Bedfordshire Cycle Routes 2 - Dunstable Downs



This short ride winds through the chalk downlands of Dunstable, Whipsnade Downs and Totternhoe Knolls, passing Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. There are superb views across Bedfordshire along the route.
The ride can begin from Dunstable town centre or Dunstable Downs.


How To Get There By Car
Dunstable is just east of Junction 11 of the M1, on the A505. The Downs can be reached from the A5.
There is parking at Dunstable Downs, or in Dunstable town centre.


How To Get There By Public Transport
BY BUS - Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.


Access and General Information
Distance: 12 miles (19 km)


Route Description
Leave Dunstable by West Street and start a gentle climb Whipsnade Road (B4541). Turn left up to Dunstable Downs, the highest point in Bedfordshire.
Keep to the right at the fork in the road. At the crossroads take the Whipsnade road (B4540) to the right. Continue towards the Wild Animal Park and on to the top of a steep downhill which has a slope of 1 in 6. Take great care on the descent as there are several tight bends.
At the T- junction turn right, and at the roundabout go straight across towards Eaton Bray. Pass straight through Eaton Bray and follow the Totternhoe road to the junction. Turn right towards Dunstable.
Keep on the Dunstable road for about 2 miles, climbing steadily to the main road, where a left turn leads back to West Street.


Places to Visit
Dunstable Downs has superb views over Bedfordshire, and walks along the chalk downs. Visitors Centre, Car Park
Whipsnade Heath Walks, Car park.
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral is owned by the National Trust. The site was planted in the 1930's, and is occasionally used for services. Car Park,
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park is world famous for the huge numbers of wild animals which are found within 600 acres of parkland.
Whipsnade Downs Walks, Car park.
Totternhoe Knolls Nature Reserve offers many walks through this interesting chalk grassland area, which also has a fascinating historic legacy. Car Park.