A route across ancient tracks, beautiful downland and offering stunning views of one of the UK’s “Hidden Gem”, the iconic Pitstone Windmill.
Difficulty: Moderate / Time 2 hours / Distance 4 miles
Nestled within the Ashridge Estate in the Chiltern countryside, Pitstone Windmill was recently voted as one of the UK’s favourite beauty spots.
Begin the trail at Pitstone Hill car park. Head across the road and through a gate to join the famous Ridgeway, a route used since prehistoric times by travellers. The Ridgeway follows the fence on the right before climbing up to Steps Hill. Continue to join another road, turn left and follow a path which takes you to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon, offering expansive views of the Chilterns and the 300 year old Pitstone Windmill, a rare example of an early post mill.
Follow the ridge which then drops into a valley, and bears right up towards a road. Follow a footpath to the left which runs by the road. From this, walk through a car park and take a track on the right at the far end of the car park. This track takes you into Ashridge woodland, where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the local deer. When the track begins to climb, bear right onto a path which will take you back to the Ridgeway and your starting point.