Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)
Start: Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, LU6 2GY
Finish: Ivinghoe Beacon, nr LU6 2EG
Terrain: Paths, trail
Toughness: Moderate
Ascent: 194 metres
Navigation: Easy (waymarked)
Good for: Families
Lat Long / Grid Ref of Start: 51.8675, -0.5369 / TL0083819782

An enjoyable, spectacular run through the Chilterns countryside. From
the start, follow circular ‘Ridgeway Link’ waymarkers along the upgraded path of the Icknield Way, wonderfully runnable in the dry and wonderfully muddy the rest of the year. It passes Whipsnade Zoo and Whipsnade Tree Cathedral which, with Ashridge Estate, offer great opportunities for exploring with the family, too. The final climb up Ivinghoe Beacon is rewarded with spectacular views across the Vale of Aylesbury; a wonderful place to watch the sun set. Car parks at both ends of the trail, and buses from Ivinghoe and Whipsnade.

Miles Km Directions
0.0 0.0 From Gateway Centre follow Icknield Way and Ridgeway Link waymarkers south west along Dunstable Downs
1.7 2.8 Cross road in Whipsnade and continue following waymarked path south
2.7 4.4 Turn right at path junction, continuing to follow Icknield Way south west to Dagnall
4.3 6.9 Turn left along road and then right at roundabout, continuing along road
4.7 7.6 Turn left and head south west along waymarked trail to reach Ward’s Hurst Farm
6.0 9.6 At Ward’s Hurst Farm turn right at track junction, following Icknield Way
7.1 11.4 Join Ridgeway trail at track junction and head north to Ivinghoe Beacon

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