Dunstable and Whipsnade Downs



The Downs command some of the finest views over the Vale of Aylesbury. The chalk grasslands of the Downs have a picnic area, miles of footpaths, a fascinating variety of historical sites and an abundance of plants and wildlife.


How To Get There By Passenger 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.
Click here for the National Rail Enquiries website


How To Get There By Car
The Downs lie along the B4541 south of Dunstable, which lies on the A505 to the west of Junction 11 of the M1.
The main car parks are located on the B4541, there is a smaller car park on Bison Hill on the B4540 which serves Whipsnade Downs.


Access and General Information

Parts of the area can become muddy especially after heavy rain, so strong waterproof footwear is recommended. Take care where conditions are rough and do let someone know where you are going. Please be aware that much of the walk may be unsuitable for wheelchairs and difficult for pushchairs.

Access Information: Pending Update


Further Information
The Downs command some of the finest views over the Vale of Aylesbury. The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating variety of historical sites and an abundance of plants and wildlife.

Dunstable Downs includes a picnic area where you can watch a variety of gliders and kite flyers when conditions permit.

The Countryside Centre adjacent to the main car park has interpretive displays and a wide range of kites, souvenirs and publications, including maps. The refreshment kiosk and toilet facilities are available all year except Christmas Day.


Acknowledgements
The National Trust and Bedfordshire County Council own and manage sites across The Chilterns in South Bedfordshire. The partnership continues to enhance and interpret countryside sites and improve access for all. With support from the South Beds Association of National Trust Members.

For information, contact:
The National Trust
Dunstable Downs Countryside Centre
Tel: 01582 608489
Email: dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk

For emergencies, contact:
The National Trust Bedfordshire, Properties Estate Office
Tel: 01582 873569

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