The end of the Chilterns

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Mar 17

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This is a lengthy walk which will be done at a reasonably fast pace. Two short sharp inclines in the first half.

This is a CIRCULAR walk, approximately 16.5 miles in length. 

We start from Harlington railway station (Beds).  Heading south, we pick up the Icknield Way trail and ascend to the summit of the escarpment that represents the final eastern efforts of the famous Chiltern Hills.  Weather depending, there will be some stunning views to the north across the Bedfordshire countryside.

Following the John Bunyan Trail, we then head south towards Luton, but, before we reach the city, we divert along the Chiltern Way in an easterly direction.  We travel east along the Chiltern Way and then the Icknield Way before descending to the valley in a northerly direction, passing into neighbouring Hertfordshire and the village of Hexton (where they may be time for a drink at the local pub, progress permitting).

The afternoon is much flatter as we head back in a westerly direction through Barton-le-Clay, returning to Bedfordshire and our final destination of Harlington.

This will be a fairly fast-paced walk since there is a lot of ground to cover. However, with the exception of two short sharp inclines, much of the route is fairly level if not completely flat, so we should be able to pick up a good pace.



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