Fragrant Orchid © Steve Chilton

Best visited in June.

Although slightly beyond the western edge of Hertfordshire, it doesn’t matter where you choose to walk from the main car park at Steps Hill, the views will always be spectacular and birds, butterflies, flowers and other wildlife are plentiful and varied. When Steve Chilton visited on 14 June 2009 he found four species of orchid in full bloom, Fragrant (photograph), Common Spotted, Pyramidal and Common Twayblade, plus masses of other flowers of chalk grassland, butterflies and birds. Tring Reservoirs and the woodlands at Ashridge are nearby in Hertfordshire.

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