- County: Bedfordshire
- Nearest Town(s): Hitchin
- AONB: Chilterns
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time: 20 minutes
- Height: 173 m
- Map: Landranger (166) Luton, Hertford, Hitchin & St Albans (OS Landranger Map)
In what is a relatively flat county, we’re pleased with any hill we can get our hands on. A quick scour of our local landranger map revealed a couple of promising looking trig points – Deacon Hill and Warden Hill.
Deacon Hill is a delightful short walk situated between Luton and Hitchin which offers wonderful views of surrounding Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Easily achievable in under an hour, and suitable for walkers of a range of abilities, it makes for a perfect evening outing if you’re in the area, or a quick stop on a journey somewhere more interesting.
Where to Park
For our walk-in, we parked up at the nearest car park, just north of the trig pillar we were aiming for. It’s a small gravel car park, and I imagine it could get busy with local dog walkers, so be considerate with your parking.
Take the byway out of the car park and walk until you reach the gates to the field on the right-hand side. The land is farmed, so make sure you stick to the right of way and keep any dogs on a close lead, especially during lambing season.
Walk directly up the hill in front of you (that’s Deacon Hill). There’s some convenient steps cut into it, although I imagine the hill itself could get slippery in wet conditions (we were lucky enough to visit on a dry, warm spring day). The hill is steep, but not too high, so manageable for most walkers.
When you reach the top, you’ll need to walk around the brow of the hill a little on the right-hand side. Keep an eye out of your left and you’ll soon find the trig pillar.
We followed the route back out to the car park the same way that we came in, but you could turn it into a more substantial walk by continuing down the by-way, even taking in the pillar at Warden Hill.
The View from the Pillar
The view from this trig pillar is surprisingly picturesque in good weather. You can see much of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, with views of the rolling farmlands of the home counties, spotted with the odd wind turbine.
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