Tring, Aldbury and Ivinghoe Beacon along the famous Ridgeway

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Mar 30
2019

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This is a circular walk, approximately 10 miles in length. 

This walk takes in part of the Ridgeway (or "ancient trackway" often described as Britain's oldest road).  The Ridgeway is a national trail which starts in Wiltshire and ends at Ivinghoe Beacon (which we shall visit) in the Eastern Chilten Hills.  The national trail is 87 miles in length; clearly we will not be covering it all on this walk!

We start from Tring Station and head North-East on the Icknield Way / Ridgeway gaining in altitude until we reach Ivinghoe Beacon at 233 m above sea level. The views to the north over the Buckinghamshire countryside are spectacular on a clear and crisp Spring day.

We wind our way south through the established forest of the Ashridge Estate, skirting the village of Little Gaddesdon before reaching the Bridgewater Monument.  The monument was built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who once lived in Ashridge house. As we walk around its York stone base, we will be able to notice how the monument is dedicated to 'the father of inland navigation' because the duke became famous for building canals during the Industrial Revolution.

We descend to the valley and the pretty village of Aldbury where we will stop for a drink at one of the two excellent pubs in the delightful village, before returning to the station.

(All images are from Google Image Search and are labelled 'Free to share and use' and credited to: Michael Maggs, Geoff Harris, Shaun Ferguson, Colin Smith, Christine Matthews and Peter O'Connor).

 

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