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Icknield Way

Icknield WayThe Icknield Way is unique among long distance tracks because it can claim to be 'the oldest road in Britain'. It consists of prehistoric pathways, ancient when the Romans came and is dotted with archaeological remains. It survives today in splendid tracks and green lanes along the chalk spine of southern England. The route begins at Ivinghoe Beacon, where it links with the Ridgeway National Trail and ends at Knettishall Heath where it connects to the Peddars Way National Trail.

The Icknield Way Path takes the walker over some delightful country, including the Chilterns and Breckland, often with striking panoramic views, through some charming villages and along miles of beautiful 'green lanes'.

In the guide book the Icknield Way Association suggests an eight day itinery for completing the Path with daily sections varying in length from 10 to 18 miles. Overnight locations are Chalk Hill (on A5); Streatley; Ickleford; Royston; Linton; Cheveley; Icklingham; Knettishall Heath. If you require a free accommodation list for this route please email walks@walkingpages.co.uk

The Icknield Way Association has promoted this walkers' route for over 20 years. In 1992 they were successful in getting the path designated as a Recreational Route which led to it being signed and waymarked. If you wish to know more about the Icknield Way Association and their work visit the website www.icknieldwaypath.co.uk



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Start: Ivinghoe Beacon

Grid Ref: SP 960168

End: Knettishall Heath

Grid Ref: TL 944807

Distance: 165 km

Walking Time: 8 days

Counties Traversed

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Icknield Way

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