© Icknield Way Association 2012

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.

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.

Your Photos
If there are any photos you would like added to the site please email them to webmaster@icknieldwaypath.co.uk

Professor Thurstan Shaw:
Following the death last year of Professor Thurstan Shaw, the Association’s founder and Chairman for many years,  a Memorial was held at  Sidney Sussex, Cambridge in May.  Here are links to contributions made at the Memorial.
The Nigerian Television film is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvRwiUVhFsM&feature=youtu.be
Susan McIntosh's talk in Thurstan's honour is here: http://upload.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1731634
For photos of the event http://our-event.org/UNI/Shaw

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 the Dorset coast to Norfolk, the ancient route of the Icknield Way consists of prehistoric pathways, old 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 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.