For the Spring bank holiday, Mum and Dad came up to Berkhamsted where we met to do a short circular walk.


We left Berkhamsted station along the canal towpath, passing Gas Lock 1 and Gas Lock 2. Disappointingly, nothing remains of the old gasworks except the lock names.

Road bridge.
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Factory building (appears to be making plastic pipes).
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£2.50 canal bridge. (Probably the price was once for an angling permit.)
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After a short detour to look at the church and buildings of Northchurch (a Berkhamsted suburb, presumably named that way because it's slightly to the north and has a church), we crossed the canal then left the road on an ill-defined footpath into the woods of Northchurch Common.

Trees and grass.
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Old tree.
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We ate lunch sitting on a tree branch in a pleasant but rather windy spot, on the edge of a large open space plagued by dog-walkers. After that, following Grim's Ditch for a part of the way, we reached Aldbury.


Aldbury is an exceedingly twee village, but it does have a shop where we bought ice creams. We also had a look around the church, and at the book sale in the village hall.

But we didn't make use of the stocks.
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Memorial in church with skulls.
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Flower arrangement.
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Back to Berkhamsted

We returned to Berkhamsted along footpaths through the woods.

Mum standing on the trunk of a rather large fallen tree.
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Another old tree.
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Berkhamsted Castle

There's a castle in Berkhamsted, although it's a little the worse for wear. It's free to enter; you can normally just wander around it, although some of it was fenced off when we visited.

Steps up to the keep.
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Looking down from the keep over the moat and the main castle walls.
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After waving off my parents, I had 25 minutes to wait for my train, so I went for a short walk around the town.

Railway bridge.
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Monument in graveyard (and chimneys).
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More chimneys.
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