Community Paths Officer
These walks explore the undulating countryside around the villages of Silsoe and Shillington, set between the Lower Greensand Ridge in the north and the chalk hills of the Chilterns in the south. Because the ground in the area is very marshy most of the villages were built on higher land, from where there are splendid views of the surrounding countryside. The place names of the area are mainly Saxon in origin and reflect their situation, eg Silsoe - Sifel's hoh (hill), Shillington - Scytlingedune (hill of Scyttel's people), Gravenhurst - Grafan hyrst (a wooded hill top).
The lovely 17th and 18th century gardens of Wrest Park House can also be seen on these walks, along with a variety of fascinating Norman and mediaeval earthworks.
Start / Finish Point: Wrest Park House car park is the suggested starting point. The walk is described in an anticlockwise direction from there. However, you can begin at other points on the route. Start, End Nat GR TL 088 357
How to get there by car/parking: Wrest Park House is situated on the A6 between Luton and Bedford. The car park is used with permission of English Heritage and AFRC and is not a public car park. There is also a car park at St Mary's Church, Meppershall. And in Shillington by the side of the playing field.