Houghton House, frontal view (II)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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Cooper's Hill Nature Reserve (III)

SWC Walk 232 Lidlington to Flitwick

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

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Ailesbury Mausoleum & Crypt, Maulden (I)

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Path through Flitwick Moor

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Undulating Route up to the Greensand Ridge

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Undulating Route up to the Greensand Ridge (II)

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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.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

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Sat, 06-May-17 4

Saturday Walk - Lidlington to Flitwick

SWC Walk 232 - Lidlington to Flitwick
13.7 miles/22 km

A walk off the beaten track in mid Bedfordshire, the highlights include Marston Vale, the Greensand Ridge, open parkland, Bedfordshire's largest area of heathland, Georgian Ampthill, the ruins of Houghton House, and Flitwick Moor (one of the most important wetland sites in the South East).

Trains: Take the 10:01 Corby train from London St Pancras, changing at Bedford (arr 10:36) for the 10:55 service to Bletchley, arriving at Lidlington at 11:15. Return trains from Flitwick to St Pancras/Blackfriars run every 15 mins. A return ticket to Lidlington will allow you to travel there from Euston via Bletchley as well, but a cheaper option is probably a return to Bedford (9.75 with network card) plus a single from Bedford to Lidlington (2.90 with network card).
Lunch: Ampthill is located about 5 miles/8 km into the walk and has plenty of choices for lunch. The Queens Head, 20 Woburn Street (01525 016292); The Hide Bar & Lounge, 2b Woburn Street (01525 837007); The White Hart, 125 Dunstable Street (01525 305200); The Prince of Wales, 24 Bedford Street (01525 840 504).
A possible mid-afternoon stop is at the 17th century thatched White Hart at Maulden (01525 406 118).
At the end of the walk, Flitwick is a sizeable place with plenty of places for refreshments, see the walk notes for some suggestions.
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Intend going. Fine walk.
You can, as an alternative, get to Bedford at 1035 if you take the 929 from Farringdon. Thameslink.
Lidlington to Flitwick, Saturday 6th of May.
A happy band of four enjoyed the variety offered by this distinctive walk.
The often carefully landscaped vistas were followed by the rough beauty of the Baskervillesque Flitwick Moor towards the end. The suspiciously quiet Prince of Wales in Ampthill is, perhaps, not what it was the food seemed merely adequate, though service was friendly. Perhaps walkers should try another option next time. One of our number tried a walk variation around half way and was not seen again. I hope he got back safely. Thanks to Bridie 2 for scheduling this walk.

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Largely cloudy.
Sat, 14-Nov-15 6

Saturday Second Walk - The Greensand Ridge, Parkland, Heathland, Houghton House, Flitwick Moor


SWC Walk 232 – Lidlington to Flitwick
Length: 22.0 km (13.7 mi) [shortcuts possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 350 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 09.13 London Midland train from London Euston to Birmingham New Street (change at Bletchley: arrives 09.49, departs 10.05), arriving in Lidlington 10.26.
It is also possible to reach the connection in Bletchley from South and West London on the following service:
Clapham Junction 08.39, Shepherd’s Bush 08.53, Wembley Central 09.07, Harrow & W’stone 09.12, Watford Junction 09.19, arriving in Bletchley 09.54
Buy a Lidlington return (any route) ticket, as the return from Flitwick is with a Thameslink service to St. Pancras (and stations to East Croydon, connect at Blackfriars for stations to Sevenoaks). Return trains: XX.04, XX.20, XX.34 and XX.50 hours (47 or 51 minutes journey time to St. Pancras).
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, with some impressive views down into the Vale. Bedfordshire’s largest remaining heathland is passed through en-route to lunch in 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.
Lunch is either early in Ampthill at the newly refurbished The Prince of Wales (8.1 km/5.0 mi) or a little earlier at The Queens Head, or late in the walk at The White Hart in Maulden (16.5 km/10.3 mi, food served all afternoon). For tea in Flitwick The Crown is recommended (700m from the station), as is The Lounge Coffee Shop, just beyond the station.
For walk directions, map, height profile and gpx/kml files click here.
Three shortcuts are possible, although they cut out some of the best parts of the walk:
SC I cuts 2.8 km (and Cooper’s Hill Heathland) in Ampthill; SC II cuts 680m and the visit to Houghton House; SC III cuts 1.1 km through King’s Wood.
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Brilliant walk; varied landscape, beautiful woods and vistas. wet under feet but you walk mostly on lovely soft autumn coloured leaves and none of the sticky clay we experienced last week. bring perhaps a stick if you don't like steep descends (1 or 2) on wet ground. I started at 11.30am due to travel restrictions midweek and opted for the shortest version in order to be at Flitwick before sunset, which I managed by 2 minutes at 4.13pm. This means you have to eat at The White Hart, which serves lacklustre food, or take a picnic. weather today was totally glorious, a nice change. Thoroughly recommended.
6 drizzle then dry until lunch then rain

The ground was not as muddy as feared, and we got some views of the Greensand Ridge during the dry period, but less so later due to the rain and the low clouds. We opted for the early lunch option in Ampthill after yesterday's walkers' report of lacklustre food at the Maulden pub, and that was a good decision, as The POW served very decent meals in a friendly environment. The ruined Houghton House proved to be v interesting, as well as the route through Flitwick Moor towards the end, especially now that the narrow and bumpy path is muddy and leaf covered...
Got to Flitwick at quarter past 4.
1 walker had sped away after about an hour of the walk, never to be seen again; 2 took the first available train, the other 3 opted for tea/coffee at The Lounge Coffee Shop. 16.50 train for those.
...off the Greensand Ridge...
Sat, 30-Aug-14 20 Lidlington to Flitwick