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Houghton House, frontal view (II)

Houghton House, frontal view (II)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Cooper's Hill Nature Reserve (III)

Cooper's Hill Nature Reserve (III)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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War Memorial near Cooper's Hill, Ampthill (II)

War Memorial near Cooper's Hill, Ampthill (II)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Ailesbury Mausoleum & Crypt, Maulden (I)

Ailesbury Mausoleum & Crypt, Maulden (I)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Path through Flitwick Moor

Path through Flitwick Moor

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Undulating Route up to the Greensand Ridge

Undulating Route up to the Greensand Ridge

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Undulating Route up to the Greensand Ridge (II)

Undulating Route up to the Greensand Ridge (II)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Lidlington to Flitwick Walk

Marston Vale, the Greensand Ridge, mixed woods and open parkland, heathland, historic Ampthill, ruin of Houghton House, views into Marston Vale, and a narrow path through the heart of Flitwick Moor.

Length 22.0 km (13.7 mi), of which 4.3 km (2.7 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent:380 and 363 m.
OS Maps OS Landranger Map: 153 (Bedford & Huntingdon) OS Explorer Map: 193 (Luton & Stevenage) Lidlington station, map reference SP 989 391, is 14 km east of Milton Keynes and 62m above sea level. Flitwick station, map reference TL 034 349, is 15 km north of Luton and 79m above sea level. Both are in Central Bedfordshire.
Toughness 6 out of 10
Walk Notes This Central Bedfordshire walk starts in Marston Vale with an undulating ascent up the (Bedfordshire) Greensand Ridge, mainly through mixed woods. It then follows the waymarked Greensand Ridge Walk to open parkland in Ampthill, now with impressive views down into the Vale. Bedfordshire’s largest remaining heathland is passed through en-route to Ampthill’s delightful historic centre. From there it’s back into the park and on to the picturesque ruin of Houghton House, again with commanding views into Marston Vale. After a stretch through ancient King’s Wood the walk leads to Maulden, at times with panoramic views south to the Chiltern Hills, before finally descending from the Greensand Ridge. The route to Flitwick is then entirely flat and leads through a couple of moors, including a captivating stretch along a narrow path through the very heart of Flitwick Moor, one of the most important wetland sites in the south east of England
Transport Lidlington station is on the (Mon-Sat only) Marston Vale Line, requiring a change from either the West Coast Main Line at Bletchley, or from the Midland Mainline/Thameslink line at Bedford. Flitwick station is on the Thameslink line, stopping at West Hampstead, St. Pancras, other stops in Central London, and East Croydon. Journey times are from 73 to 83 mins from St. Pancras or Euston. The return from Flitwick to St. Pancras takes 41 to 51 mins. Buy a Lidlington return (any route) ticket. Note that the fastest Bedford services from St. Pancras are usually East Midlands trains departing form the upper level platforms, and that Zone 6-extensions are not valid on those trains.
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