Wilbury Hill to Sharpenhoe Clappers
Walking through the landscape of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire near the border between the counties along the Icknield Way. The links will take you to sections about Landscape and Flora, the History and Mythology all tied together through walks along the Icknield Way in this area.
Forts, Barrows and Earthworks and more along or near the Icknield Way
Walking along the ancient track that is the Icknield way between Letchworth and Luton you will come across many features of occupation through the ages from Neolithic times to the present. You will see, once you set your eye you will see stip lynches, earthworks, barrows, forts dating to the late bronze and iron age, Roman Camps, and a middle age Motte and Bailey castle that is as well as the settlements of Letchworth, Hitchin, Ickleford, Pirton, Pegsdon, Hexton, Luton Streatley and Sharpenhoe stretching back into antiquity.
There are several Barrows and Earthworks along the Icknield Way between Wilbury Hill and Shappenhoe. There are 3 Iron Age Forts at least one, maybe even earlier, and much more later structures, such as a Motte and Bailey castle and settlements from prehistory up to the present day.
Several sites in the area include the following
- Wilbury Hill Fort
- Nearby Knocking Hoe Nature reserve
- Pegsdon Hills
- Galley Hill
- Sharpenhoe Clappers
Romans in the Area
There is evidence of Roman occupation along the Icknield Way:
- Roman encampment, on Wilbury Hill,
- on the earthworks near Telegraph Hill there was evidence of a broach
- at nearby Ravensburgh Castle it is though that Ravensburgh was repurposed during the roman occupation as a military site.
- South of Hitchin at Purwell there is the location of a Roman Villa, where coins and pottery shards were found.
- When walking along near Pegsdon there is also evidence of roman occupation north of Knocking Knoll.
This route follow the Icknield Way, I do take a bit of a detour from the trail at Pirton and along the the ridge of the Pegsdon Hills, apart from those two differences the route follows the Icknield Way.