Pete's Walks- Barton and Deacon Hill (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 circular walk of about 10 miles on Saturday, 28th November 2015. It was a repeat of a walk I did about 18 months ago, but in the opposite (clockwise) direction. The route is a cut-down version of my Lilley-Barton walk, which is one of my favourite walks in the Chilterns. Unfortunately I chose to do this walk an a very grey (and ultimately rather wet) day, so my pictures really don't do the walk justice.

I started walking about 10:15am, from the entrance to a recreation ground at Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire (Grid Reference TL083304). I took the footpath across the recreation ground, which continued down a short alley to emerge opposite the village church. I turned left and at the end of the road I went a few yards right before going down Manor Road. After about a quarter of a mile I passed a Lower School on my right, and a little further on I turned right along a footpath. This soon left the village and continued beside a hedgerow on the left. When the hedgerow ended, the path continued between green fields of winter wheat on either side. Over to my right, I could see a line of hills, half a mile or so away. Beyond another short stretch of hedgerow the path turned left, only to turn right within a few yards, behind a longer hedge row.

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The path across the recreation ground

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Near the start of the path from Manor Road, Luton

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The path from Barton

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Looking right, from the path from Barton

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The path from Barton (it turns left beyond the short stretch of hedge ahead of me, the turns right behind the hedge on the left)

The path continued beside the hedge on my right through two fields, then went half-right across a third field to reach the edge of the village of Hexton. Here I went right, along a lane, and soon reached a T-junction in the village where I turned left.

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The path continuing from Barton towards Hexton

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The path continuing from Barton towards Hexton

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The path approaching Hexton

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The road through Hexton

The road soon left the village and became a track, turning right to head towards a former mill. I passed the mill after about half a mile, the right of way continuing straight on beside a bit of woodland on my right. When I came to a junction with a bridleway, I turned right and followed the bridleway towards the next village, Pegsdon. I joined the end of a drive and followed it past a couple of farms to a road, where I turned right. After a while I passed a junction where the road through the main part of Pegsdon went left. A few yards further on I went right (actually almost straight on) along a very short 'no through road', to reach a grass verge along the road from Barton to Hitchin.

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The track to the mill

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The track to the mill

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The path continuing from the mill towards Pegsdon

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The path approaching Pegsdon

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The drive near Pegsdon

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The minor road approaching Pegsdon