Sundon Hills and Sharpenhoe Clappers

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The views on this walk are superb looking north over the plain which centuries ago was covered by the great ice sheet. From the start you have an excellent view of Sharpenhoe Clappers and when at the Clappers, fine views of the hills you will have walked across.

Much of the land is now maintained by the National Trust and there are many paths.

One path is the Bunyan Trail, of which we will walk part. This was named after John Bunyan who was from Bedford and was also imprisoned in that town, at which time he wrote the 'Pilgrim's Progress'. See more on this web site: http://www.beds.co.uk/town/bunyan.htm

You will also walk over the site of the ancient hill-fort of Sharpenhoe Clappers, see: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=1477 and http://www.chilternsaonb.org/site_details.asp?siteID=115 (to view these sites use 'copy' and 'paste' to transfer them to your browser).

Sharpenhoe has 'hoe' in the name because it is a promontory out from the Chilterns into the plain. In very ancient times it was into the ice. There are two other walks nearby which are also 'hoes' and had hill-forts: Ivinghoe Beacon and the Ashridge Estate, Walk 3450 and Totternhoe Castle mound and Maiden Bower, Walk 3587.

England - Central England - Bedfordshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Woodland
11/01/2015 - Fiona Beckwith

Jan 2015 - walked this circular walk today and found it very enjoyable. Much of the walk was on bridleways, but if you wear appropriate footwear the paths are passable albeit with heavy going. Recommend choosing a dry period.

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