|Length||24.4 km (15.2 mi), of which 6.0 km (3.7 mi) on tarmac or concrete (most of it before lunch). Cumulative ascent/descent: 275 m. For a shorter walk, see below Walk options.|
|OS Maps||OS Landranger Map: 153 (Bedford & Huntingdon) OS Explorer Map: 193 (Luton & Stevenage) Flitwick station, map reference TL 034 349, is 15 km north of Luton, 79m above sea level and in Central Bedfordshire.|
|Toughness||5 out of 10|
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).
|Transport||Flitwick station 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).|
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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