Ivinghoe Beacon and the Forests of the Chiltern Hills - 9 miles DAY HIKE

  • January 12, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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A picturesque hiking trail through the Chilterns Hills - officially designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"

 

# £20 including return train tickets from London Euston #

 

Now we're into shorter days what better than a great little hike in the Chiltern hills towards the beauty spot of Ivinghoe Beacon, with some superb far reaching views. It's a gentler hike than our usual ones but a great introduction to hiking for anybody who is reasonably fit. After some breath taking views we'll end up in a picture postcard country pub for refreshments.

 










 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk Description

This walk both takes in some stunning scenery and a good bit of history. We'll be walking through beech woodlandchalk uplands and get some great views over the vale of Aldbury before leading back through the woods of the Ashridge Estate - the former home of the Dukes of Bridgewater. We'll then drop into the quaint and unspoilt village of Aldbury. Part of our route will take us along the ancient path of the Ridgeway Trail, a 5000 year old trading route, described as Britain's oldest road and we shall also pass the Bridgewater monument - created to honour the Duke who built one of Britain's first canals.

Ivinghoe Beacon's appearance of remoteness, yet relative proximity to the film studios at Elstree meant that it was a favoured location for many dramas such as "The Avengers" and "The Saint".

For the attentive and sharp eyed a 483 foot long white lion carved into a distant chalk hill is also visible from the stunning panorama of Ivinghoe Beacon.



 

 

 



 



 

 

 

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):



 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at 9:30am and leave the meeting point at 9:50 for the 10:01 train.

I will be available from 9:15am on [masked] (texts cannot be replied to)

Planned return time to London of 5:11pm (please consider yourself committed for the day until then)

We'll meet in front of the main ticket office at Euston:

www.networkrail.co.uk/EustonStationMap.pdf

 

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.

 

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 9.5 miles (15 km)
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 - A couple of hills, but gentler and shorter than our usual hikes.
Walking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual walking
Toughness and pace rating: moderate (please see below for details)

http://www.outdooraholics.co.uk/pages/Day_hikes_gradings

 

Cost

The walk will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Euston.

 

What to Bring

Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places) - for more info please >click here<

Water (at least 1 litre)

Packed lunch/picnic

Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day hiking :-)

 

Safety

Your safety is paramount to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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  • Angel T.

    Great day, easy hike. Everything went very smooth and the views were awesme

    January 13, 2014

  • Graham

    Bitterly cold weather and wind wasn't enough to keep a group of hardy hikers from hiking Britain's oldest track. Great to see some regulars and also new faces. Thanks for coming folks and I hope to see everyone again soon!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Graham for hauling your excellent camera on the hike and taking wonderful photos for us. We have a lot to practice on group pictures in the future.... LOL 8-(...............

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Kate M.

    A fantastic day out of London! Well organised but relaxed. Great way to end the weekend! Thank you!

    January 12, 2014

  • Leigh

    Nice gentle walk through some lovely woodlands. Well organised as always, great bunch of people. Well worth the effort and a good day out!

    January 12, 2014

  • Sonia S.

    Had a great time despite all the mud! Would definitely recommend it to a friend!

    January 12, 2014

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