Images along the route from Pegsdon to Hexton then up to near Telegraph Hill then back down to Pegsdon.
This walk starts and finishes near to Pegsdon take the turning from the Barton Road into Pegsdon then take the first left, round the bend is a lay-by that allows parking for 3 to 4 cars also a couple of other spots are available along this road.
Walk away from the Hills then follow the minor road taking the junction to the left this soon turns into a lane. Pass the mill then make your way to Hexton. From Hexton follow the road out of the hamlet taking a right on the path up the hill. At the top of the hill head towards Telegraph Hill then back past the earthworks down to the Start of the Walk.
Highlights of this walk are the Old Mill (the noise of water flowing the ruin of the mill.)
Walking through Hexton and if open popping into the Raven pub.
Passing the site of the iron-age fort Ravensburgh on the hill nearby.
This is an iron age fort on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire border above the small hamlet of Hexton on the Chiltern between the Pegsdon and Barton hills, but as it is on private land you need permission of the landowner to visit, but it is the largest Iron Age Fort in the East of England. There is also thought that there could evidence of an even older settlement/ defensive site nearby on Wayting Hill but this has not been investigate in any real detail, but it is evident that this area has been used since Neolithic times.
A short walk before turning down the hill to the start will take you to the Tumulus at Telegraph Hill. Then down the hill near to the Nature Reserve notice board, Earthworks.
looking along the side of the hills it is evident that many terraces (strip lynchets) have been cut during times contemporaneous with the earthworks and the Tumulus.
I like to think that all the features in the area are related and one time linked.
I imagine that the features cut and added to the landscape were not as seen today as vegetation covered features then, but chalk covered additions to the landscape that would be visible for miles, to people approaching from the flat land to the north making an already imposing feature (Pegsdon Hills) a statement of power and/or identity.