Walking is great for your health, and it’s something people of all fitness levels can enjoy. Of course, it’s important to choose a route that is suitable for your ability and will be both interesting and accessible for everyone joining you. Here are six fantastic walks around Bedfordshire that cover everything from gentle strolls to more challenging outings. Some are dog-friendly, and they all offer spots to enjoy some refreshments as a welcome reward for all that exercise!
1. Harrold – A Historical Walk
North-west of Bedford, this easy-grade two-mile walk starts from the main car park of Harrold-Odell Country Park. There are no stiles or steep hills to deal with as you wander gently around this charming historical village with its limestone buildings. Take in the ancient church and medieval stone bridge before taking a breather on the village green.
2. Willington Woodland and Willows Walk
This easy, dog-friendly walk is about two miles long, rated as accessible, and takes around an hour. Starting at Willington Dovecote and Stable Car Park, there are rivers and refreshments to amuse you before heading back to the Church End junction and signs to your starting point.
3. Clophill and Haynes Circular Walk
A pleasant countryside ramble with plenty of interesting sights along the way. Walkers will find themselves navigating fields, a farmyard and woods, as well as a couple of kissing gates, making this a great choice for those with some hiking or rambling experience.
4. Barton Springs
This 2.5-mile circular peaceful and gentle walk starts off from the village of Barton-Le-Clay. There are several pubs in the village for post-walk refreshments. If you want to enjoy these walks at any time, why not look at park homes for sale in Bedfordshire? Check out specialists such as parkhomelife for more information and advice.
5. Tempsford Heritage Trail
A village stroll with options to extend to the countryside, this starts at Gannock Castle (Church End) and ends at Tempsford Station. The going can be challenging in places, so be prepared.
6. Leighton Buzzard to Woburn
Section 1 of the Greensand Ridge 40-mile walk, this 8.5-mile hike begins at the Leighton Road Bridge across the canal and ends at the fire station in George Street, Woburn. Refreshments are available on route.