The Chiltern Hills connects Bedfordshire to Oxfordshire, and it’s easy to see why this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been inspiring us for centuries. I have so many memories of visiting the Beacon throughout my life. In my little part of the world there’s not that many places that I can honestly say will always offer you a spectacular view of the sunset (we don’t have high enough vantage points) but this is definitely one of them.
A large car park at the start of the walking trail can usually be found stocked with an ice cream van in the better weather, but all other facilities are best found further up the road in the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate visitor centre. I recommend a ramble on the ridgeway, which signage will refer to as Beacon Walk. You have a steep climb ahead of you up the hill but you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over the countryside.
Gliders and hot air balloons love this stretch of open sky, and you’ll have plenty of company from Red Kites – but people will be few and far between. Stay for a romantic sunset and watch as the fiery red ball descends over the horizon. Don’t forget extra layers no matter how mild the day is, plus a good torch for getting back to the car – it will get cold and it is pitch black making it equally ideal for stargazing.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot for a scenic stroll, a remote romantic picnic or a sunset to remember, Ivinghoe Beacon awaits.