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Social Walk: Ashridge and Ivinghoe Beacon

March 12 @ 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

It’s that time of year again where the weather doesn’t know what’s going on, so we’re heading off for a walk in the lovely Ashridge and maybe even the Ivinghoe Beacon.

It boasts some of the finest views in the Chiltern Hills and woodlands, chalk meadows. The bluebells may be out in the woods. Near the end we reach the timber-framed houses of postcard-worthy Aldbury and its pubs. The route climbs towards Ivinghoe Beacon, at one end of the Ridgeway, and loops back through the National Trust’s wooded Ashridge Estate with its ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows.

Please mark this spot for a day out with members and prospective members alike.

  • Date: Saturday 12th March
  • Time: The London Northwestern Service departs from Euston 10.33am and arrives at Tring station 11.16am. We will start from Tring station at a nice relaxed 11.30am.
  • Location: Ashridge and Ivinghoe Beacon
  • Length: 7.5 miles (12km) so around 3.5 hours plus the pub near the end.
  • Difficulty: Easy/moderate, some steep inclines.
  • Organiser: Alix
  • Contact: chair@themmc.org.uk – all requests will be forwarded to Alix.

Bring a snack or packed lunch and please be aware that the terrain can be extremely muddy in places. There are shortcut options and an extension up to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon so we can adapt the walk as best as we can as needed.

We’ll probably form two parties and the fastest party might be in the pub in Aldbury for a late lunch at 1.30ish. The leisurely party in time for an early afternoon tea! Please make sure to inform the MMC of your interest in the walk in advance to enable planning and pub booking.

If this is your first time meeting the club, please ensure you contact Marie, our membership secretary membership@themmc.org.uk.

For travel to walking routes, most of us usually travel by train from London or meet at the location.

Safety & Gear

This is a casual walking day out. Please ensure you bring relevant walking gear for the expected distance, weather, and terrain (i.e. comfortable walking boots, water resistant overalls, walking sticks for downhill walking). If you have any conditions you need to make the leader(s) aware of, please do so. Please also inform us of the location of personal medication in your packs in case of an emergency.

We have a kit list available to check against: https://themmc.org.uk/kit-lists/

If you are missing gear we may be able to assist or direct you to recommended reasonably priced items if you let us know in advance.

COVID-19

We support the use of and please do take a Lateral Flow Test pre-travel for the safety of the passengers and other attendees, and the vulnerable people they may live with. We also encourage attendees to test afterwards too and contact the Chair for any positive tests so they can inform the group and keep you anonymous: chair@themmc.org.uk

Please make sure to bring several masks with you. England, Wales, and Scotland all have slightly different rules regarding this. This will also help protect yourself and others you may live with.

Please remember to bring your own hand sanitiser, avoid sharing food and drink where possible, and wash your hands after being in contact with surfaces.

The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.

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Date:
March 12
Time:
11:30 am - 6:30 pm
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