Pete's Walks- Barton and Deacon Hill (page 1 of 4)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 10 miles on Saturday, 1st September 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I did in July 2014, the route being a shortened version of the Lilley-Barton walk that is one of my favourite walks in the Chilterns. Today, when I reached the foot of Deacon Hill I made a detour to the Knocking Hoe nature reserve and back (about a mile each way) to see the Autumn Lady's-Tresses there, so I actually walked about 12 miles (I did the same thing last year, and have lazily regurgitated much of that report here).

I parked in Old Road, Barton-le-Clay (grid reference TL083305), by the entrance to some playing fields and started walking about 10.05am. I followed a footpath across the playing fields and then down a short alley, to emerge opposite Barton church. I turned right here, along Church Road, and at the end of the road I took a footpath going left, passing a paddock and then a field on my right. Just after the path turned right in the field corner, I went through a metal kissing-gate and followed a steep path (it uses 'steps' in a couple of places) up to the top of the Barton Hills.

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The alley between the playing fields and Barton church

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The path from Barton to Barton Hills

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Looking back from near the start of the path up to the top of the Barton Hills

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The path up to the top of the Barton Hills (it turns left at the top of these steps, to reach the gate on the skyline)

I then followed a fence-line on my left for about half a mile, with the chalky hills sloping down on my right. There is one main valley here, with two or three side-valleys entering it from the eastern side where I was walking, the western slope being wooded. I continued along the path as it then turned right, now with a hedge on my left, to cross above the end of the main valley - here, as elsewhere, were good views over Barton Hills, to Barton, Sharpenhoe Clappers and beyond.

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The path along the eastern side of the Barton Hills

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Looking back from Barton Hills, towards Sharpenhoe Clappers (the wood-topped hill in the distance), Barton and beyond

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The path along the eastern side of the Barton Hills

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Looking back from Barton Hills, towards Sharpenhoe Clappers (the wood-topped hill in the distance)

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Looking back along the path along the eastern side of the Barton Hills

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The last and largest of the side valleys leading down to the main valley in the Barton Hills

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The path continuing along the southern edge of Barton Hills

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Looking north along the main valley of Barton Hills

When I reached a hedge-corner I went straight on, soon coming to a path junction. where I turned left and immediately left the Barton hills nature reserve at a kissing-gate. I turned left, and followed a farm track for several hundred yards until I reached a minor road. I went left for about a hundred yards, then took a bridleway on the other side. This followed a hedge on my left for about half a mile until I came to track crossroads, where I turned left onto part of the Icknield Way long-distance path (the OS map indicates that this section is also part of the historic Icknield Way).

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The bridleway heading south from Barton Hills

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The bridleway heading south from Barton Hills, approaching the road

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The bridleway going south from the road

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The bridleway going south from the road

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The bridleway going south from the road, approaching the Icknield Way