Telegraph Hill, Hertfordshire

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Telegraph Hill is a nature reserve near Lilley in north Hertfordshire. Between 1796 and 1814 it was a telegraph station, one of the links in the chain between Great Yarmouth and London during the Napoleanic wars. It is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and close to Deacon Hill SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).[1] According to the Chilterns AONB the hill is owned by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust;[2] a notice on the site says that it is managed by the trust, but it is not listed on the trust's web site as one of its reserves.

The site is a mixture of chalk grassland and scrub, with ancient beech trees. Wild flowers include rock rose, salad burnet and common spotted orchid.[3]

Day three of the Icknield Way Path between Streatley and Ickleford goes through the site.


  1. ^ Hamilton, Elizabeth. A journey into the deep past. Hertfordshire Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (Pdf of article published in January 2014 issue of Hertfordshire Life)
  2. ^ "Telegraph Hill". Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ Castle, Alan (2001). Walking in Bedfordshire. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 60. ISBN 9781852843120.

Coordinates: 51°56′45″N 0°22′21″W / 51.9458°N 0.3726°W / 51.9458; -0.3726