Markyate and Flamstead Circular

Introduction to Walk 3097

Photo from the walk - Markyate and Flamstead Circular

Region - Chilterns

County/Area - Hertfordshire

Author - Donald Morton

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Ascent - 400 feet / 121 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Markyate and Flamstead are two Hertfordshire villages which lie on the old Roman Watling Street, later the basis of the A5. Markyate being halfway between St Albans and Dunstable owed its erstwhile prosperity to its facilities for refreshing travellers. Flamstead was a market town from the Middle Ages. Now that they are bypassed by the A5 they have become quiet oases with many historical buildings remaining. This circular walk all through wide open country goes out from Flamstead and through a landscape fashioned by Capability Brown and returns from Markyate more directly by a route overlooking the Ver valley.

Walk Description

Map showing start

Suggested Maps

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Explorer Map graphic - OS Explorer - Sheet 173 BUY MAP

Landranger Map graphic - OS Landranger - Sheet 166 BUY MAP

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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

Area Information


The Chilterns lie only a few miles to the north west of London and yet they are a beautiful, unspoilt corner of England. The gently rolling hills are swathed in woodland and chalk ... - More information

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31.2 miles / 50.0 km away

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