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|The Rose and Crown and Ivinghoe Beacon|
|Author: Claire, Published: 13 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular pub walk from The Rose and Crown in the village of Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. The Rose and Crown has been offering a warm welcome, a great pint and a memorable meal since 1690, so makes the perfect place for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route explores the nearby Ivinghoe Hills, climbing high up to the exhilarating viewpoint of Ivinghoe Beacon. You will follow parts of The Ridgeway and Icknield Way paths, well-known for their claims as two of the oldest routes in Britain, with views of the village and the Pitstone Post Mill to enjoy along the way. |
The route follows well-used paths, but the chalk surfaces can be muddy after periods of rain and the tops of the hills are very exposed so make sure you dress appropriately. The route has several moderate climbs and descents, and there is also one very steep descent from Ivinghoe Beacon (whilst this is not for the faint-hearted, it can be avoided by taking a detour along a quiet access road if you prefer). The route crosses several sheep pastures and the Ivinghoe Hills are grazed by free-roaming cattle, ponies and sheep, so take care with dogs. There are no stiles, but you will need to negotiate several kissing gates and pass alongside a cattle grid. (The bypass gate alongside this cattle grid was locked when we walked, so we had to cross the grid itself and lift our dog over the locked gate – the landowner assures us this has now been rectified but please be aware that this may re-occur). Allow 2.5 hours.
Ivinghoe village is located within the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, close to the border with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The walk starts and finishes from The Rose and Crown pub, on the corner between Vicarage Lane, Wellcroft and Ladysmith Road. There is roadside parking available along Wellcroft and Ladysmith Road but please park with respect for the local residents. Additional parking is available by the village green and church. Approximate post code LU7 9EQ.
|Start to Middle Path Farm|
Start point: 51.8375 lat, -0.6297 long
Standing with your back to the pub’s front door, turn left long along Vicarage Lane. At the end of the lane, you will come to a T-junction with the main village road, with the church opposite and (coincidentally!) The Old Vicarage on your right. St Mary’s Church dates from 1220, but was set on fire on 1234 in an act of spite against the Bishop of Winchester. It was rebuilt in 1241.
|Middle Path Farm to Ridgeway|
Start point: 51.8338 lat, -0.626 long
Turn left through the bridle gate to join the footpath signed to The Ridgeway and Ivinghoe Beacon. Follow this narrow path with a fenced pasture on your left, a hedgerow on your right and glorious views of the hills you are about to climb ahead. At the end of this path, pass through the gate ahead to enter a pasture. (NOTE: You are likely to come across sheep or other livestock from this point).
|Ridgeway to Road Crossing|
Start point: 51.8286 lat, -0.61 long
Turn left to join the Ridgeway, a grass path which leads you through a small dip and then begins to climb into the hills ahead. The track swings steadily left (with stunning views to your left) to reach a gate ahead. Do NOT pass through this gate, instead take the chalk path running immediately to the left of it (with a wire fence on your right).
|Road Crossing to Ivinghoe Beacon|
Start point: 51.8372 lat, -0.6074 long
Cross over the road with care, pass to the right of the vehicle barrier ahead and you will see a metal fingerpost and a National Trust sign for the Ashridge Estate, both on your right. There is a choice of two chalk tracks ahead, 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock. Take the left-hand of these tracks (11 o’clock), signed as the Icknield Way to Ivinghoe Beacon.
|Ivinghoe Beacon to Ivinghoe Aston|
Start point: 51.8422 lat, -0.6084 long
When you are ready to continue, stand at the trig point with the Ridgeway information board behind you. Turn left for a few paces to pass over the brow of the grass cliff. You will see a steep chalk path leading down the hill to reach the cattle grid on the road at the bottom. This cattle grid is your next destination. If the ground is dry and firm and you are confident with your footing, descend the steep footpath. If you would rather avoid this, you can retrace your steps back to the Road Crossing, turn right and follow the road down to the cattle grid.
|Ivinghoe Aston to End|
Start point: 51.8513 lat, -0.6134 long
To continue the walk, turn left to join the tarmac access drive (signed as a public bridleway). At the fork (by the gate for Crabtree Farmhouse), take the right-hand branch, a public bridleway lined with hedgerows and trees. Simply follow this pretty, green bridleway ahead for just over a mile, passing Crabtree Farmhouse, a lovely section of woodland and then the edge of Ivinghoe Golf Course along the way.
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A new favourite walk. The dogs loved it, the views were stunning and the Rose & Crown a fantastic dog friendly pub. Great beers and if you visit at lunch time, sandwiches to die for.
|By johnkees on 02 Jun 2017|
Great walk but the footpath near the end (from walking under power cables to the bridle path by the farmhouse) can be tricky to find.
|By MsMagpie on 28 Jul 2017|
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