Bedfordshire

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Circular Walks

Sundon Hills

7.2 miles 11.6km | 3hr 15min | stile free | Circular from Toddington or Sundon | Route details | OS Map

Extensive views across Bedfordshire on a stile free rural circular walk following the Icknield Way path. This diverse route crosses an Chiltern’s ANOB, the M1 and the midland mainline railway.  This walk and the 4.3 mile Sharpenhoe Clappers walk can be linked to make a longer circular walk.

Sharpenhoe Clappers

4.3 miles 6.9km | 1hr 25min | stile free | Circular from Sharpenhoe Clappers or Sundon Hills | Route details

Extensive views across Bedfordshire on a stile free rural circular walk following the Icknield Way path. This diverse route crosses the Chiltern’s ANOB.  This walk and the 7.2 mile Sundon Hills walk can be linked to make a longer circular walk.

History

There are a series of articles about the Icknield Way in Bedfordshire from old newsletters, including Chalgrave and The Rackmaster of Sharpenhoe. See Newsletter page.

Some further information about the Theedway a route through Chalgrave is also available

Route Issues

Chalk Hill

The crossing of Watling Street, the A505 (old A5) at Chalk Hill, just north of Dunstable is a challenge for walkers. The ideal proposal in 2021 is to gain a Pegasus Crossing at Chalk Hill across the A505. This would complement the other Pegasus crossings installed on route at the Icknield Way, Dunstable and Thorn Road, Houghton Regis. At the July 2021 CBC & Luton JLAF it was announced that funding had been allocated for a feasibility study in 2021/22. Then, subject to costs, construction of a Pegasus crossing in 2022/23.

Thorn Turn

The Icknield Way path in Thorn, Houghton Regis has been changed due to the considerable building work so that it now runs on a different route. The revised route passes through a green corridor and over the new A5 back into the countryside. See the route pages for the mapping details. The OS mapping showing the green diamonds has been updated with the new route. The guidebook has an amendment available to download showing the revised details.