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Hidden England - Ivinghoe Beacon
in/near Dunstable, Bedfordshire,
England Heart Of Inc Birmingham
Review added: 22/03/2006 16:10
By: Yerrell1 (£0.00 earned from reviews) Earn £££'s
"If you are looking for a delightful walk, across beautiful and scenic countryside, look no further than Ivinghoe Beacon. You really can have a great family day out here, at no cost at all! Allow me to tell you a little bit more:
Ivinghoe Beacon is a prominent hill and landmark in the Chilterns. It stands at a huge 249m above sea level, and is located in the village of Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire, near Dunstable. The distance from Milton Keynes is 15 miles, it's only 40 miles from London and 70 from Birmingham.
It is free to visit Ivinghoe Beacon.
WHAT TO DO
Enjoy a leisurely walk over the beacon, and take in the sights and sounds of the countryside. Be sure to take a picnic with you, as a reward for reaching the top of this mammoth hill. This location is ideal for Kite and model aeroplane enthusiasts. There is very rarely a time where you don't see a group of people flying something from the top of the beacon! The walk from the car park area, to the top of the beacon is around 25 minutes, for someone of average fitness. At the top of the beacon, you will find further information on the history and surrounding areas of its location, which gives a facinating insight.
TO BE SEEN FROM THE TOP
From the top, you will be able to see, looking east, Whipsnade Zoo (wildlife park) Eastward is also the Pitstone windmill, the oldest of its type in Britain, dating from 1627. You will also be able to see such cities as Milton Keynes, Dunstable, Aylesbury and Tring. The views go for miles
IN THE WINTER
This place is 5 star for sledging. If you have ever wondered where you can take the kids, for a ride down snow-laced hills, look no further than here. I would not recommend sledging off the beacon itself, but just below the car park (there is only one) is a nice sized sloped hill. You and the kids will need a strong stomach, as the angle of the hill is steep, but at the same time very safe.
FINDING IVINGHOE BEACON
The key here is to get to Dunstable. Dunstable is accessed from the A5 (the A5 stretches from Warwickshire to London) - Once in Dunstable, its easy! Simply follow the A4146 (signposted Leighton Buzzard) and you can't miss it! For a full detailed route description, visit www.theaa.com for their route planner (or any other leading route plan software will do)
A PINT AFTER
I'm sure after a long walk up the hills (and back again) you will be looking for the nearest pub, so you can sink in to a pint of ale or beer (maybe even lemonade or cola?) Well, look no further than the The Village Swan, Ivinghoe Aston, situated a few minutes drive away. Here you can sample a wide selection of real ales, soft drinks and other alcoholic beverages, whilst relaxing in warm and friendly surroundings. 01525 220544 for further details
QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT ASK - ANSWERED IN ADVANCE BY ME!
Q - Are dogs allowed on the beacon/surrounding areas?
A - Yes, they are allowed. Make sure you bring a bag to collect their waste though, or you could get a £50 on the spot fine.
Q - Is this walk suitable for everyone?
A - Yes, it is not a difficult walk, and can be completed by anyone, young or old. Just take it slow, and relax, there is no rush!
Q - Can I get here by train or bus?
A - Yes, the nearest train station is Cheddington (2 miles) or Tring (4 miles). See your local rail provider for more information. Buses run to Leighton buzzard, and then you can catch a local bus to Ivinghoe, or walk 5 miles.
Q - What's car parking like?
A - There is ample car parking at the start of the beacon. Simply follow signs for 'ivinghoe beacon' when you reach Ivinghoe, and you can't miss it! The road only goes one way
So, for that relaxing walk - and a lovely day out, visit Ivinghoe Beacon - It will enlighten you!"
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