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Day walk - Ivinghoe beacon and England's oldest trail
Sun 11 December 2016, 09:30 – 19:00 GMT
Join us this for a tranquil 16km/10 mile day walk to Ivinghoe beacon, taking in Ashridge House and the Bridgewater Monument.
The walk is 16km or 10 miles, so very suitable for an autumn clear out. The start of the walk is hilly, with the steepest climb, the walk up Ivinghoe Beacon itself. But the views are spectacular, and well worth the muscle burn. Don't worry, we will take it easy going up the hills.
Our route during the day is one well trodden throughout history and follows the Icknield Way Trail, which has a claim to fame being the oldest footpath in England and dates back to Neolithic times or at least 5000 years, and the Ridgeway, another golden oldie.
One of the last stops on our walk will be the Bridgewater monument, built 1832 in memory of Francis Egerton, "the father of inland navigation". If we have time, and it's open, we might be able to climb the tower.
Throughout the walk the scenery goes from amazing wide views across the hills to dense woodland, which will be drenched in autumn colours this time of year.
Of course we will finish at a cozy country pub for a well deserved pint.
Walking time: around 4.5 hours. We will take regular breaks for snacks and lunch.
This walk is hilly at the start, with steep steps towards the middle. The afternoon is flat.
This walk has stiles.
- Packed lunch. We'll have a picnic.
- Plenty of water
- Sensible footwear with good grip.
- Waterproofs – It’s England after all
- Snack for the train and breaks. Make sure you bring enough to keep you going. It'll be a long day.
- Cash for the pub
£15, this includes all of your train tickets to and from London.
If you want to join us at Tring, please email me separately.
In a nutshell:
- Meet near Platform 10 at Euston Station at 9.45am Please be punctual, trains don't wait.
- We’ll be back in London around 7pm.
- We're going rain or shine, unless conditions are hazardous.
Please note that the will be no train stations mid-way. By signing up you declare yourself fit and healthy enough to complete the walk.