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Walking A short walk from Haynes ( Download : )
distance 6.94mi Vertical gain +200ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Haynes - Bedfordshire

Only a short distance from Bedford, this is really a delightful rural ramble in the home country of John Bunyan, starting on open uplands, descending to the plain surrounding Bedford and finishing through a stretch of woodland reserve. (The latter only in spring through autumn; in winter a longer alternative must be taken.) There is opportunity for refreshment near the end of the walk. It could be combined with walk 1130.

Ampthill and central Bedfordshire
distance 8.35mi Vertical gain +446ft Vertical drop -417ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ampthill - Bedfordshire

Starting near the site of Catherine of Aragon's house arrest and venturing into the surrounding areas. You'll see some lovely rolling countryside with views to the Chilterns and across Marston Vale to Bedford. The walk takes in a variety of environments : farmland, woods, an ancient meadow, parkland with Capability Brown landscaping, the ruins of a Jacobean/Classical mansion and memorials to Catherine of Aragon and the men of the Bedfordshire regiment who trained in the park and died in WW1.

Walking Hill walking from Hexton ( Download : )
distance 11.76mi Vertical gain +610ft Vertical drop -623ft Durée 5h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

The northern end of the Chilterns almost seem to be a geological afterthought as they straddle the Bedfordshire Hertfordshire border. Starting from Hexton this walk offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history.

distance 11mi Vertical gain +525ft Vertical drop -538ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire offers mile after mile of beautiful countryside with the hilltops steeped in ancient history. The route includes sections of the Icknield and John Bunyan Ways.

distance 11.54mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -177ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This is a thoroughly enjoyable walk with lots of variety, all on the more elevated parts of Bedfordshire. The fields are open so there are plenty of views, but there are stretches of woodland, three interesting villages and plenty of wildlife. It is no more than a guess, but I would think keen bird watchers might find it worthwhile to tote field glasses. At worst it will give them a closer look at the aerobatics over Biggleswade airfield.

distance 4.98mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -417ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hexton - Hertfordshire

Starting from Hexton this walk on the borders of Befordshire and Hertfordshire includes the attractive downland between Telegraph and Deacon Hills and a section of the Icknield Way.

End of the Chilterns : Pegsdon Hills & Little Offley
distance 9.5mi Vertical gain +758ft Vertical drop -741ft Durée 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Shillington - Bedfordshire

This is a surprisingly hilly walk for this general area, being the northern end of the Chilterns AONB, mostly through rolling farmland, with some wonderful views across the flatlands of south Bedfordshire to the north, especially if the air is clear. Most of it is along the edges of/through fields, along grass & hard-surfaced paths & tracks. There are two tree-covered 'alleys'. It passes a large late-Tudor manor house. You will walk part of the Icknield Way & visit Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve.

Walking Pegsdon and Deacon Hills ( Download : )
Pegsdon and Deacon Hills
distance 3.27mi Vertical gain +325ft Vertical drop -338ft Durée 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Shillington - Bedfordshire

A circuit from Pegsdon, through the Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve to Deacon Hill with its ancient earthworks. Return past a mature beech wood and Knocking Hoe reserve.

distance 11.89mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 5h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This is a pleasant walk through the Bedfordshire countryside with a variety of scenery and some interesting points of interest along the way.

Walking Woodlands Park Walk ( Download : )
distance 4.73mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -121ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brickhill - Bedfordshire

Country walk with a halfway treat. Pass through open countryside alongside streams and through woods.
Finish up with a pub lunch or refreshing drink at the Pheasant pub.

distance 7.36mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -272ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sandy - Bedfordshire

This walk takes in a variety of the landscapes of Central Bedfordshire: heathland, woods, meadows, arable land and even a short stretch of market gardening. It starts and finishes in the RPSB nature reserve. Lunch time refreshment is available at the Thornton Arms in Everton.

distance 7.95mi Vertical gain +272ft Vertical drop -253ft Durée 3h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Woburn - Bedfordshire

This fairly level Bedfordshire walk starts from Woburn and passes through the extensive grounds of Woburn Abbey to reach Eversholt. The return route includes a further section of walking through the Abbey's parkland.

distance 9.54mi Vertical gain +262ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Woburn - Bedfordshire

A fairly level Bedfordshire walk starts from Woburn and passes through the extensive grounds of Woburn Abbey to reach Eversholt. The return route includes the opportunity to have lunch in Milton Bryan and a further section of walking through the Abbey's extensive parkland.

Walking The Ouzel Valley Park ( Download : )
distance 2.94mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Old Woughton - Milton Keynes

This is a circular walk, along footpaths, red ways and a canal towpath. The walking is easy and accessible year round. It is wheelchair friendly, although there is one incline at the beginning of the trail which could present problems for some manual wheelchair users.

distance 5.42mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Old Woughton - Milton Keynes

This is a reasonably flat walk, much of it beside water (river, canal and lake).

distance 5.85mi Vertical gain +92ft Vertical drop -89ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Old Woughton - Milton Keynes

A fairly easy walk from Ye Olde Swan at Woughton on the Green that follows the Grand Union Canal to Campbell Park, returning via Woolstone. All on surfaced paths.

distance 6.86mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -262ft Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in St. Paul's Walden - Hertfordshire

This Hertfordshire walk mainly uses old green lanes to go through a varied landscape of fields, woods and hedgerows to arrive at the Holt and then by footpaths to Cuckolds Cross. After that there is a section of larger arable fields where you join the Hertfordshire Way to reach Whitwell, an expanded village with an interesting older centre. The final leg passes through a rare breeds farm and The Bury, birthplace of the late Queen Mother.

