The Ashridge Woodlands Walk
Join us for this 10-mile walk from Tring Station to Ivinghoe Beacon via the beautiful National Trust run Ashridge Estate, using National Trails (including the Icknield way, The Ridgeway, and the Hertfordshire Way). This exhilarating walk takes us up and down several hills and will involve ascending around 350m during our walk to our high point at the Ivinghoe Beacon at 233m, where we should get excellent views over the Hertfordshire countryside (weather dependent). We return to Tring Station via wonderful woodland trails, which are exceptional whatever the time of year. A great walk to get out of the City, and take in some superb countryside, just 45 minutes from Euston.
Length: 16 km Protected content , 5-6 hours. N.B. It's a 16 km walk so it may be strenuous. Paths may be muddy so boots are recommended.
The Icknield Way is an ancient trackway in southern and eastern England that goes from Norfolk to Wiltshire. It follows the chalk escarpment that includes the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills.
It is generally said to be, within Great Britain, one of the oldest roads of which the route can still be traced, being one of the few long-distance trackways to have existed before the Romans occupied the country. The name is also said to have been initially used for the part to the west and south (i.e. south of the River Thames) but now refers usually to the track or traces north of the Thames.From ancient times, at least as early as the Iron Age period (before the Roman invasion of 43 AD) and through Anglo-Saxon times, it stretched from Berkshire through Oxfordshire and crossed the River Thames at Cholsey, near Wallingford.
The Ridgeway is a ridgeway or ancient trackway described as Britain's oldest road. The section clearly identified as an ancient trackway extends from Wiltshire along the chalk ridge of the Berkshire Downs to the River Thames at the Goring Gap, part of the Icknield Way which ran, not always on the ridge, from Salisbury Plain to East Anglia.
Ivinghoe Beacon is a prominent hill and landmark in the Chiltern Hills, standing Protected content Protected content above sea level. It is situated close to the village of Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire, the Ashridge Estate, and the villages of Aldbury and Little Gaddesden in Hertfordshire and is managed and owned by the National Trust. Ivinghoe Beacon is part of the Ivinghoe Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest. It lies between the towns of Dunstable in Bedfordshire, and Berkhamsted and Tring in Hertfordshire. It is the starting point of the Icknield Way to the east, and the Ridgeway long-distance path to the west.
Meeting point and time:
We will meet at 09.30 am at Protected content near the information point. We will make our way to the platform at 09.50am. We will aim to take the 10.01 am train from Protected content , arriving in Tring at 10.36 am.
Lunch: We will stop for lunch at Protected content approximately at 1.30pm for a light snack / drinks. We cannot book a table in advance and would recommend that you BRING A PACKED LUNCH WITH YOU
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