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.
|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.|
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.
A much shorter walk option, with less ascent as well, and rated 3 out of 10, is described.
A pre-lunch shortcut cuts 7.1 km (4.4 mi) and 120m of ascent/descent and has a rating of 1/10.
|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).
Early options in Flitton and Silsoe. For details see page 2 of the Walk Directions pdf.
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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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk