Chilterns Country - Galley and Warden Hills


Introduction


There are 3 routes to choose from which take you away from the hustle and bustle of Luton and into this beautiful chalk downland. It is rich in wild flowers, some of which are very rare. This natural environment and the history of the area provides plenty of interest on the walks.


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

From the centre of Luton take the A6 north turning right into Warden Hill Road in Warden Hill area of Luton.
Parking is available at the Links Way pull-in at the top of Warden Hill Road. For the Streatley walk limited on street parking is available or you can park at the Chequers pub. Please park thoughtfully.


Start/Finish Point

The Red and Purple Route start from the Links Way pull-in and the Blue Route from the Chequers Public House in Streatley.


Access and General Information

Length: Red Route - 2 miles (3.2 km)
Blue Route - 4 miles (6.4 km)
Purple Route - 1 miles (2.8 km)
Time: Red Route - allow 1 hour, Blue Route - allow 2 hours, Purple Route - allow 1 hour.
Access Information:

Blue Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm and 10mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud, to cultivated farmland.
Linear Gradient: This is a hill walk - the steepest linear gradient is steeper than 1:6 there are also gradients of between 1:6-1:9 and of between 1:10-1:13.
Cross Falls: The steepest are 1:9 or steeper.
Width Restriction: There are no width restrictions of less than 1000mm.
Steps: The maximum step height is 100mm on the pavements in Streatley.
Barriers: There are 8 kissing gates with a restriction of less than 1000mm and 2 one-way opening gates with a width of greater than 750mm.
Refreshments: There is a pub The Anchor in Streatley.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: Located in the village of Streatley.

Purple Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types of grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: This is a hill walk - the steepest linear gradient is steeper than 1:6 there are also gradients of between 1:10-1:13.
Cross Falls: The steepest are between 1:10-1:15.
Width Restriction: There are no width restrictions of less than 1000mm.
Steps: The maximum step height is 200mm on the path from the car park up to Warden Hills.
Barriers: There are 3 kissing gates with a restriction of less than 1000mm.
Refreshments: None recorded.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: None recorded.

Red Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types of grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: This is a hill walk - the steepest linear gradient is steeper than 1:6.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There are no width restrictions of less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There are 2 kissing gates with a restriction of less than 1000mm and 3 one-way opening gates with a width of greater than 750mm. There is also one 1-step stile (there is an alternative through a gate with an opening of 860mm).
Refreshments: None recorded.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: None recorded.


Acknowledgements

The North Chilterns Trust looks after the natural environment in Luton and South Bedfordshire. To contact the Trust, phone 01582 412225 or email office@northchilternstrust.co.uk.

Galley and Warden Hills are managed by Luton Borough Council. For information, contact the John Dory Field Centre - 01582 486983.

This is one of a series of Chilterns Country walks through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For more information about the Chilterns Conservation Board, please contact 01844 271300 or log onto