We are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, and there are many dog walks near Berkhamsted to choose from. In this blog we’ve picked 4 of our favourite walks. They are a combination of those that are super local, and those that are a little further away. Our first walk is the furthest dog walk from Berkhamsted, but we hope you’ll agree it’s worth the effort to get there.
Lea Valley Dog Agility Course
Lea Valley is huge, and well worth a visit. The Lea Valley website lists a range of suitable walks. These range from a relaxed half mile amble, to a more ambition 8 mile circular route. The 8 mile route has stunning views, and passes the recently refurbished Crown Pub at Broxbourne. This is ideally located for mid-walk refreshments.
The main reason we love Lea Valley is the dog agility course. With a range of obstacles spread out over a few hundred metres, there is plenty of space for lots of dogs to try their paw at dog agility. There are tunnels and a-frames and more, and the obstacles are at different heights to suit all sizes of dog. A great place for a doggy day trip.
Heartwood Forest near St Albans is a new wood that has been planted over the last 10 years. This lovely woodland is nice to visit at any time of year, but it really comes into its own in bluebell season. There are signposted walks of various lengths, and plenty of open space for dogs to enjoy. As well as dog walks there are activities targeted at families, including the magical meander through the magical woods. There is no visitors centre so take a picnic. It’s worth timing your visit to avoid peak times, parking can be vary busy on sunny weekends.
Closer to home is Wilstone Reservoir, near Tring. There are 3 reservoirs in close proximity to each other, and a fourth a short distance away. An excellent location for birdwatching, the reservoirs also provide an excellent location for dog walks near Berkhamsted. You can extend your walk by following the Grand Union canal. There are two car parks (one free, one paid), and free parking in lay-bys. The paths can be muddy in places in the winter, but in summer it is possible to do this walk with a buggy. If you are bringing a buggy you want to avoid parking in the lay-by. There are a number of steep steps from here up to the path.
And finally our favourite location for dog walks near Berkhamsted, or actually our favourite location for walks with or without a 4-legged friend. Ivinghoe Beacon is a great location for a walk. It is possible to walk the circular route from the car park to the Beacon in either direction. I personally prefer the anti-clockwise location to avoid having a steep hill at the end of the walk. The views at the top of the Beacon are well worth the climb. If you’re lucky the vintage caravan selling tea and coffee will be waiting for you in the car park, their delicious cakes are a great way to finish a walk.