Pete's Walks - Pitstone Hill and Wigginton (page 1 of 3)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this 12 mile  circular walk on Sunday, 15th November, 2009.  It was a repeat of Walk 4 of my Chiltern Chain Walk, but in the opposite (clockwise) direction. I chose this walk to do as I really only had about four hours to spare, as there was a family gathering later in the day to celebrate my nephew's birthday.

I started walking about 9.am from the car park by Pitstone Hill, heading away from that hill towards Steps Hill. I turned right as I reached the foot of Steps Hill,  following a path that climbed fairly gently uphill to reach the main track between Ivinghoe Beacon and the Bridgewater Monument in Ashridge. I followed the track a short distance to the right, before forking right immediately before the kennels on Clipper Down. As I followed the path downhill, there were nice views towards Wigginton and Aldbury Nowers, places I'd be visiting later on the walk.

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Start of the walk, from opposite the Pitstone Hill car park, looking towards Steps Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon (left), neither of which would I visit today.

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The path up towards Clipper Down

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Start of the path down Clipper Down, from near the kennels

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Looking to the woods of Aldbury Nowers, and Wigginton in the distance, from Clipper Down

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Aldbury Nowers from near the foot of Clipper Down

From the bottom of Clipper Down, I crossed a couple of fields and turned left on a bridleway heading uphill into the trees of Ashridge. I stayed on the bridleway at a junction where a path continued ahead towards the monument, the bridleway now contouring along the wooded slope just below the Monument. After a while it joined the main track from the Monument down to Aldbury, which I soon glimpsed through the trees on my right.

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Looking back to Clipper Down, from the start of the bridleway back up to Ashridge

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The bridleway up to Ashridge

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The bridleway contouring the hillside just below the Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge

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The bridleway down to Aldbury from the Monument

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Aldbury, glimpsed through the trees, from the bridleway from the monument

From the centre of Aldbury I turned left and then left again through the village allotments, to pick up a path rising back uphill through the trees once more. A short lane then took me into the hamlet of Toms Hill.

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Aldbury

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Aldbury from the allotments

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The path from Aldbury up towards Toms Hill

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The short lane into Toms Hill

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Close-up of Wigginton from Toms Hill