The Icknield Way

September 2018.
A long time in the waiting, we had planned to walk the Icknield Way back in 2011, but had to cancel at short notice. Due to time constraints we were limited to six days only, so we will need to come back next year to complete this one - probably in tandem with the Peddars Way ... Some lovely mixed walking, often with open views in very pleasant countryside, but combined with a very ubanised day 2. That said, we stayed in some nice B&Bs and had some really fantastic food along the way.
The start of our journey - Tring Station Ivinghoe Beacon here we come! P1050738
The Beacon comes into view There it is !! First objective accomplished
Memories from years gone by ... Ta-daaah! Icknield Way Association milestone
Apoaching woodland at Ward's Coombe P1050747 "Cypress fir plantation2
"At the base of a steep hill ... go up the steps with fence on left" P1050753 P1050754
The first of many golf courses to negotiate Studham Lane - "a small paved green lane without traffic" New orchard area adjecent to the Tree Cathedral, Whipsnade
Emerging from track to fine views Fine views indeed ... An abundance of hawthorn berries this year
Extensive views from the track on Dunstable Downs Ivinghoe Beacon from Dunstable Downs Passing the Chilterns Gateway Centre, approaching the 'Five Knolls'
Day 2.  eyond Dunstable A steep climb up to the A5 at Chalk Hill Dunstable sewage treatment works
Blue Waters Woodland P1050780 Small tributary of the Ouzel Brook showing iron 'ochre'
Getting ready for major development, Bury Spinney Approaching the new Dunstable northern bypass Crossing the bypass
Our lunch spot - All Saints Church, Chalgrave P1050791 Chalton sewage treatment works discharge into the Fancott Brook
Crossing the M1 .. or was it the railway line ...? Approaching Sharpenhoe Clappers Our destination for Day 2 - Streatley ...
... and The Chequers, our B&B. Day 3.  St Margaret's Church, Streatley P1050806
P1050807 P1050812 Galley Hill
Icknield Way information board, Maulden Firs P1050817 Lovely woodland track, Telegraph Hill
Amazing colours ... Pirton ... ... must be time for lunch!
St Mary's Church, Pirton Lots blackberries this year too ! The River Hiz at Ickleford
and again Black squirrel, Norton Common P1050831
Day 3.  Crossing the Baldock bypass ... ... and heading back into the countryside again ... Open field approaching Clothall
Old timberyard? Stpping for a break and some wonderful open views - approaching Wallington The old well at Wallington
P1050842 Sandon - more tea, vicar?! Lych gate and church, Sandon
P1050847 Drinks on the green, the Fox and Duck, Therfield P1050849
Old farm machinery, P1050851 Royston comes into view, Therfield Heath
Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Memorial, Royston A touch of luxury.  Our bedroom ... ... and bathroom ...
... at The Old Bull Inn, Royston A short distance aftre leaving Royston ... Grey skies, and a long track ...
A long, stready climb up to Heydon ... and a well-deserved break No jokes about Carolyn 'pumping', please ...
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"At Freewood Farm turn left past the bull pens ..." Tree-lined track approaching the M11 The River Cam at Great Chesterford
P1050876 Our final B&B, the Crown Inn, Linton The River Granta, Linton High Street
Footbridge over the Granta, Linton recreation ground P1050882 Beautiful morning, leaving Linton
Looking back to Linton ... and beyond ... Linton water tower, Rivey Lane Rivey Lane, heading towards Chilford Hall
Information board, The Roman Road, "Via Devana" Balsham village sign Fox Lane
Impressive fungi, village green, Brinkley P1050900 Our destination ... Dullingham Station