Trail to go through Northill Wood and eventually arrive at a small road [ SP 90513 08561 ]. Go left along the road for a few metres and then turn right via a metal gate to go into a very mucky farmyard area. Keep ahead with the barns on the left and then head out across the field - there is a Ridgeway post marker in the field which is useful because the path itself is totally unclear because of the cow's hoofs and cowpats.

Beautiful colours in Wendover WoodsHead towards some trees down to the left of the field then cross through into another field and stay in the same direction now with hedgerow on the left. The path comes to a road on the left corner of the field. Cross the road and then continue along the Ridgeway as it enters Hengrove Wood - simply continue along through the woods - after a while the track becomes a sunken trail and descends to eventually reach a marked path junction. Here the Ridgeway Trail goes sharp left, however stay ahead now on the Icknield Way. This is another really nice treelined sunken path - it descends to reach a small road at The Hale.Go straight ahead on the road for about 300 metres - then turn right at a Forestry Commission sign The track passes a house on the right and then continues straight ahead - just before reaching the wooden barrier take a narrow path on the left - this follows the field edge and climbs steadily to reach a track. Turn left and continue up the main track until you reach a main track junction. Go right and continue along the track as it climbs a little. About 900 metres along the track bends right - take a path leaving ahead on the bend and stay on this as it climbs into the woods. At the top of the rise bear left following the "footprint signs". Now stay on this path as it steadily climbs - ignore cross paths and green tracks to eventually arrive on the tarmac road and a large woodland picnic site. Turn right along the road, fork left at the next junction - the road bears right and passes a children's play area on the left. Just after this go left on a marked path which goes under some very dense yew trees. This leafy track then steeply descends down through woods - continue always straight ahead to come back to the start point.

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