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Short walks (up to 3 miles)
Social-distance friendly

Pegsdon and Deacon Hills

SD_Pegsdon_HillsA 3.5 mile walk in the beautiful rolling chalk downland of the northern Chilterns. Starting from Pegsdon, climb steadily into the Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve where you can see rare chalkland plants and butterflies. From the top you can enjoy some of the best views in the North Chilterns. Visit Deacon Hill with its ancient earthworks then walk along the edge of a mature beech wood before emerging above Knocking Hoe reserve.

This is one of a series of social-distancing friendly walks avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths. It avoids narrow footpaths wherever possible, but please be aware that there are some short sections of narrow footpath where this is unavoidable. Vegetation also narrows the paths at this time of year, especially where there is a back-log of footpath clearance due to Covid-19.  This is a joint venture between the Chilterns Conservation Board and Chiltern Society and all the walks have been submitted by volunteers. Please note that pubs, cafes, visitor attractions and facilities (including public toilets) might not be open as usual and some will require pre-booking. Please check before setting out. Please remember to follow  the Countryside Code


An old road west of Pegsdon SG5 3JS TL118301


Download the pdf map and route description (or Map only here)


The Pegsdon Hills are just a few miles from the attractive market town of Hitchin. The compact town centre has a pretty river frontage and streets full of historic interest radiating out from the parish church. There are some well established independent shops amongst the high street names and the traditional open market is the largest in the Home Counties.


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