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Crossing six counties, the Icknield Way Trail is a 170 mile (274 km) route linking the Peddars Way National Trail in Suffolk with the Ridgeway National Trail in Buckinghamshire, which in turn links with the Wessex Ridgeway.

The Icknield Way has been a recognised regional route for walkers since 1992.  In 2004 it was further developed into a multi-use route so that most of the route is also available for horse riders and off-road cyclists providing a complete walking and riding link between the two National Trails.

Latest News

Oct 2018 Temporary closure of Houghton Regis, Thorn turn BW49 in Bedfordshire Extended to early 2019.  No access for equestrians and cyclists may use A505 & A5, although Thorn road is also now closed

Jul 2017 Disappointing progress on upgrade to bridleway beside railway in Bedfordshire

The Icknield Way Trail passes along an ancient chalk ridge but there is a variety of landscapes to view including flat fenland and rolling chalk downland, as well as picturesque villages and ancient beech woodland.

Despite the riders largely remaining on the paved road rather than the ‘off road’ route promoted by this site, this cycling video illustrates the impressively varied scenery along the “greater Icknield Way”


The southern part of the Icknield Way Trail passes through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Further details on a promotional leaflet which was updated in the summer of 2012.

Wherever possible the Icknield Way Trail follows the walkers route, the Icknield Way path, but diverges at several locations to ensure the Icknield Way Trail follows bridleways, byways and where necessary roads.  Whereas walkers can pass over footpaths and therefore can access more direct and/or scenic routes.

The OS maps are a little confused and may show both the Icknield Way Trail and the Icknield Way path without distinguishing them.  Both routes are described as the Icknield Way Trail.  Always worth using a current OS map to identify the route.

There are some sections which are still under development - and may be for some years - these are highlighted on the relevant route page


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