Ridgeway Day 6


Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon

October 2011

On the farm, the crops are planted and so we packed our rucksacks and took off for a couple of days to walk. We parked in Wendover on a bright but windy October morning and joined the Ridgeway in the town centre, following it out of the houses along a small stream into the woods. It was windy all day but we were fairly sheltered as we spent most of the time walking through woods that were looking very autumnal with leaves changing colours.

As we neared Ivinghoe Beacon we walked down the hill and across a car park. Suddenly there were lots of people – couples romantically walking hand in hand, dog walkers

and their dogs and people pushing children in pushchairs. This was probably the most people we’d seen on the Ridgeway. We walked up the Beacon to a nondescript trig point and there we were at the end of the Ridgeway. Actually it was a bit of an anticlimax standing in the middle of nowhere but that often seems to be the case at the end of a Trail.

But of course the end of the Ridgeway is the start of The Icknield Way, so we walked back down and off towards Whipsnade. We were sheltered by the wind and it was a relaxing walk to Dagnall and then across the golf course. Why is it that every walk crosses a golf course?

We then followed the zoo fencing for ages and cross a lane to Whipsnade Tree Cathedral where grassy avenues and trees form an open air cathedral.