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A Chilterns walk from Hitchin

A moderate walk (countryside) in Hertfordshire, England, about 17.42km (10.82 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 138m (452ft)
Loss 141m (462ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Elevation (total) 279m (914ft)
Start & End
Hitchin
Distance 17.42km
(10.82mi)
Duration ~5:30
Difficulty  
Moderate
Created by Anonymous Walker on 17 Apr 2013
This route explores the super Chilterns scenery. It's known as the backyard of countryside-loving Londoners, being less than an hour from the capital, but the area is well worth a visit from further away for its pleasant countryside and village pubs.

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Waypoints

OS Grid TL184290
Take the bus or train to Hitchin. Or, if you live in Hitchin, walk to the town centre.
Hitchin Hill About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid TL182283
From the centre, take Park Street to Hitchin Hill, southwest of the town.
Charlton About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid TL176279
Head to the small village of Charlton, from where you can pick up the Chiltern Way.
Chiltern Way About 1.82 km (~1.13 miles) from
OS Grid TL159275
Follow the Chiltern Way southwest.
Great Offley About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
OS Grid TL145266
Continue through Great Offley. There is a pub here if it's beer o'clock. Only one, mind, there's a way to go yet.
Cross the A505 About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid TL135271
The Chiltern Way crosses the A505 and you soon leave the noisy road behind.
Lilley Hoo woods About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid TL124275
Worth visiting for the name alone. You need to leave the Chiltern Way to reach them.
Pegsdon About 2.68 km (~1.67 miles) from
OS Grid TL118301
Cross the Icknield Way Trail to reach the town of Pegsdon.
Tingley Wood About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid TL134306
Continue east to Tingley Wood.
Pirton About 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid TL148317
Then keep going on to Pirton...
River Oughton About 2.43 km (~1.51 miles) from
OS Grid TL171307
You soon reach the river on the outskirts of Hitchin.
Hitchin again About 1.76 km (~1.09 miles) from
OS Grid TL185297
There's no riverside route to the station, so return to the centre to catch your bus or train home.

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