Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Thursday 10th June,

Longer Walk   Ivinghoe Beacon, 8 walkers led by Ruth

We met at the carpark below Paul's Knob and headed past Incombe Hole to the top of Step's Hill, then picked our way North with good views of the windmill, Ivinghoe Village and Town Farm.

We crossed the road at the base of the beacon - no orchids at all! What has happened to them this year? We climbed up to the tumuli then to the trig point of the beacon where we had a short rest and water stop and admired the view.
We walked down Gallows Hill, through the dense conifer plantation of The Combe and up the many steps, stopping for a banana break at the top. Next, fields past Ringshall Woods and through the complex maze of paths and bridleways to the monument for lunch - where we bumped into Malcolm and Maureen! After a chat, we then returned to Paul's Knob: six ramblers had to climb its modest peak, and two had had quite enough and headed to the car park.


Those with GPS plotters argued about the distance. Two said 9 miles, two said 8, my piece of string voted 8 miles, but it was felt for morale's sake to go with 9 miles .... unlikely in 4.5 hours with three breaks!  

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