Walks And Walking – Deacon Hill Hertfordshire Walking Route
The chalk downs in Hertfordshire offers excellent walking. This circular walking route includes a steep climb up to Deacon Hill for a wonderful 360 view of the chalk downs and then tracks around beautiful green lanes and field paths.
Here are some photos from the walk: Deacon Hill Photographs
We parked in the village of Pirton and popped Tedi in his child carrier before heading to St Marys Churchyard turning left in to Crabtree Lane followed by the Great Green by the Motte and Bailey pub where we crossed Hitchin Road on to Icknield Way. We climbed steadily between fields to pass Tingley Wood and then forked left to join the road where we turned right before turning left at a lay-by on to green lane still on Ickfield Way. At the gate we turned right to detour up to Deacon Hill and enjoyed the views and had a good look round, mainly to catch our breath and take some photos and a short video of the 360 degree views.
Walking back down to rejoin the path which continues down to Telegraph Hill where we took a very sharp left opposite the Telegraph Hill notice board by the waymarker on to a wide gravel path leading to open fields taking the second track on our left we headed in to woodland by the waymaker. This lead us out by Little Offley and through two buildings on to a track straight ahead and now heading towards Welbury House. We then turned left at the house and past the entrance to New Welbury Farm and Park View Stables going right at the waymaker which took us in to a copse.
We then crossed the stables yard to folow the path uphill to a kissing gate and then walked across the meadow to the road and continued straight before turning left at the belt of trees and then right at the Chiltern Way extension. We then crossed the field turning right after a gate in to pasture land with the sight of High Down House ahead. Following the natural path through another gate we turned left by the hedge and then right along another one back on to Hitchin Road.
All that was left was to cross Walnut Tree Road and turn left through the kissing gate in to more pasture land to walk diagonally right to the church and castle at Pirton some two and a half hours and nearly 7 miles later.