Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail

Today I walked the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail again, a 16-mile circular walk created by the National Trust. There’s a journal for when I did this route two years ago on my website.

It was a really nice day for a walk, bright and sunny with a cool breeze to keep the temperature down. I started walking from near Ringshall about 9.15am and got back to the car about 2.45pm – allowing for a 15-minute stop for lunch, I was walking at almost exactly 3mph.

I saw a Buzzard near Frithsden, and then three Fallow Deer and a male Muntjac Deer along the edge of Berkhamsted Common. Very near the end of the walk, I saw a female Muntjac.  But the highlight was seeing a Hare as I was getting back to Ringshall – I’ve not seen many of these at all this year. There were several different types of butterfly today – Small Skipper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell. There were a lot of wildflowers in the grassy areas around Steps Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon, but otherwise I didn’t notice too many flowers – I spotted Enchanter’s Nightshade in a couple of places, though.

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