Short Walks in Bedfordshire

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Roxton Circular Walk

Description and Walk

The Roxton circular walk begins by walking through the gates of the St Mary Magdalene Church yard. The path will lead you to the left side of the church, past a small cemetery area and then out through an opening in the fence to where the walk begins.

The best way to understand the walk is to take a look at the pdf that can be found here (opens in a new tab), it’s what we used before we went.

That said, the rule is: Once out of the church yard, keep going left until you reach the river Great Ouse. Thereafter, follow the obvious circular route. Initially you can’t get very close to the water, but you can see that it’s there. After a while you find yourself walking at the side of a large field after which you can either go right (short version back to where you started), or else go left and back to the river to continue in a clockwise direction. If you take the second option you very soon find yourself at the river’s edge.

River Great Ouse on the Roxton Circular Walk

The whole walk is no more than about 2.5 miles, but it takes in a good stretch of the river, a weir and a fishing lake: all very nice on a sunny day (I imagine, since it wasn’t one of those when we went).

If you like wildlife there are often kingfishers to be spotted near to the weir. I know that because we bumped into a gentleman who works for the Environment Agency who regularly walks there. No sooner had he mentioned the bird than we saw one flash by. Needless to say, too quick to catch it on camera. This is definitely a recommended walk.

Short Video of Roxton circular walk

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Parking is Free.

Parking address: School Ln, Roxton, Bedford MK44 3DR.

Roxton is a quiet village, so parking is not hard. You can park in School Lane directly outside of the church, or else if school is out there is layby outside of that.

Parking near St Mary Magdalen church - Roxton

Parking outside of the church - on the left.

Parking in layby near St Mary Magdalen church - Roxton

Layby parking outside nearby school.

Place/s to Eat

The Roxton Garden Centre has a nice restaurant. The service has been known to be slow, as they have yet to work out that the person on the till cannot simultaneously take cash, operate the drinks machine, and fetch items while also achieving reasonable wait times. It's Ok on a good day, though, and the food is decent. Apart from the burger buns which taste weird.

Address: The Roxton Garden Centre, Bedford Rd, Bedford MK44 3DY.

Tel: 01480 212701

Website: Roxton Garden Centre

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Roxton Garden Centre Restaurant

Further Information

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Start point map here.

Roxton Garden Centre here

PDF with details

The pdf, below, contains address and parking location details similar to the ones on this page. Print out the pdf file if you want something to carry with you. Pdf opens in a new tab.