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Icknield Way name, stone axe symbol, and Ridgeway LinkIcknield Way Path - Ridgeway Link

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire

11 km / 7 miles
A linking route from the Chilterns Gateway Centre at Dunstable Downs to the start/finish of 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.

The Link includes the atmospheric Tree Cathedral, the edges of Whipsnade Wild Animal Park where animals such as wallabies and bison may be seen from the path, views of the Whipsnade White Lion, and Whipsnade and Dagnall villages where there are pubs.

The recent Chilterns Gateway Centre is at the highest point in Bedfordshire at 253 metres and offers good views across five counties.

Public transport details are in the leaflet. Other car parks en route can be used for shorter excursions. A multi-user short trail links the Chiltern Gateway Centre to Dunstable town centre.

The route was opened by Sir John Johnson of the Chilterns Conservation Board who was also LDWA President.


Waymark: Icknield Way name, stone axe symbol, and Ridgeway Link
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Icknield Way name, stone axe symbol, and Ridgeway Link
Attributes: Easy
Start: TL008198 - Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Dunstable, Bedfordshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SP960168 - Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 20 June 2007
Web Sites: LetsGo! - Icknield Way Ridgeway Link at Dunstable

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Ridgeway Link  (Chilterns AONB  - 2012 ) Download


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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 165, 166
OS Landranger Active 165, 166
OS Explorer 181
OS Explorer Active 181

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Route Profile:

12.1 km (7.5 miles)
220 m (722 ft) ascent
236 m (774 ft)  maximum height

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