Natural countryside doesn’t get much more beautiful than this. Ivinghoe Beacon is the beginning/end of the Ridgeway Trail and is part of the National Trust Ashridge Estate which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Chilterns. It is very close to the border with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Across the valley you can see the Whipsnade white lion pinpointing Whipsnade Zoo.

If you love walking, fresh air and stunning scenery then this walk is for you. There is no entrance fee and there is a large car park besides which there are plenty of grassy areas for a picnic (please keep the countryside beautiful by taking all your litter home with you). However there are no restroom facilities so don’t drink too much tea with your picnic. If you don’t fancy a picnic there are lovely pubs in the area. We stopped at The Grand Junction Arms on the way home where there is ample seating in their spacious back garden, right beside the Grand Union Canal.

We did the 3 mile circular walk which takes you along the Ivinghoe hills to the Beacon and then back through the fields. But you can walk as far as you like along the Ridgeway so long as you remember to turn around to get back to your car. As my dear Mum would have said, the weather was decidedly “umptidoodlely” when we were there but it didn’t put us off.

www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/route/ivinghoe-beacon

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