Ivinghoe Beacon to Knettishall Heath
a 110 mile walk along the oldest road in Britain

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Path Updates

Please let us know if you come across any problems when you are walking the Path so that we can warn future walkers and also, if necessary, amend the Guide.   Click here to report a problem.

Map 4 - Houghton Regis - Alternative route: Click here for the map

The Icknield Way path in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire (north of Dunstable) has some path closures to allow for building work. Central Bedfordshire Council recognise the potential problem for long distance walkers, so have ensured that the developers establish an alternative walkers route.  An alternative route has been created and is signed locally.  The attached map shows the closures and the alternative route.  When walking north on the Icknield Way you start the diversion at point Y and follow Y-Z-C-T-S-R, when walking south then follow R-S-T-C-Z-Y, where you re-join the path.  Please note that although this plan does not show it because it is a separate closure, BW49 is also currently closed.

Details of the closures are shown on the Central Bedfordshire website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/rights-of-way/temporary.aspx under Houghton Regis Footpath No 40, A7, 57, 16 and 4.  Separately Bridleway 49. 

These closure may continue for some years.  Although bridleway 49 should open early in 2019 and this will become a more direct alternative.  This will be updated with any changes if they occur.   Tom Chevalier 1st Oct 2018

Map 4 – Chalk Hill to Streatley A5-M1 link at A5120

The guide book references works which, at the time, were planned to commence from 2013 which has turned out to be optimistic. Delays have happened, such that work to build the M1-A5 link road started in 2015.

April 2017 - the bridge is now complete and the route usable and signed

New Path - Chalgrave

There has been a new length of definitive path dedicated in Chalgrave parish, Bedfordshire.  The path has been created specifically to assist IW path users.  Until now the path (Map 4) from Wingfield emerged onto the A5120 and then it was a nasty walk along the verge of the A5120 until a right turn towards Chalgrave church.  Now it is possible to cross straight over the A5120 – which still requires care – but a new public footpath has been created on the Chalgrave Manor golf course side of the hedge.  The new path emerges in the quiet lane leading to Chalgrave church.  These changes are already incorporated in the 6th Edition of the IW Guide.

Click here for a list of updates to the Guide for all versions of the 6th Edition

looking north

new bridge

looking south.