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Ivinghoe Beacon is a prominent hill and landmark in the Chiltern Hills, standing 233 m (757 ft) above sea level.[1] It is situated close to the village of Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire, the Ashridge Estate, and the villages of Aldbury and Little Gaddesden in Hertfordshire and is managed and owned by the National Trust. Ivinghoe Beacon is part of the Ivinghoe Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest.[2][3] It lies between the towns of Dunstable in Bedfordshire, and Berkhamsted and Tring in Hertfordshire. It is the starting point of the Icknield Way to the east, and the Ridgeway long-distance path to the west.

Ivinghoe Beacon
Ivinghoe Beacon seen from The Ridgeway.jpg
Ivinghoe Beacon, looking north from the Ridgeway
Highest point
Elevation233 m (764 ft)
Coordinates51°50′31″N 0°36′21″W / 51.841985°N 0.605755°W / 51.841985; -0.605755Coordinates: 51°50′31″N 0°36′21″W / 51.841985°N 0.605755°W / 51.841985; -0.605755
Geography
Ivinghoe Beacon is located in Buckinghamshire
Ivinghoe Beacon
Ivinghoe Beacon
Ivinghoe Beacon shown within Buckinghamshire
LocationIvinghoe
OS gridSP961168

The hill is an ancient signal point, which was used in times of crisis to send messages across long distances. It is also the site of an early Iron Age hill fort.

Ivinghoe Beacon is a popular spot for walkers and sightseers. Model aircraft enthusiasts once used lift generated by the wind blowing up the hill – a technique known as slope soaring. This activity is currently banned at the Beacon due to accidents.

Ivinghoe Beacon's appearance of remoteness, yet relative proximity to the film studios at Elstree, meant that it was a favoured location for many dramas, especially those produced by ITC in the 1960s. It was used as a filming location in the Harry Potter and Star Wars series.

The beacon has a memorial on top of it.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://benchmarks.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/pls/htmldb/f?p=111:12:6255072357299077241::NO::P12_TRIG_STATION_ID:14576
  2. ^ "Ivinghoe Hills citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Map of Ivinghow Hills". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 September 2015.

External linksEdit

 
Flying model gliders at Ivinghoe Beacon
 
A full-circle panoramic view from Ivinghoe Beacon