Circular Walks around Swineshead

Circular Walks around Swineshead

Swineshead is a quiet village of about 60 homes in North Bedfordshire, near to the borders with Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book, (but then spelt "Swineshefet). Many of the houses are timber-framed, with several dating from the C16th, and over 15 are grade 2 listed.
All the walks start from the C14th church of St. Nicholas, which is particularly attractive at the focal point of the village. This and several of the other properties adjacent to the walks are described under Points of Interest overleaf. Part of the walks may be muddy and pass through difficult terrain. It is recommended that walkers wear strong footwear, let someone else know where they are going, and take care where conditions are rough. Where the walks are over grassland with livestock, dogs must be kept under close control and preferably on a lead.
Swineshead is a living community most of which has been designated a Conservation Area to preserve it for future generations. We hope that you will enjoy the walks around the village.

How to Get There by Public Transport

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How to Get There by Car

Swineshead is just to the east of the village of Pertenhall, which is approximately 12 miles north of Bedford. The Kimbolton Road, B660 takes you straight from Bedford to Pertenhall. Then take the road to Swineshead.

Start/Finish Point

All three walks start and end at the Church of St Nicholas in the village.

Access and General Information

Walk A - Length: 1 mile   Time: 1 hour

Walk B - Length: 2½ miles  Time: 1½ hours

Walk C - Length: 1¼ miles Time: 45 minutes

Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with ruts and mud, to farmland.

Route Description

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The Country Code

Keep to the rights of way Keep dogs under control Do not deposit litter Close gates behind you Do not damage growing crops Do not pick wild flowers


This leaflet was produced with support from Bedford Borough Council and Pertenhall and Swineshead Parish Council.

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