Icknield Way Path
180 km / 112 miles
Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Luton, Suffolk
One of the links in a prehistoric route, often called the Greater Ridgeway, from The Wash to the South Devon Coast.
From the Ridgeway at Ivinghoe Beacon and using green lanes, farm and forestry tracks the route follows the group of prehistoric trackways which form the Icknield Way along the chalk spine from the Chilterns to Norfolk. Many sights of archaeological interest are passed on the route through Dunstable, Baldock, Royston, Great Chesterford and Icklingham meeting the Peddars Way at Knettishall Heath. The Icknield Way Association Walkers Guide includes details of a link to Thetford from West Stow and an alternative route through Toddington.
See also E-Routes (E2).
The waymarked Icknield Way - Ridgeway Link (7.5 miles and coincident with the Icknield Way Path on OS mapping) is a linking route from the Chilterns Gateway Centre on Dunstable Downsto the finish of The Ridgeway National Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon where there are no visitor facilities. The Link uses the route of the existing Icknield Way Path that has been upgraded to make it stile-free and steps have been added on a steep section.
See also E-Routes (E2).
Strider News - August 2013 (Publication Update)
Writer Hugh Thomson travels on or near the full Icknield Way linking sites from England's past - from Maiden Castle and Avebury to Stonehenge to Seahenge and the Wash. 'The Green Road to the Trees' has ISBN: 978-1848093324 and is priced at £18.99, from Preface Publications in 2012. Today walkers can make a similar journey by following four recreational routes: Peddars Way National Trail, the Icknield Way Path, the Ridgeway National Trail and the Wessex Ridgeway (or for Stonehenge, by the the developing Great Stones Way).
|Path Type:||Paths Marked on OS mapping|
|Waymark:||Named disc with neolithic flint axe emblem|
|Attributes:||Average Gradients; Forest/Woodland; Downland/Wolds; Heritage|
SP960168 - Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks
TL944807 - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk
|User Group:||Icknield Way Association|
|1 Edgeborough Close, Kentford, NEWMARKET, CB8 8QY|
|Web Sites:||Icknield Way Path|
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
|Paperback:||Icknield Way Path (Icknield Way Association - 2012)|
|Paperback:||Greater Ridgeway: A walk from Lyme Regis to Hunstanton (Cicerone Press - 2003)|
|Hardback:||Green Road Into The Trees (Preface Publishing - 2012)|
|Badge:||Badge for Icknield Way Path (Icknield Way Association)|
|Leaflet:||Ridgeway Link (Chilterns AONB - updated 2012)|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):|
|OS Landranger:||144, 153, 154, 155, 165, 166|
|OS Explorer:||181, 192, 193, 194, 195, 209, 210, 226, 229, 230|
|OS Explorer Active:||181, 192, 193, 194, 195, 209, 210, 226, 229, 230|
|GPS Exchange Format Route File:||Icknield Way Path GPX Exchange Format Route File||Login to Download
|MemoryMap Route file:||Icknield Way Path Memory Map Route File||Login to Download
|Tracklogs Route file:||Ickneild Way Path||Login to Download
|180.9 Km (112.4 miles)
2,000 m (6,562 ft) ascent
236 m (774 ft) maximum height