Icknield Way

A self-guided walking holiday from Tring to Knettishall Heath through the Chilterns and Breckland.

9 nights
115 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £935 per person

Find out about the tour

About this route

Composed of interlocking prehistoric pathways, the oldest road in Britain predates even the Romans. The Icknield Way Path shadows this historic route along the very best of its trails, and traces the chalk spine of England between ancient monuments, barrows, and hill forts on its way from the Chiltern Hills to the Breckland.

The route hosts an array of historic villages, Anglo-Saxon earthworks, and the leafy Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. Expect an airshow on a sunny day, too: the Icknield Way wanders beneath the airspace of the London Gliding Club, and good weather is sure to fill the skies.

© Contours Walking Holidays Icknield Way map
Tring to Knettishall Heath
115 miles (184 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Looking out from Deacon Hill over green patchwork fields spreading out to the horizon on all sides.

Entering the outdoor halls of Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, where living bushes and trees form everything from the transept to the cloisters.

Walking the streets of historic towns like Royston, with its man-made cave and associations with the Knights Templar.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ICKWP1 From Aldbury to Thetford 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£935

Icknield Way Path 9 nights, 8 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Aldbury where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Aldbury to Chalk Hill(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Chalk Hill(T) to Streatley. 10 miles (16km)

Day 3

Streatley to Ickleford(T). 10 miles (16km)

Day 4

Ickleford(T) to Royston. 16 miles (26km)

Day 5

Royston to Linton. 18 miles (29km)

Day 6

Linton to Cheveley. 16 miles (26km)

Day 7

Cheveley to Icklingham(T). 14 miles (22km)

Day 8

Icklingham(T) to Thetford. 12 miles (19km)


Depart from Thetford after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Lone Walker on this trail, we can only provide prices on application. Please contact us for further details.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 9 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Royston sits directly upon the ancient path of the Icknield Way. A characterful town, it is home to King James? Palace, a large hunting lodge used annually by King James I, and Royston Cave. The village of Linton, meanwhile, offers Chilford Hall with its vineyards, Rivey Tower, and its own zoo.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 115 miles (184 km)
Duration: 9 nights, 8 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: ICKWP1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Aldbury
End of holiday: Thetford

Route Profile

Icknield Way Path Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are London-Luton, London Heathrow, Norwich and London Stansted.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Tring) and also at the end of the trail (Thetford/Knettishall Heath - 8 miles away from Knettishall Heath).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Tring and from Thetford/Knettishall Heath.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Tring.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Thetford to Tring.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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