Whipsnade Heath, Place to Unwind

Whipsnade Heath

The Heath is a small, unusual area of scrub and woodland containing some interesting plants and fungi. The Heath is common land now overgrown with hawthorn and blackthorn scrub, although many remnants of its heathland past still exist.

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

Whipsnade Heath is on the B4541 to the south of Dunstable and can also be reached from the A5 north of junction 9 of the M1.
There is a small car park at the junction of the B4540 and the B4541.

Access and General Information

A circular walk around the Heath starts from the car park.

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.

Access Information: Pending Update

Further Information

The Heath is a small, unusual area of scrub and woodland containing some interesting plants and fungi. The Heath is common land now overgrown with Hawthorn and Blackthorn scrub, although many remnants of its heathland past still exist.

There are a number of small hollows to be seen within the scrub, a result of parishioners quarrying for lime for the fields, and flint for road surfacing.

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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