Walk distance – 6.5 km (4 Miles), Time – between 1 hr 30 mins to 2 hours, Highest point – 241m Total ascent – 171
Route classed as moderate.
A leisurely walk just north of Berkhamsted. The trail follows well defined paths with one significant climb, three quarters away around the route.
Our Buckinghamshire walk begins in a car park just north of the hamlet of Ringshall along the Beacon Road. From this car park which is part of Ivinghoe Common the path takes you along a ridgeway called Dunscombe Terrace. This is a wide path so social distancing is easy. From this track there are excellent views to the south and east. This part of the walk is in the shade of the overhanging trees. At the end of this section you emerge from Dunscombe Terrace on to Beacon Road. Here you’ll find additional parking and great views across Buckinghamshire to the north east.
Descent and Rise
From Beacon Road you descend steeply to the valley below. At the bottom turn right into a wooded area called The Coombe. You have now joined the long distant path called the Icknield Way. This section of the route has an eery beauty. You look along the army of pines with their multiple needle free branches.
After approximately 15 minutes of walking through Coombe you arrive at a dramatic rise. This well trodden route has steps to help you on your way. Once you have reached the top you’ll be rewarded with more great views across Bedfordshire. Allow your heart rate to drop while you admire the countryside.
From here it is plain sailing across some open fields and back to the car.
We enjoyed a picnic a few metres from the car park until the rain started to fall. Luckily we had finished our food and drink and it was time to go home.
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