Short Walks in Bedfordshire and Surrounding Areas

Below is a list of nice places to visit and walk around in Bedfordshire and the near beyond - sorted by county. Click on the relevant details link to see the page for that walk. Each of the locations has a short video to show you what is there. Most of the vids are not more than 2:30 minutes long.

Bedfordshire

Ampthill Great Park

Woburn Street, Amptill, Bedfordshire - 160 acre park.

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Aspley Woods

A 365 hectare woodland for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.

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Cooper's Hill, Ampthill

A fairly small heath opposite Ampthill Great Park. About 2 km to do a circuit.

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Barton Hills

A walk along the Hills and a visit to the springs. Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire.

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Bromham Lake

Another former gravel pit given over to nature. Tranquil, but not one of the best. Approximately 11 hectares.

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Bedford Park

Park Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire - A Large Victorian park with pavilion and bandstand.

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Flitwick Moor and Folly Wood

A tranquil woodland and moor to explore. 67 hectares.

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Felmersham Gravel Pits

A hidden gem of a nature reserve in Bedfordshire.

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Henlow Millennium Meadow

Walk in the Henlow fields by the crystal clear River Ivel.

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River Great Ouse at Willington (1)

A walk beside the river Great Ouse, near the Danish Camp at Willington.

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River Great Ouse at Willington (2)

A riverside walk between Willington and picturesque Great Barford.

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River Great Ouse at Willington (3)

A circular walk from the Willington Dovecote taking in the River Great Ouse.

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Harrold-Odell Country Park

A walk in the 144 acre Harrold Odell Country Park in Harrold, Bedfordshire.

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Houghton Hall Park

Visit the grounds of a former stately home in Houghton Regis, newly remodelled as a public park.

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Pegsdon Hills

A walk up and along the rolling Chiltern hills in Pegsdon, Bedfordshire.

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Priory Country Park

360 acre green space made up of lakes, meadows and woodland in Bedford, Beds.

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Rowney Warren

Woodland walk at Rowney Warren, near Chicksands, Bedfordshire.

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Roxton Circular Walk

Down by the river at Roxton. Under 2.5 miles.

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Rushmere Country Park

Explore 400 acres of woodland at The Rushmere Country Park, Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire.

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Sandy Smith Nature Reserve

93 hectares of land, though mainly restricted to footpaths. Plenty of gunfire on Sunday mornings.

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Sharpenhoe Clappers

Sharpenhoe Clappers is a classic chalk escarpment and an area of natural beauty. Sharpenhoe, Beds.

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Stevington Windmill Walk

A circular walk of around 3.5 miles, taking you past the Stevington Postmill.

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Tiddenfoot Waterside Park

A one mile circular walk around the lake in Leighton Buzzard, or detour onto the Grand Union Canal.

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The Forest of Marston Vale

A walk in the Forest of Marston Vale, Bedfordshire.

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Buckinghamshire

Canal Walk at Cosgrove

A walk by the Grand Union Canal at Cosgrove, in Milton Keynes.

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Ivinghoe Beacon

Stroll to the top and look out over several counties.

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The Blue Lagoon

Visit the nature reserve at Bletchley, famous for its blue water.

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Three Locks

A walk by the Three Locks at Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire.

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Weston Turville Reservoir

A walk around the reservoir at Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire.

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Cambridgeshire

Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambs.

Formerly a gravel excavation, now a nature reserve and bird santuary. Details

RSPB Fowlmere.

An RSPB nature reserve near Royston (Herts) with bird hides and occasional Kingfishers to see. Details

Paxton Pits, Cambs.

Nature reserve: meadows, lakes, and a walk by the Ouse Valley Way River Trail. Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire. Details

Riverside Park

Riverside Parks, St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

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Hertfordshire

Amwell Nature Reserve

A nature reserve and bird sanctuary near Ware.

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Ashridge Estate

Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Hertfordshire - 5000 acre estate.

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Batford Springs

Batford, Hertfordshire - Chalk springs, streams and a walk by the River Lea.

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Heartwood Forest

An 858 acre new forest near Sandridge in Hertfordshire.

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Panshanger Park

Visit this landscaped park in Hertford and see the Panshanger Great Oak.

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River Lea in Ware

Enjoy a walk beside the River Lea in the middle of Ware, Hertfordshire.

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Royston Heath

Walk, picnic, play or eat on Royston Heath.

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Rye Meads

See Kingfishers at this RSPB nature reserve in Hoddesdon.

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Stanborough Park

A stroll by the boating lake and the sailing lake in Welwyn Garden City.

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Willian Arboretum

A walk in Manor Woods and the Willian Arboretum at Willian, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

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