distance 4.64mi Vertical gain +148ft Vertical drop -148ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Campbell Park - Milton Keynes

The walk starts at the car park for the Tree Cathedral on Livingstone Drive, Newlands - close to Gulliver's Theme Park and the David Lloyd Sports Centre.

distance 6.39mi Vertical gain +102ft Vertical drop -102ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Linford - Milton Keynes

This walk starts and ends at Willen Local Centre (parking). You travel northwards to Tongwell Lake, then westwards to the Grand Union Canal at Giffard Park. Much of the route is southwards alongside the canal until reaching Campbell Park. The route continues southwards beside the canal, leaving the Canal Broadwalk to enter Woolstone in the direction of The Barge pub. It then continues towards the River Ouzel, turning northwards towards Willen Lake and from there back to Willen Local Centre.

distance 5.26mi Vertical gain +46ft Vertical drop -46ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Linford - Milton Keynes

A fairly flat route that follows a former railway line, the Grand Union Canal and passes through Stanton Low and Linford Manor Park.

Great Gaddesden from Jockey End
distance 5.13mi Vertical gain +226ft Vertical drop -240ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This short Hertfordshire walk explores the pleasant countryside to the south east of Jockey End and follows the Hertfordshire Way to descend into the Gade Valley and the village of Great Gaddesden. The return route leaves the valley following the Chiltern Way for the return to the start.

Walking Grafham Water to Over ( Download : )
distance 21.4mi Vertical gain +39ft Vertical drop -154ft Durée 9h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Grafham - Cambridgeshire

Walk from Grafham Water Visitor Centre to Over, visiting Brampton, Godmanchester, Houghton, Hemingford Abbots, Hemingford Grey and St. Ives.

Walking The Holly Bush - Route 2 ( Download : )
distance 1.97mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Easy level walking and solid underfoot throughout.

Walking The Holly Brush - Route 1 ( Download : )
distance 4.89mi Vertical gain +115ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Easy walking with some mild hill climbs and busy road.

Walking The Holly Brush - Route 3 ( Download : )
distance 5.45mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -180ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redbourn - Hertfordshire

Adventurous walk with steep hill climbs and a winding woodland path.

distance 6.21mi Vertical gain +217ft Vertical drop -240ft Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Harpenden - Hertfordshire

A pleasant walk from Harpenden Common down to Redbournbury Mill, along the River Ver and then up to Childwickbury Manor and back to Harpenden.

distance 7.29mi Vertical gain +515ft Vertical drop -528ft Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk explores some of the hamlets of the Chilterns which, although close to Hemel Hempstead retain their remoteness in their quiet locations. It goes over the typical chalk uplands of the Gade valley and up to the beechwoods of the National Trust Ashridge estate. It passes charming 17th century cottages, a vineyard, a Buddhist Temple and long established churches. The country truly merits its AONB designation.

distance 6.45mi Vertical gain +305ft Vertical drop -315ft Durée 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Great Gaddesden - Hertfordshire

This walk is over the undulating plateau of the Chiltern dip slope, through the parklands of some of the 18th Century mansions which dot the Chilterns. Although the land is now more given over to arable agriculture, the landscape is still greatly influenced by the great designers, including Capability Brown. A walk with great views over the Gade valley and a revelation of the life style of baronets and local squires in the 1700s and the lesser houses of their tenants.

Walking The Chilterns above Tring ( Download : )
distance 11.3mi Vertical gain +797ft Vertical drop -810ft Durée 5h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

National Trails and Long Distance Paths crisscross the Chilterns in this area. This Circular Walk makes use of short stretches of at least five such to provide a beautiful and varied walk through Chiltern woodland, on Chiltern chalk downs with wide vistas from the scarp edge of the hills, along a stretch of the historic Grand Union Canal, and through one of the prettiest villages in Hertfordshire.

Walking Tring Reservoirs Wild Walk ( Download : )
distance 6.72mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -102ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

Stroll along the waterside and look for waterbirds on this gentle 13km walk. Starting at Tring railway station, it takes in College Lake nature reserve, a section of the Grand Union Canal and three reservoirs.

Walking Tring Park Wild Walk ( Download : )
distance 9.94mi Vertical gain +479ft Vertical drop -476ft Durée 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Aldbury - Hertfordshire

Enjoy scenic views, wooded valleys and ancient parkland on this 10km circular walk through the Chilterns. Starting in Tring, the walk takes in Dancersend nature reserve and the Ridgeway National Trail.

distance 11.44mi Vertical gain +10ft Vertical drop -62ft Durée 5h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hertford - Hertfordshire

Follows River Lea Navigation thru' Ware, St Margarets, Rye House, Dobbs Weir and Broxbourne, to finish on the River Lea Path a short walk east of Cheshunt Station. It's almost impossible to go off-course, unless you make a decision to jump into the canal or take a path away from it.

distance 5.28mi Vertical gain +571ft Vertical drop -486ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wendover - Buckinghamshire

This section of the walk takes you from Wendover down to Buckmoor End (where there is a pit stop and possibly a bacon sarnie!) across in front of Chequers through the nature reserve and over to The Plough at Cadsden.

distance 7.05mi Vertical gain +459ft Vertical drop -466ft Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wendover - Buckinghamshire

Circular walk from Wendover to the pub at Swan Bottom, across fields and through woods.

Walking Coombe Hill from Wendover ( Download : )
Coombe Hill from Wendover
distance 3.7mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -413ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wendover - Buckinghamshire

An easy Chiltern walk that rewards your efforts with some fine views across the Chiltern escarpment and across the Vale of Aylesbury. The paths and bridleways are generally clearly signed.