- County: Bedfordshire
- Nearest Town(s): Luton
- AONB: Chilterns
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time: 25 minutes
- Height: 195 m
- Map: Landranger (166) Luton, Hertford, Hitchin & St Albans (OS Landranger Map)*
Warden Hill was our second local trig, which we bagged on the same day as Deacon Hill. Of the two, I’d still say that Deacon Hill was the more picturesque of the two, but Warden Hill still has it’s charms.
In fact, Warden Hill is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its collection of rare plants, wild flowers and more than 20 species of butterflies.
Instead of walking between the two, we drove round to Warden Hill, parking at the bottom. If you had more time, there’s a promising looking walk between the two, taking in part of the 110-mile Icknield Way and agricultural land over Lilley Hoo.
From the car park, take the gate through to the pleasant open green space. You’ll see Warden Hill rising above you. It looks steep, but we’re only talking 75 metres of elevation from where you’ve started.
When you reach the top of the hill, you’ll notice Bronze Age barrows carved into the hill – one of these were used for public executions in the Middle Ages so have something of a gory past.
Turn left and walk alongside agricultural land. The trig point itself is just within the field. The fencing changes from wire to wood for a metre level with the trig point, and there is a short, well-trodden path to the point.
We did enter the field to visit the trig point, but of course, be respectful of the farm property – stick to the path, don’t bring your dogs into this section, and only enter if it is safe to do so.
Continue your walk along the path and turn left down the hill at the corner of the field. Keep an eye out for the Iron Age linear earthworks, Dray’s Ditches.
Where to Park
For our walk-in, we parked at the tarmac car park at the bottom of the hill, behind the school and residential areas. There are about 10 spaces, some of which are designated disabled spaces. In busy times you could find parking on the road, but be considerate of residents.
The View from the Pillar
Warden Hill is certainly a high point in the area, so the view is good. From the Bronze Age barrows you can see the sprawling vastness that is Luton – but if you’re looking to indulge in a little plane spotting, there are better spots.
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