We started off at Hitchin – a picturesque town with a medieval layout and traditional cobbled streets. From there, we proceeded towards Oughtonhead Common – a tranquil nature reserve home to numerous bird species, a little stream and a small waterfall.
Continuing on the Icknield Way Trail, we reached the ancient village of Pirton, known for its medieval architecture and we pass High Down House – a stunning Grade I listed building. Through shady woods and lush rolling hills we reached the Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit Nature Reserve. Considered one of the jewels of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – this nature reserve boasts one of the finest views in the county.
Our way back is through the Icknield Way. We descended in the valley near Little Offley, walking through woods and small hamlets and joined the Chiltern Way that took us to Great Offley. Great Offley lies on the top of a chalk escarpment ridge and boasts interesting historic buildings including Offley Place. We leave the village to go south towards the rolling hills near West Wood and Pinnacle Hill, and start making our way back into Hitchin going along the lovely River Purwell.