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Ivinghoe Beacon Circular from Ivinghoe

Hill Walk + Pub Walk

Region - Chilterns

County/Area - Buckinghamshire - North Buckinghamshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.2 miles / 13.3 km    Ascent - 700 feet / 212 metres

Time - 4 hours 50 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

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Starting from the village of Ivinghoe this walk's main objective is the excellent viewpoint of Ivinghoe Beacon which is a lone sentinel on the edge of the. Chiltern Hills. The route follows fields paths and bridleways and offers a quieter way to the summit of Ivinghoe Beacon.

The walk starts from Ivinghoe village where on-street parking is available by St Mary the Virgin church (grid ref. SP945162). From the church make you way to the village green and The Kings Head. Turn right along the B488 signed to Leighton Buzzard and continue for 300 metres and turn right up Maud Janes Close. Nearing the top turn left onto a signed footpath beside a bungalow. Follow the path as it bends left to reach a track. Turn right and continue to where the tracks bends left. Turn right off the track to continue on the path which runs with a hedge on your right across fields to reach Chapel Lane in Ivinghoe Aston. Turn right through the village to reach the end of speed limit signs and turn left along a track (bridleway). The finger post for this on the right-hand side of the road when you approach.

Follow the bridleway north to Church End (grid ref. SP971191). Turn right along the B440. Reaching the end of speed limit signs continue along the grass verge for 80 metres to reach the entrance to large barns. Cross the stile with adjacent fingerpost and continue parallel to the road. Reaching the end of the field, turn right and continue to just after passing under power lines and turn left. Nearing a large house, turn right along a clear track. Continue to a small group of trees and turn left to reach the B489 (grid ref. SP970173).

Turn left and cross carefully to signed path by the radio mast. The path can be overgrown but after 80 metres you can turn right through a gap in the hedge and then head left with the hedge on your left. The path follows the edge of the field turning right, right, left, and then right again to the foot of Gallow Hill. Bear left and follow the clear path up the ridge to reach the OS trig column on Ivinghoe Beacon. Allow time to the enjoy the extensive view.

Descend steeply west down to a lane and a cattle grip. Bear right along the lane to reach the B489. Turn right and cross carefully to the footpath on the left (signed Two Ridges Link). At the bottom of the second field bear right and follow the field boundary. Nearing a road turn left through a gate and follow the path which runs parallel to the road inside a field. Exit via a stile to a point visited earlier in the walk. Turn left along a clear track, pass Crabtree Cottage, and continue into Invinghoe. Drop down Wellcroft to a T-junction. Turn left past the Rose and Crown and continue back to the start.

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