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Walking through mature woodland in Tring Park (Photo: WTML / Nick Spurling)

Walk among mixed broadleaf woodland and explore one of the largest areas of unimproved chalk grassland in the county, at this tranquil site just a 10-minute walk from the Natural History Museum at Tring.

Tring Park is one of Hertfordshire’s most important ecological areas and one of the Trust’s most exciting and diverse sites. Covering an area of 107 hectares (264 acres), it contains a mosaic of habitats such as chalk grassland, scrub, mixed woodland and parkland landscaped by Charles Bridgeman in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The chalk grassland is the second largest in Hertfordshire and is of exceptional quality and an extremely rare habitat, hence its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The whole area collectively supports a diverse range of plants, invertebrates, mammals and birds. With the help of a generous grant of £329,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have been able to restore aspects of the historic park and improve the overall experience for visitors.

Look out for common spotted orchid, common rock rose, milkwort and large thyme; and Chiltern and autumn gentians in the grassland on Oddy Hill. Butterflies such as the dingy and grizzled skipper are attracted by these chalk-loving plants and are a wonderful sight in the spring and summer months.

Tring house and gardens

Tring Park was once part of a larger estate which included Tring House and gardens, but these were cut off from the rest of the site in the 1970s by the newly created A41. Foremost in the landscape is the lime avenue which forms a long, direct vista from the southern corner of the park to the house.

The site has a long history as evidenced by the two ancient monuments that can still be found in the grounds – an obelisk known locally as Nell Gwynn’s monument, and the remains of a summer house which Dame Peggy Ashcroft lived in during the Second World War.

Landscape planting

Throughout the parkland are the remnants of landscape planting from various periods. These include splendid mature specimens of beech, horse chestnut and lime along with some stunning, eye-catching copper beech and a regimented square of Scots pine.

Tring Park is a fantastic place to visit with lots to discover and a history that connects with kings and queens across the centuries.

Setting

Lying to the south of Tring, the site runs along the Chiltern ridge, offering superb views eastwards over the lowland vale.

The whole site lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The park and woodlands contribute greatly to the local landscape as they are visible from approaches to Tring and notably from the A41.

Access and walks

Access is available directly from the surrounding country roads. On the western boundary there are two entrances straight off Hastoe Lane, two off Merlin Hill, three directly off the village roads in Wigginton to the east and one via a public footpath from Tring to the north via a footbridge over the A41.

The flat, hard-surfaced Ridgeway National Trail runs through the park, entering off Marlin Hill to follow the King Charles Ride – the main path through the woodland on top of the ridge - from east to west until exiting onto Fox Road. The wide entrances are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The track can become seasonally muddy in places. Other entrances to the site are simple squeeze stiles or kissing gates.

The bridge which leads from the museum to the park has a number of steps which could cause difficulty for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

A bridleway runs along King Charles Ride and there are several waymarked walks to guide you through the site, including the 30-minute Parkland Walk and the longer Woodland Walk. You can find details on one of the various information boards dotted along the trails. These paths are largely unmodified grass and earth surface which can get muddy and very slippery when wet. There are also some very steep slopes and small sections of steps.

The entire site is open to the public throughout the year, with the exception of Oddy Hill which is closed in November and December while the sheep are grazing. Cattle graze in the parkland year-round

Directions

By Train
Tring railway station is 3.2km (two miles) away.

For up-to-date information on public transport, visit the Traveline website; or telephone 0871 200 2233.

By Bus
East entrance - corner of Fox Road and Highfield Road in Wigginton, 200m away along a quiet suburban road with pavement.

Northern entrance from Tring - corner of Akeman Street and High Street in Tring, 500m away along quiet suburban road with pavement.

For up-to-date information on public transport, visit the Traveline website; or telephone 0871 200 2233.

By car
The joint Natural History Museum at Tring/Woodland Trust car park off Hastoe Lane, 350m from the park’s northern entrance. See Tring's Natural History Museum website for details of opening times.

Alternatively, the High Street car park is 600m away along a quiet suburban road with pavement.

Nearest amenities

Toilets
The nearest toilet is at the Natural History Museum at Tring, 350m from northern entrance. Check the museum’s website for opening times. Baby-changing and facilities for the disabled are available. However, the steps on the bridge which connects the museum to Tring Park could cause difficulties for pushchairs and wheelchairs. For more information email tringpark@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

Alternatively, there are toilets in the High Street car park, 600m away along a quiet suburban road with pavement. Baby-changing facilities and toilets suitable for disabled are available with access via a RADAR key.

Refreshments
One of the nearest places for refreshments is the Zebra Café housed in the Natural History Museum, just 350m from Tring Park’s northern entrance. This has limited opening times/days so always check on the museum website if planning to visit. For other ideas visit TripAdvisor.

Accommodation and tourist information

The Tring Information Centre is located at 99 Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AA. Tel. 01442 823347 and is open weekdays from 9.30am to 3pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. They hold leaflets and factsheets on a wide range of subjects, including tourist information on Tring and the surrounding area.

To find the nearest accommodation visit TripAdvisor.

Looking to extend your adventure with a holiday in the great outdoors? Whether you’re glamping, camping or caravanning, our partner Freedom To Go can help you find the perfect pitch.  

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