Ivinghoe Beacon and the Forests of the Chiltern Hills DAY HIKE

  • May 5, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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£24 including train tickets from London Euston

Bank Holiday Monday :-)

 

A picturesque hiking trail through the Chilterns Hills - officially designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"

 

This is 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 and we'll have an earlier return to London than usual so is ideal for people new to our hikes or who have things to do in the evening! After some breath taking views we'll end up in a picture postcard country pub for refreshments.


 

• Hike to the start of Britains oldest trail - the Ridgeway dating back at least 5000 years

• Get views of the huge 147m White Lion carved into the hillside at Whipsnade

• Walk some fantastic hills in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• Visit the Bridgewater Monument - a 33m tall tower

• Visit the tiny and picturesque village of Aldbury

• Small group - limited to just 24 hikers

 

Walk Description - further details

This walk both takes in some stunning scenery and a good bit of history. We'll be walking through beech woodland, chalk 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

 

Transport and Meeting Point

We'll meet at the entrance to the main ticket office at Euston station at 11:00am. We'll leave the meeting point at 11:10 for the 11:24 train.

Click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/2VGRP

Planned return time to London of 6:17pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)

 

Lunch and after hike drinks

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

 

Distance, Difficulty, Terrain and Elevation plot

 

Distance: 9 miles (14 kms)
Grading: Beginner/Intermediate >click here for details<
Rating: 5/10
Ascent: 355 metres
Terrain: Mix of tarmac, gravel and woodland tracks
Pace: Medium (not an amble)
Walking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual walking
Elevation plot of actual hike: (>click here for larger version<):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost

The trip is £24.00 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from London Euston

 

What to Bring

• Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots) >click here<

• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)

 

Safety and Terms and Conditions

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Mountain 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to see you all - hope you had a great day -look forward to meeting you again.

    3 · May 5, 2014

  • vinod k.

    Excellent hike. quite good for beginners

    May 5, 2014

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