© Icknield Way Association 2012

The Icknield Way Path runs from the end of the Ridgeway Path at Ivinghoe Beacon, near Tring, to the start of the Peddar's Way at Knettishall Heath, near Thetford, for 110 miles (177 km), split into eight suggested day walks.

The route 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. The Icknield Way Association has aimed to find the most pleasant route for walking, as close as possible to the general line of the ancient icknield Way.

Since the first edition of the Icknield Way Guide was published in 1984, towns such as Luton and Hitchin have expanded their suburbs. Subsequent editions of the Guide have been  based on experience gained over the years with substantial changes to the route near the start from Dunstable to Letchworth, to keep it generally in the open countryside.

The Association hopes that you will find much of interest and intrigue in this unexpectedly attractive lowland route along this part of the ‘Great Chalk Way'. Detailed route descriptions and clear maps are supplemented with notes on the geology, geomorphology, archaeology, flora and bird life, with backup information on public transport in the area.

Two alternative routes allow a visit to the interesting village of Toddington, and a final destination at Thetford.

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North Herts Archaeological Society Meeting:
Tuesday 23rd September: 'Excavations in the 1960s and 1970s by the late James Dyer at the Iron Age Hillfort of Ravensburgh Castle, Hexton, Hertfordshire'. A lecture to be given by Dr. Ian Brown, University of Oxford, who is publishing the final report on James's excavations and is currently conducting a new survey and investigation. Letchworth Free Church main hall, Gernon Road/Norton Way South, 8pm.

James was a member of the Icknield Way Association and Vice-President of the North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society from its beginning in 1960. He directed the 1964 excavation season at Ravensburgh jointly with the late Dr. John Moss-Eccardt, our Society's founder and former President. James died last year at the age of 80.

AGM Talk
The talk ‘Edward Thomas’ given at the 2013 AGM by Richard Emeny can be read here

Icknield Way Film
Click here to download ‘The Icknield Way: a Journey’ a film by Luisetta Mudie, first shown at our 2012 AGM (price shown is US$ but can be paid in Sterling.
The Oldest Road in Britain
The Icknield Way is unique among long distance tracks because it can claim to be "the oldest road in Britain". Extending from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Norfolk, it consists of prehistoric pathways, ancient when the Romans came. Dotted with archaeological remains, it survives as splendid tracks and green lanes along the chalk "spine" of England. The Icknield Way Association looks after the interests of the route as a whole, monitoring any actions that may threaten its integrity and urging improvements to the route for walkers.