Tring, Aldbury and Ivinghoe Beacon along the Ridgeway

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Feb 29

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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!

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 huge and ancient forest of the Ashridge Estate, 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 (often used in TV and film productions) where we will stop for a drink at one of the two excellent pubs in the village, before returning to the station.




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