Dunstable Downs Circular Walk
The Downs are set within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an abundance of flora and fauna characteristic of chalk grasslands. See the Five Knolls Round Barrow Cemetery from the late Neolithic period, the only such site in the county. The walk passes through the village of Totternhoe.
There is a car park at Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre where there is a car park charge.
Dunstable Downs is the suggested starting point and the walk is described in an anti-clockwise direction. However, it can also be started from the National Trust car park on Bison Hill (see map) and the walk can be shortened to approximately 4½ miles following the details shown on the map at point 7.
Distance: 6½ miles / 10.4km Time: 3½ hours
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
There is a pub (The Old Farm Inn) at Totternhoe. There is a general store and newsagents at West Street (about 100m from the walk). Refreshments are also available at the Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre
Public Toilets: At the Visitor Centre.
Click here to download the route description and map.
This is one of a series of circular walk leaflets produced by Central Bedfordshire Council.