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Herts #54: Ashwell, a mini hiking adventure

A delightful hiking trail with a stop over at The Horse Shoes Pub in Hinxworth makes for a charming outdoor adventure. Although slightly overgrown in places in May 2024, it's merely cow parsley. On a sunny day, it becomes a splendid outing especially when complete with a picnic interlude.

Nearest town: Ware

Distance: 8 miles but flexible, there were many opportunities to shorten (or even lengthen) this route

Duration: 4 hours, but with a pub stop and a picnic, it's an all day adventure

This route is genuinely a fantastic day out! It is really peaceful, we met only one family on a similar outdoor adventure with their doggo. But despite being fairly isolated, the views are incredible and the route feels very safe. Surrounded by many lively villages, it feels like life is all around.

Free OS Map link to area: Ashwell | OS Maps

Free Hertfordshire Walker similar route: Hertfordshire Walker: Walk 140: Ashwell West Loop

There are two lovely pub stops on route:

Hertfordshire Country Pub. Gastro Pub with Outstanding Beer ( - we got a little drink there and met Gin and Tonic, two resident goats ahah!

And then there are quite a few lovely pubs in Ashwell.


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