Moleskin and Markham Hills

Moleskin and Markham Hills

Situated between Sundon Hills and Sharpenhoe Clappers, Moleskin is a superb area of chalk grassland, covered in cowslips in spring and also containing wild liquorice and many species of orchid. Markham Wood, the mature beech hanger, offers spectacularly framed views through the trees of the surrounding vale.

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.
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How To Get There By Car

This area lies off Sharpenhoe Road, reached from the village of Streatley on the A6 between Luton and Bedford.
There is parking nearby at Sundon Hills and Sharpenhoe Clappers.

Access and General Information

Access Information:
Surface Types: You will walk across surfaces ranging from hard and firm with no stones greater than 10mm to grass or uncultivated earth paths without any ruts but with some surface tree roots.
Linear Gradient: The area is mostly flat.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There are no restrictions less than 1000mm.
Steps: There are 8 steps opposite the Clappers car park with a maximum step height of 190mm.
Barriers: There are 3 kissing gates with a restriction of less than 1000mm.
Refreshments: There is a pub in the village of Sharpenhoe.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: None recorded.

Further Information

The National Trust acquired this property in 2001 to complete the important chain of sites for nature conservation and access between the A6 and Harlington Road.

Parts of the walk 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.


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

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

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