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5,000 Years of the Ridgeway, 9 Miles via Ivinghoe Beacon - Sat 15th February

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  • Join us as we head to the Chilterns and along the Ridgeway to Ivinghoe Beacon. Our nine mile hike takes in fine open views along the tops before heading through ancient woodland to the Bridgewater Monument. We visit pretty Aldbury and a nice country pub before catching our train back into London.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Ridgeway is an ancient trail in use for at least 5,000 years and at one time stretched from the Dorset Coast to the Norfolk Wash. High up on the ridge travellers avoided the wet ground below and we hope to repeat this trick as we make our way from Tring to the Beacon, pictured.

    From here we turn towards the Bridgewater Monument, commemorating Francis Egerton the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater: Aristocrat, industrialist and builder of the first true canals. His monument is 108 feet tall with 170 steps inside and sits within the woods of the National Trust's Ashridge Estate.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is a popular walk and not too far out of London, here are the details:

    We'll meet at Euston from 09.45, our train leaves at 10:24, destination Tring.

    Remember to bring a picnic lunch to eat on the Ridgeway and there is a chance for a cup of tea and a loo stop at the National Trust Cafe near The Monument.

    We will go to the pub in Aldbury, about a mile outside Tring, and we can have a good meal or just a beer if you fancy. For those staying for dinner at the pub it would be a good idea to bring a torch for the short road trip back to the station.

    Trains back into town are at 10, 26 and 56 past the hour. I can't be sure what time the walk will finish as it depends on the speed of the group on the day. Best not to make too many plans for the evening, and just enjoy the hike.

    The cost of your trip is £13.50 and includes the guided day-hike and return train ticket from Euston. The payment is a condition of your RSVP and is non-refundable.

    You will also need to bring money for your food and drinks during the day.

    Please note there are risks associated with all outdoor activities. This is a nine mile hike and  we ask that you are reasonably fit and have suitable clothing and footwear for the walk. Carry extra drinking water with your packed lunch. Also, please avoid doing anything that would put you or other members of the group in danger. This walk is not suitable for children or pet dogs. If you are bringing a guest make sure they have read this notice before they agree to join the hike. I will post a weather forecast the night before.

    Hope you can come

    Best wishes

    Tom

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  • Gaurav K.

    Hi Tom, where in euston station do we meet?

    February 14

    • Tom

      Hello Gaurav, I will see you by the ticket office inside the mainline train station

      February 14

  • Victoria

    Hi Tom, I know I'm a bit lastminute.com but I have just paid in the money, hope still ok?... no rain or wind can stop me from going tomorrow :)

    February 14

    • Tom

      Hello Victoria, all good, see you tomorrow

      February 14

  • Tom

    Just checked the trains and everything OK.
    See you tomorrow!

    February 14

  • Olga L.

    Hi Tom, sorry, but I'm out. I could deal with the rain on it's own, but the wind on the top of that is a bit too much for tomorrow. have fun though.

    1 · February 14

  • Jenny

    Hi Tom, i know you said you would post a weather forecast on friday but as a first timer im a bit concerned about the conditions we will be walking in. Any tips or advice for a newby will be greatly apprieciated. Jenny

    February 13

    • Saqib

      Good grip boots (and gaiters optional but always perfect partner in mud/ wet weather), Waterproof top/ trouser, Walking Poles (optional). If you are concerned about boot grips and don't want t spend on new boots then I would suggest "Grivel Spiders" these are really good.

      February 13

    • Tom

      Hello Jenny, it is going to be wet and windy so please make sure you have a waterproof and some warm clothes underneath, also a hat and some gloves would be good. Walking boots are best if you have them.

      February 14

  • Elena

    Tom, I live in Tring, will see you at the station at 11:00 ish.

    February 6

    • Tom

      Hello Elena, see you at Tring. Please can you be there a bit before 11:00 and we'll meet you when we get off the train.

      February 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tom - just to mention again, like Elena, I will also meet the group at Tring station around 11am, as I only live 2 miles away from there. Sarah

    2 · February 12

    • Tom

      Hello Sarah, see you at Tring. Please be at the station before 11:00 and we'll meet you when we get off the train.

      February 14

  • Tom

    Hello everyone, weather tomorrow is going to be wet and windy: It's important to wear a waterproof and have some warm clothes to go underneath, also make sure you are wearing sensible footwear.

    1 · February 14

  • Simon K

    Sorry, wimping out. Too much wind and rain for me.

    February 14

  • Natasha

    Sorry, I have to cancel - I'm not feeling well. Next time..

    February 14

  • SHIZUKO F.

    Hello Tom
    . I wanted to join the hiking but it takes nearly three hours by train to reach tring or London from where i live so i will look forward to other occasion when i can stay overnight in London after hiking! Keep me in formed for further future hikes! Thank you

    February 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I have just joined the group. In fact I would love to do this event and live just 2 miles from Tring. Could I meet you all at the station - do I pay the full £13.50 even though I will not be travelling to and from London? Sarah

    February 1

  • Juju

    Hi Tom

    I am in this trip but one of my friend wants to come. Is any place still available? If yes, how can I pay for him?

    Thanks

    Juju

    January 26, 2014

    • Tom

      Hi Juju. Your payment arrived safely. Sorry for the delay in letting you know. See you on 15th. Tom

      January 27

    • Tom

      You should be able to add your friend as a +1. If not , there is time for him/her to sign up a d join the group and there are still spaces on this walk. Any problems, drop me an email and we'll sort it out.

      January 27

  • Marcia M.

    I cant make it this time but would love to join the next one!

    January 19, 2014

  • Juju

    Hi tom,

    Can you please give me a shout when my payment hit yout account? Just did it couple of minutes ago but forget to write down the ref #. Thanks

    J

    January 17, 2014

  • Shahzad

    do you offer any birthday discounts?

    December 29, 2013

  • Maria R.

    Please ignore my comment on date - blonde moment!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Maria R.

    Hi - do you mean Saturday 14th or Sunday 15th?

    also I can get overground from West Brompton to Tring, would it be possible to meet you at Tring station? What time do you expect to arrive there? thanks

    December 29, 2013

  • Wilma

    Sorry just realised I'm on holiday.

    December 29, 2013

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