Icknield Way Path
|Icknield Way Path|
Ivinghoe Beacon is a trailhead
|Length||110 miles (177 km)|
|Location||Eastern England, United Kingdom|
|Designation||Long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom|
|Trailheads||Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire
Knettishall Heath, Suffolk
- This page refers to the modern footpath Icknield Way Path which follows part of the course of the older Icknield Way.
Icknield Way Path is a long distance footpath in East Anglia, England. The ancient Icknield Way itself is unique among long distance trails because it can claim to be ‘the oldest road in Britain’. It consists of prehistoric pathways, ancient when the Romans came; the route is dotted with archaeological remains. It survives today in splendid tracks and green lanes along the ‘chalk spine’ of southern England.
The Icknield Way Path runs for 110 miles (177 km) from the end of the Ridgeway at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, to the start of the Peddars Way at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The route takes the walker over some delightful countryside, including the Chilterns and Breckland with many panoramic views, charming villages and miles of beautiful green lanes. The Icknield Way Association has aimed to find the most pleasant route for walking, as close as possible to the general line of the ancient Icknield Way.
The path was devised by the Icknield Way Association and supported by the Ramblers Association. It was part of a plan to achieve National Trail status for the whole length of the ancient trackways linking the South Coast and The Wash. The path was recognised by local authorities in 1992.
In 2004 the Icknield Way was further developed into a multi-use route so that most of the route is also available for horse riders and off-road cyclists providing a complete walking and riding link between the two National Trails. Crossing six counties, the Icknield Way Trail is a 170 mile (274 km) route linking the Peddars Way National Trail in Suffolk with the Ridgeway National Trail in Buckinghamshire, which in turn links with the Wessex Ridgeway. Wherever possible the Icknield Way Trail follows the walkers' route, the Icknield Way Path, but diverges at several locations to ensure the Icknield Way Trail follows bridleways, byways and where necessary roads. Walkers can pass over footpaths and therefore can access more direct and/or scenic routes.
Commencing at Ivinghoe Beacon with places en route: Dagnall, Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable, Wingfield, Chalgrave, Toddington, M1 motorway, Upper Sundon, Sharpenhoe, Streatley, Warden Hills, Pirton, Ickleford, Letchworth, Baldock, Wallington, Sandon, Therfield, Royston, Heydon, Elmdon, Great Chesterford, Linton, Balsham, Burrough Green, Stetchworth, Cheveley, Ashley, Gazeley, Tuddenham, Icklingham and finishing at Knettishall Heath Country Park.
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