Five Knolls & Totternhoe from Robertson Corner
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Walk Route Description
The start is the car park on the west side of Robertson Corner (grid ref. TL008197). After parking walk north following the waymarked path (Icknield Way Trail) along the top of the Dunstable Downs to the Five Knolls tumuli. From here head downhill to join West Street, which runs along the line of the ancient Icknield Way. Cross West Street on to the Green Lane opposite (known as Drovers Way). You are now on the Chiltern Way as well as the Icknield Way Trail.
Enjoy the view of Ivinghoe Beacon in the distance on your left. The view back to the Downs includes the Five Knolls which you have recently visited. Continue along the Green lane, ignoring the first junction on the left to reach a cross roads of Green Lanes (grid ref. SP998221).
Turn left here and follow the green lane to reach Dunstable Road (grid ref. SP991213) in Totterhnoe. Go straight across Dunstable Road into Furlong Lane. A short way along on the left take a signed footpath into Well Head Road. Turn left and follow this lane as far as the B489 (Icknield Way) near Well Head.
Carefully cross the B489 and follow the bridleway opposite, with the London Gliding Club on the right, and continue to the base of the Downs. At the end of the bridleway (grid ref. TL005202), turn right and follow the footpath along the bottom of the slope. Continue following the waymarked path along the bottom of the hill. Reaching a kissing gate, you can choose to follow the bridleway on the right or continue through the kissing gate and follow the lower path.
Before reaching the road (grid ref. SP997186), turn left and climb up hill parallel to the road. Reaching the top, near the Bison Hill car park, follow the bridleway that leads to the left, entering a pasture via a gate. Contour across this field enjoying views over the surrounding countryside, including the Vale of Aylesbury. The bridleway goes through another gate where you continue straight ahead to return to the start.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2316 Dunstable Downs Circular - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3089 Dunstable Downs & Totternhoe from Robertson Corner - easy/mod - 8.8 miles/14.3 km
Walk 3125 Whipsnade & Codling Bank from Robertson Corner - easy - 4.3 miles/7 km
Walk 3409 The Three Counties Tops - mod/hard - 17.0 miles/27.6 km
Walk 1833 Great Gaddesden from Jockey End - easy - 5.2 miles/8.5 km
Walk 1999 The Chilterns above Tring - moderate - 12.0 miles/19.5 km
Walk 2399 The Chilterns above Tring (short version) - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 2064 Ivinghoe Beacon from the Ashridge Estate - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 1007 The Ashridge Estate circular - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 3025 Ashridge Estate Circular - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
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