Today I want to share my guide to a Tring circular walk in England with you. This country walk near London is a great way to get out into The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain. Along the way there are nature reserves, hilltop views, and pubs to enjoy. Read on for the route, video, and photos. I’ve included a Tring circular walk map, too.

Tring Circular Walk

Tring Circular Walk

This Tring circular walk is great if you want to go on a country ramble that’s less than an hour from London. It starts and ends at Tring train station in Hertfordshire, so it’s easy to get to without a car (but there’s plenty of parking if you want to drive).

There are direct trains from London Euston to Tring, and they’ll whisk you off to the heart of The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in just under 40 minutes.

I’m here today with a group from my university alumni club. We’re all excited get onto the trails and out into the English countryside. A friend has planned the route, so it’s easy for those of us who’ve been wondering where we can walk near Tring.

Tring Circular Walk Sign

Tring Circular Walk Directions

Once in Hertfordshire, we start our Tring circular walk at the station. The hilly route covers around 8.5 miles (14 kilometers). It takes us along parts of The Ridgeway National Trail and out to the famous viewpoint at Ivinghoe Beacon.

Before we head out, we learn we’ll get great views of the surrounding area and take in everything from historic windmills to English villages (and sheep!) in the distance.

Tring Circular Walk Tree in the Chilterns

Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve

Leaving the station, we start our Tring circular walk in the Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve. It’s a 49-acre (19.7-hectare) Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Chiltern Hills.

The chalk grassland is full of beautiful wildflowers and home to over 30 butterfly species. It reminds me of a country walk in Surrey I did on similar terrain.

We hike up inclines and through wooded ares, spot sheep grazing in the distance, and soak up the colors of the wildflowers around us.

Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve near Tring

Chiltern Hills

Soon our Tring circular walk takes us up and over a series of rolling hills. From Pitstone Hill to Steps Hill, they lead us deeper into the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and show off the surrounding countryside along the way.

We get views of Incombe Hole and the prehistoric earthwork of Grim’s Ditch as we go. They’re good reminders of how much history The Chilterns hold.

Chiltern Hills View in England

Ivinghoe Beacon

Eventually our climbing is rewarded as we reach the summit of Ivinghoe Beacon. This landmark in Buckinghamshire is a famous place to hike in the area, and no Tring circular walk would be complete without it.

Ivinghoe Beacon is part of the Ashridge Estate, an area of ancient woodland, chalk downland, and meadows managed by the National Trust.

It’s also where the The Ridgeway National Trail and the Icknield Way start (or end, depending on which direction you walk these long-distance paths).

There’s a trig at the top of Ivinghoe Beacon, and the remains of an Iron Age hill fort dot the landscape. But the views are the real treat, and we sit for a while to take in everything from yellow fields to green hills.

Ivinghoe Beacon Trig

Farms Near Tring

From the beacon, we continue our Tring circular walk by retracing our steps back towards Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve. Then we turn off towards Park Hill Farm and Marsh Croft Farm, walking through pastures full of horses and ponies as we go.

Eventually we cross over the Grand Union Canal Walk and towpath as we make our way to Marshcroft Lane.

Tring Farmhouse


Soon we come to the market town of Tring in the Borough of Dacorum. We pass pretty cottages and half-timbered buildings before stopping for a late lunch at a good Tring circular walk pub called The Akeman.

Sitting at an outdoor table in the beer garden, we start with English drinks like ale. We’re happy to rest our legs after a long walk in the countryside.

Soon classic English dishes like roast pork belly fill the table. We round out the meal with equally classic English desserts such as sticky toffee pudding.

Tring Circular Walk Pub

After lunch we walk for 35 minutes along the road to get back to Tring train station. Our Tring circular walk officially ends here, and we hop on a train to Euston.

The whole walk has taken us around 6 hours to complete, including the stop for lunch. It’s been a lovely experience, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to enjoy another great country walk in England.

Tring Cottages

Tring Circular Walk Map

If you’re interested in going on this Tring circular walk, you can find a map here with our main stopping points. There’s a map of a similar walk here.

My friend planned the walk using the Chiltern Hills North OS Explorer map, too. It’s a great one if you want to follow in our footsteps. You can get it on Amazon here.

There are lots of maps online that will show you good options for similar routes as well.

You can see more walks in the area in the book Walking in the Chilterns: 35 Walks in the Chiltern Hills. If you’re in the UK, you can get it on Amazon here. If you’re in the US, you can get it on Amazon here.

Ivinghoe Beacon View in The Chilterns

Tring Circular Walk

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to a Tring circular walk in The Chilterns. It makes for a beautiful day out, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it if you go.

If you want to see more country rambles, you can take a look at my blog posts about the best circular walks in England and circular walks near London. Happy hiking!

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