Flitwick Circular walk

Tranquil Flit River, wooded fringes of Flitwick Moor, quiet villages, the De Grey Mausoleum, Wrest House and Gardens, the Greensand Ridge (views), and the heart of Flitwick Moor.

Iron-Rich Stream, Flitwick Moor SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Iron-Rich Stream, Flitwick Moor

SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

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Greensand Ridge from Wardhedges SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Greensand Ridge from Wardhedges

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Wrest House and Garden Wall SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Wrest House and Garden Wall

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Old St. Mary's Church, Clophill SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Old St. Mary's Church, Clophill

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Ailesbury Mausoleum & Crypt, Maulden SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Ailesbury Mausoleum & Crypt, Maulden

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Flitwick Moor SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Flitwick Moor

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Flitwick Mill House SWC Walk 231 Flitwick Circular

Flitwick Mill House

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Length 24.4 km (15.2 mi), with 275m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
Toughness 4 out of 10, with 5 hours 20 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours.
Walk Notes

This Central Bedfordshire walk just north of the easterly end of the Chilterns initially follows the tranquil Flit River along the shady wooded fringes of Flitwick Moor, one of the most important wetland sites in the south east of England, and then veers away from the river through a couple of quiet villages, en route passing the Grade I-listed De Grey Mausoleum in Flitton and the also Grade I-listed Wrest House and Gardens in Silsoe. This is followed by a longer stretch through rolling fields with views to the Greensand Ridge. After crossing the Flit near Clophill the walk leads up the Greensand Ridge, descending for lunch back into Clophill.
After lunch it’s back on to the ridge for a long stretch through and along Maulden Wood, at times with far views south to the Chiltern Hills. The highlight of the return route from Maulden to Flitwick is the passage through Flitton and Flitwick Moors, including a stretch along a narrow path through the very heart of Flitwick Moor.

A much shorter walk option, with less ascent as well, and rated 3 out of 10, is described.
A very short out-and-back to the De Grey Mausoleum and Wrest Park is also possible, pubs in Silsoe and Flitton – or the Café in Wrest Park – would provide nourishment (12.3 km/7.7 mi).

Walk Options

A pre-lunch shortcut cuts 7.1 km (4.4 mi) and 120m of ascent/descent and has a rating of 1/10.
Mon-Sat bus services leave from the lunch destination of Clophill on the green outside The Flying Horse pub (passed on the short walk) to either Flitwick station or to Luton Galaxy Centre (close to Luton station). The route to the green from the nearby main walk route is described in the directions. Mon-Sat buses also serve Flitton (3.2 km into the walk) and Maulden (6.1 km from the end).

Maps OS Explorer: 193 (Luton & Stevenage)
OS Landranger: 153 (Bedford & Huntingdon)
Travel Flitwick station, map reference TL 034 349, is 15 km north of Luton, 79m above sea level and in Central Bedfordshire. It is on the Brighton to Bedford-Thameslink line, stopping at East Croydon, Elephant & Castle (or London Bridge), Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St. Pancras International and West Hampstead Thameslink. Journey times from St. Pancras to Flitwick are 40 to 51 minutes Mon-Fri (four trains per hour, more in the morning), 49 minutes on Sat (four trains per hour) and from 51 to 69 minutes Sundays (2 to 4 trains per hour).

Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.30 hours (assuming travel from St. Pancras).

Lunch

Early options in Flitton and Silsoe. For details see page 2 of the Walk Directions pdf.
The Stone Jug 10 Back Street, Clophill, Bedfordshire, MK45 4BY (01525 860 526). The Stone Jug is located 14.6 km (9.0 mi) into the main walk and 7.8 km into the short walk. It is a 16th century building which became a public house in the early 1900's. Repeatedly voted North Bedfordshire Pub of the Year by CAMRA.
The Flying Horse 2 The Green, Clophill, Bedfordshire, MK45 4AD (01525 860 293). The Flying Horse is located 15.2 km (9.5 mi) into the full walk and 7.2 km into the short walk.
The Green Man Italian Restaurant The Green, Clophill, Bedfordshire, MK45 4AD (01525 860 352). The Green Man is located 15.2 km (9.5 mi) into the full walk and 7.2 km into the short walk.

Tea

Various options in Maulden (6 km from the end of the walk) and in Flitwick. For details see page 2 of the Walk Directions pdf.

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