Old Warden Circular

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Location

– Old Warden, Ickwell and Northill

Distance

– 9 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website

Time Taken

– about 4 1/2 hours

Great For-

Reasonably Fit Walkers– One of our longer walks, although fairly flat throughout
Picturesque Cottages and Villages– the walk goes through three of the Greensand Country’s prettiest estate villages with lots of other fascinating buildings on the way

A Railway Ramble from Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands

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Location

– Starts at Bow Brickhill station and finishes at Woburn Sands station

Distance

– 4 1/2 miles, including the big loop on the map

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– 3 1/2 hrs including a stop for lunch

Great For-

A Car Free Day Out– The walk starts and finishes on the Marston Vale line, easily accessed from either Bedford station (we started at St Johns) and with one change from Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard

Landscape & History- lots of things to look for in the woodlands including an Iron Age Hill fort and ancient parish boundaries marked by huge trees and banks

Navigators– It’d be hard to get completely lost in the woods as they aren’t that big but easy to get turned around and paths aren’t well waymarked so OS map 192 is handy!

A Short Walk at Sandy Smith

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Location

– Sandy Smith and Chicksands

Distance

– 2 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– about 1 hour

Great For-

Military History- Passes through the site of the Chicksands ‘Elephant Cage’ antenna

Wildlife– some nice birds of prey over the Sandy Smith reserve. Lots of wildflowers if you do this walk in the spring.

Tree Tunnels at Ampthill

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Location

– Around Ampthill

Distance

– 3 1/2 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– about 2 hours

Great For-

Town and Country- Gorgeous country cottages and Georgian architecture in Ampthill

Parks and Playground- Lots of safe open space in the park and a playground for the kids

Heaths and Meadows at Maulden

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Location

– Maulden village to Maulden Woods

Distance

– 3 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– about 3 hours, although I spent a lot of time taking detours. Could easily do this in 2 hours of steady walking

Great For-

Views- Another top of the ridge walk with great views off to the Chilterns, lots of lovely open meadows and fields throughout the walk

Heathland- A chance to see some of the work that goes into restoring a heather heathland, and how it looks mid-restoration

Reptiles at Rammamere

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Location

– Rammamere Heath from Stockgrove Country Park

Distance

– 2 1/2 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– about 2 hours

Great For-

Wildlife- A wander through some stunning heather heathland, and a hot spot for lizards

Heights of Houghton House

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Location

– Houghton House, near Ampthill

Distance

– 3 1/2 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– about 2 1/2 hours

Great For-

Views– This is one of the highest points on the Greensand Ridge with amazing views into Greensand Country and north over Marston Vale
History– The walk starts at the ruins of Houghton House
Wildlife- Lots of wildflower meadows, butterflies and dragonflies

Shuttleworth’s Swiss Garden

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Location

– Shuttleworth Collection, near Old Warden

Distance

– around 1 1/2 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– about 2 hours gentle walking with stops for photographs

Great For-

Families– Easy walking, lots to see in a short walk, family activity trails and quizzes as well
Gardeners– Wonderful restored Victorian gardens with follies, rockeries, beds and borders and a fern grotto
Artists- Sculpture trail, art exhibitions in some of the buildings

Woburn Adventure

Written by Diana Spencer on . Posted in Walk Of The Week

 

Location

– Woburn to Milton Bryan

Distance

– 6.5 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website.

Time Taken

– 3 1/2-4 hours

Great For-

History– walking through historic parkland with views of Woburn Abbey and Milton Bryan church
Orienteerers- some of the longer walk requires a good map and a bit of confidence that you’re going the right way!

Kingfishers on the Kingfisher Way

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Location

– Sandy, the Ivel river and the Riddy nature reserve

Distance

– About 2 miles (out and back so can make the walk as long or short as you want)

Time Taken

– 1 1/2 hours (again, you can turn back whenever you like for a longer/shorter walk)

Great For-

Wildlife– Kingfishers and dragonflies, the Riddy has otter and water vole although I didn’t see either this time round!
Families– Mostly level, surfaced, off-road path and starting from a town centre with lots of facilities so ideal for a short family stroll
Long Distance– This is a just a short walk but connects to three long distance trails- the Kingfisher Way route from Baldock to the Ouse, The circular North Beds Heritage Trail and the Greensand Ridge Walk

Good for Kids?

– Yes. Some unfenced open water, one road to cross on a zebra crossing)

Good for Dogs?

– Yes. Some unfenced open water, may be cattle or sheep grazing in the Riddy

Admission/Parking Charges

– Free parking available in Sandy Town Centre

Café/Toilets

– Plenty of cafes in Sandy town centre, free public toilets next to the car park (although there were no opening times posted for these so no sure when/if they close at night)

Footwear/Clothing

– Mostly tarmac so any comfy shoes will be fine

Accessibility

– Step-free, level tarmac option up to and just into the Riddy nature reserve, then  rough grass paths (you can walk further along the tarmac towards the meadows). Ivel Road is slightly up/down hill.

Alternatives

– Out and back on the same route so you can turn back whenever you like, or continue further along the Kingfisher Way along the river bank

How To Get There

– I started from the free car park in Sandy Town Centre. From the A1 drive past the market place and look for the raised red and white barriers on the left just before the church. You can also take the train into Sandy, walk towards town from Sandy station and then turn left into Ivel Road to meet the walk. Plenty of bus routes into Sandy from Bedford, Biggleswade and St Neots. Try Traveline South East for details/times.

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