Ivinghoe Beacon and Bridgewater Monument


Back in May we (Mum, Dad, and I) did a circular walk from Tring station. The walk took us along the Ridgeway long-distance path to Ivinghoe Beacon, which is a really tall hill with views around, and then back through some of the surrounding countryside.


As you'd expect, the Ridgeway generally runs along the top of the ridge. It was very windy and got more so as we climbed higher. The first part ran along the edge of some woods, with views out to one side including over a disused gravel pit.

A stile we didn't cross.
1/250 at f8, 19mm, ISO200 51°48′49″N 0°37′17″W
View over the quarry workings with the artificial lake in the distance. I like the water colour.
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Shack by the lake.
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More of the lake. Looks like a tropical beach or something (but probably only from this distance).
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Then we climbed through some rather lumpy hills toward the Beacon.

A minimalist hedge?
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Looking downhill (1).
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Looking downhill (2).
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The view from the Beacon was pretty impressive, providing you can hold onto your hat.

Telephoto view looking past cloud shadow toward Milton Keynes (note giant slug at mid right on horizon).
1/3000 at f6.7, 250mm, ISO400 51°50′31″N 0°36′30″W
Wide-angle view in a different direction.
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Returning the way we'd come.
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Bluebell woods

The rest of our walk went through a number of woodland areas, many of which were well-supplied with bluebells.

From steps to a farm at the hilltop.
1/180 at f8, 10mm, ISO200 51°49′44″N 0°35′24″W
Bluebell wood 1. (This wasn't on the planned walk route; we got lost, but it was quite nice anyway.)
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Bluebell wood 2.
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Bridgewater Monument

Our route next took us to the Bridgewater Monument, which is a tower built in memory of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. He's the guy who commissioned the imaginatively-named Bridgewater Canal (the first British canal). Anyway, we had managed to pick a day on which the tower was actually open to the public, so we were able to climb the rather long spiral staircase and see the view from the top.

Bridgewater Monument from ground level. It is quite tall.
1/1500 at f6.7, 20mm, ISO200 51°48′30″N 0°35′39″W
Wide-angle view from top of tower. Somebody's missing a trick by not painting sundial markings on the ground.
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Looking dooooooown at the base.
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Finally we passed through the village of Aldbury, which was having its village fair that day (again, this was a lucky coincidence). We ate some cakes and I bought a jar of local (ish) honey which was nice. We also took a look around the church.

1/8 at f4, 14mm, ISO400 51°48′23″N 0°36′48″W
Nice metal bench.
1/350 at f8, 19mm, ISO200 51°48′9″N 0°36′15″W

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