Sunday, 11 May 2008

The Ridgeway

Wendover → Ivinghoe Beacon


Distance: 11.9 miles
Ascent: 263 metres
Duration: 4 hours

The end
« Not walked | Not walked »

Nature did its best to prevent our completion of this walk today but we battled on regardless.

Shortly after leaving Wendover the Trail enters Barn Wood where we soon lost sight of the familiar acorn sign-posts, heading too far uphill trying to find the sweeping path our guide book referred to. We picked up the path again a few hundred metres further on, but it wasn't a good start to the day.

It was only once out of the wood that we realised how blisteringly hot the day was becoming. Thus the pattern for the walk was set: shelter and sunburn in equal measures.

Ivinghoe Beacon felt like a disappointment in some ways. It's clearly a well-loved open space, but other than the end-of-trail notice board it didn't feel like a destination. (Maybe I'm just bitter that we couldn't find the much anticipated ice-cream van.)

We sat for half an hour enjoying the view before making our way down through the meadow to the bus stop below.

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