Rides on the Wild Side No. 1 Streatley

Rides on the Wild Side No 1 - Streatley

This is one of a series of short rides through the countryside in South Bedfordshire. It is a circular ride following minor roads and tracks through the countryside.

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 Luton take A505 towards Hitchen, Butterfield Green Road is just before The Vale Cemetery.
Parking is available by the Recreation Ground.

Start/Finish Point

The route starts from the car park area by the Recreation Ground on Butterfield Green Road.

Access and General Information

Length: 8½ miles (13.8 km)
Time: 2 - 2½ hours
Access Information: Pending Update

Points of Interest

Right on the edge of Luton lies a landscape that has been farmed for centuries. One change in recent years has been the loss of many smaller fields; and sadly the loss of field names such as Hilly Danners, Solar Edge Piece and Upskirts – names with their own stories to tell!

Many of the bridleways have been used for well over 100 years. The oldest part of the route follows a section of The Icknield Way – an ancient trackway that was first used to transport food and goods in Neolithic times (4000 – 2000 BC).

Galley Hill and Warden Hill together form the third largest area of downland in Bedfordshire. Here you will find a wide range of chalk loving plants, many of which would have been used by our ancestors for food and medicine. Kidney Vetch, for example, is a known healer of wounds whilst the tubers of the unusual Great Pignut - known locally as tiggy nuts – would have provided a rich source of protein.

Dray’s Ditches originate from the Bronze Age as a boundary earthwork separating neighbouring tribal groups. They are also believed to have controlled trade along The Icknield Way.

Please Note

Please remember you are not allowed to cycle on public footpaths and when cycling on a bridleway you must give way to walkers and horseriders. Take special care as they may not hear you approaching! Please make sure your bike is safe. You should wear a safety helmet and gloves, and don’t forget your pump and puncture repair kit.

Acknowledgements

The North Chilterns Trust looks after the natural environment in Luton and South Bedfordshire. The project partners are Bedfordshire County, South Beds District and Luton Borough Councils, Groundwork UK and Three Valleys Water. Also supported by Luton and Dunstable Partnership – funded by SRB. Produced with the help of the Hertfordshire and Barnet Countryside Management Service.