This circular hike is beautifully crafted, you’d never know it’s so close to London. The walk up to Ivinghoe Beacon provides outstanding views to the south. There is plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for before you reach the Beacon itself. The hike crosses into the Ashridge Estate, now owned by the National Trust. Taking you through untouched woodland, complete with bluebells in spring, up to the impressive Bridgewater Monument and then onto a welcome coffee shop stop. You’ve then cracked the back of the hike as the lovely village of Aldbury lies below you. A quick traverse down the escarpment and you will arrive at The Greyhound, a lovely village pub with accommodation. Tring Station is a short walk away.
THE CURATOR’S VIEW
“A short train ride from central London lies the market town of Tring. Tring Station is situated on the path of The Ridgeway which, at over 5000 years old, is the oldest road in the UK. The walk begins by following The Ridgeway to its easternmost point of Ivinghoe Beacon with amazing views across the Vale of Aylesbury and Dunstable Downs. On this first section of the route you soon realise you are treading ancient trails as you make your way up to Pitstone Hill with its grassy, unusually shaped slopes.
Leaving Ivinghoe Beacon you head into Ashridge Estate, which is all managed by the National Trust for Ashridge House. This whole area served as a hunting ground for royalty from as early as 1290. The herds of deer still roam the area freely. The walk takes you past the impressive Bridgewater Monument which was built in 1832. Next to the monument is a café where you can get refreshments before heading on through Aldbury and back to the station.”
Curator: Neil Thubron
• Exploring one of the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
• The epic views from Ivinghoe Beacon
• Catching the bluebells in full bloom during spring
• The butterflies…!