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Hitchin Train Station - Great Northern Rail
Join us for this amazing hike into the heart of the most north easterly ridge of the Chiltern hills, quiet flat bottom valleys, several nature reserves and an abandoned medieval village.
*Pegson Hills and Hoo Bit National Nature Reserve - One of the jewels of the Chilterns with stunning views over the rolling hills
Hoo Bit: A flower-rich grazed meadow, surrounded by beech trees & Knocking Hoe National Nature Reserve, an area swathed in wildflowers
The Icknield Way - One of the oldest roads in the UK and provides evidence of an ancient settlement
Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve: Mature alder and willow fen woodland by the river Oughton with large diversity of habitats
Pirton: shrunken medieval village: Pirton first appeared in official records in the Domesday Book in 1086 AD and was knows as Peritone (meaning “Homestead of Pears”)
Motte and bailey castle (Toot Hill) – Remains of the castle built in the 11th century, most likely during the Anarchy. T
St Mary's Church - The largest church in Hertfordshire
Hitchin’s old town, which has kept its medieval market town feel, traditional cobbled streets and fine Tudor and Georgian buildings.
Walk length: 25 km (16 miles),
Total ascent: 320 m
We will have 2 short breaks during the walk.
This is a circular hike
Meeting place: Just outside of Hitchin station
Hike start time: 10.15am
Trains: From (A) London St Pancras at 9.31 am (B) London Kings Cross at 9.33am (C) London Bridge 9.16am
Virginia Water is very popular all year round with its towering 100-foot Totem Pole, historical monuments, and ancient forests.
Share the great outdoors, vast lakes, green woodlands, flowery gardens, and your passion for orangutans with other supporters like you. Immerse yourself in breath-taking views all whilst raising vital funds to help give our orangutans in Borneo a second chance.
What’s included: guided walk around Virginia Water at Great Windsor Park, registration fee, free BOS t-shirt.
What’s not included: food, drinks.
Registration Fee : £25
Length: 5-6 miles (8-9km)
Toughness: 4 out of 10.
IMPORTANT: To sign up for this event, you have to register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ivinghoe-beacon-and-ashridge-woodland-hike-tickets-149908401063
ONLY REGISTRATION THROUGH EVENTBRITE CAN CONFIRM YOUR PLACE SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER THERE.
Let’s raise money for orangutans together! Your registration fee will completely cover your walk and a BOS donation, however, we also encourage each of you to actively fundraise amongst your family and friends to support our release program. Every penny you raise will mean that we can be there for the orangutans when they need us most. Raise £50 or more to earn your very own BOS insulated water bottle!
How to do it?
From creating a JustGiving page (take a look at the handy video), hosting a dinner party or a game night, setting up an online pub quiz, or (if you are crafty), making some great products ready to sell online? Whatever you decide to do, please don't forget to stay up to date with the Government's advice.
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. We will pass the Savill Garden restaurant though it can get very busy at that time of the year, and they don't take bookings.
MEETING POINT AND TIME:
OPTION 1 - Outside Savill Visitor Centre at 11:00AMCar parking is free with the paid entry (£13.50) into The Savill Garden. Please bring your Savill Garden ticket to the reception desk at The Savill Garden Visitor Centre to redeem your free car parking ticket. Please note that walking through Savill Garden is not part of the program so you have to do it either before or after the walk).
OPTION 2- Next to Totem Pole at Windsor Great Park at 11.30AM (10 min walk from Virginia Water Visitor Centre/Car Park)
You can get to Virginia Water Visitor Centre by train, bus or taxi. Or if you prefer, you can drive and park at Virginia Water Car Park where there is a charge of £12 for 3hrs of parking. The walk from the visitor center at Virginia Water to the totem pole takes about 10 minutes along a well-signed tarmac path with the water on your left.
GETTING THERE BY CAR:
Virginia Water Car Park (Sat Nav code: GU25 4QF)Savill Gardens Car Park (Sat Nav code: TW20 OUJ)
GETTING THERE BY TRAIN/BUS FROM LONDON
Please aim to take a 9.20AM train coming from London Waterloo and arriving in Sunningdale at 10.08AM, followed by a bus nr 500 from Sunningdale Railway Station at 10.31AM, final stop in Wheatsheaf, just opposite to Virginia Water Car Park. The bus ride is approx. 7 min, however, if you miss it, there are taxis/uber available in Sunningdale.For those who are really fit it would be possible to walk along a footpath by the A30 all the way from Sunningdale station to the visitor center at Virginia Water.
Please note: Going inside Windsor Castle is not our agenda for the day and it's not included in the itinerary or the price.
Contact: If you have any doubts, queries, or would like to chat to us about the best options for you, please contact us via email on [masked] or phone:[masked]