Pete's Walks - Kensworth and Ivinghoe Beacon (page 1 of 2)

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 roughly 15-mile walk on Saturday, 27th November 2010. This was yet another repeat of my Kensworth and Ivinghoe Beacon walk - there was a smattering of snow on the ground and I didn't want to drive anywhere in the wintry conditions, so chose to do a walk from home.

It was quite foggy as I set off from Kensworth about 10am.  I took the path from Whipsnade Road to Dovehouse Lane, and then made my way past Holywell and on to Studham.

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Field gate at the start of the path from the Whipsnade road to Dovehouse Lane - the phot gives a good idea of what the conditions were like at the start of the walk

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Footpath between Holywell and the road into Studham

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Approaching Studham

From Studham I took the long bridleway starting on Common Road, heading along a hedge line and then descending and re-ascending the Gade Valley. I saw four other walkers as I reached the top of the far hillside near Hudnall (one ahead of me, three coming the other way).

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Near the start of the bridleway from Common Road, Studham, to Hudnall

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The bridleway follows the hedge line across the Gade Valley, switching to the right of the hedge after crossing the road

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View right from near the same spot, along the valley

From Hudnall I crossed a large ploughed field, passing a solitary tree near the start, and then crossed some empty pastures near Little Gaddesden church. Further on I passed between some paddocks, before crossing the road  through the village and taking a long private drive that took me to Ringshall.

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The path from Hudnall to Little Gaddesden

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Path through paddocks in Little Gaddesden

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Private drive in Little Gaddesden

It was then a very pleasant stroll along a broad bridleway through the trees of Ashridge, all dusted with snow. I eventually reached the main track between the Bridgewater Monument and Ivinghoe Beacon, which I followed past the kennels on Clipper Down. After about another third of a mile I forked left onto a path through bushes and small trees to reach Steps Hill.

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Bridleway through Ashridge

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Bridleway through Ashridge

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The main track between the Bridgewater Monument Ashridge, and Ivinghoe Beacon, approaching Clipper Down

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The same track just beyond the kennels on Clipper Down

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I was rather surprised to find a flock of sheep in the woods near Steps Hill

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Approaching the top of Steps Hill

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Path on Steps Hill, skirting the top of Incombe Hole