Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade and Kensworth (3801)

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    Start dateMay 19 2024
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    Time10:30 am
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    LocationLU6 2GY
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This six mile circular walk begins atop Dunstable Downs, a long section of the northwestern escarpment offering wide and expansive views over the Ouzel valley and the Vale of Aylesbury.

We set off along a path around the edge of the very large and striking Kensworth chalk quarry, making our way next through Kensworth village. We then cross Whipsnade Heath, continuing into Whipsnade village. Here we will visit the Tree Cathedral, a unique site for those who have never seen it, stopping for a snack break here. We then follow part of the Icknield Way long distance path back up the southeastern side of the escarpment, returning to the start point while enjoying more of the impressive views from Dunstable Downs.

Additional information

Toilets are available at the start and end of the walk, at the Chilterns Gateway Centre. Those wishing to eat a packed lunch can do so at the end of the walk at the visitor centre picnic tables, and a cafe is also available there for refreshments.

Accessibility info: The route is free of styles but there are some moderate hills.

Alastair Melville. Stag Walkers (Ramblers).
Chilterns Gateway Centre car park, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade LU6 2GY
6.2 miles
Medium walks (4-6 miles)
2 hours 45 minutes
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)
Yes (May be suitable for older children if accompanied by an adult and with a good set of walking boots or shoes.)
Yes (The direct bus to the start point at the Chilterns Gateway Centre does not run on Sundays. However local buses serve nearby Dunstable around a 30 minute walk away.)