Colmworth Parish Paths

Colmworth Parish Paths

An attractive walk of approximately 2 miles starting at the church of Saint Denys. The church stands with its tall spire on a rise over 200 feet above sea level overlooking the Ouse Valley. Although the original church was Norman the present building was erected in the Perpendicular style over four years starting in 1426. The most famous of its clergy; the Reverend Timothy Matthews, summoned his congregation with a trumpet.

How To Get There by Passenger Transport

BY BUS – Colmworth is on a regular bus route from Bedford. Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – Colmworth is 6 miles from St Neots station. Please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950
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How to Get There by Car

Colmworth is about 7 miles NE of Bedford. Take the B660 from Bedford, turn right and follow the road signs into Colmworth village.

Start/Finish Point

This circular walk starts at the entrance to the Church of St. Denys. Grid Ref TL109586.

Access and General Information

Distance: 2 miles
Access Information
Surface types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm without stones to grass or uncultivated earth paths and farmland with ruts or mud.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is steeper than 1:6 over the dam and at Point E.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: None recorded.
Steps: The are five steps with a maximum step height of 160mm after the bridge at Point B.
Barriers: None recorded.
Refreshments: There is a public house/restaurant at Colmworth (Cornfields, previously The Wheatsheaf).
Public Toilets None are recorded.
Picnic Tables: None are recorded.
Seats: None are recorded.

Colmworth Circular Walk 1

A. The walk starts at the entrance to the Parish Church. To the south is the manor house. Originally built by the Normans it was pulled down in 1609 and rebuilt 62 years later. Tax was then being paid on 20 hearths. It was partially demolished but still has some of the original timbers and its medieval moat. From the church walk over the road taking the tarmac footpath left towards Bedford.

B. At the bottom of the hill, after about 150 metres, find a public footpath sign on your right. Follow this over the footbridge and continue along the path with a hedge and Colmworth Brook on your left.

C. As you enter the spinney the path leads over a medieval dam which has now been eroded by the brook.

D. Emerging from the spinney the path continues west with the stream still on your left. Notice the mound on the other side of the stream. This was a nesting island originally built in the middle of the reservoir as a protection for the birds. Continue along the path past the farm entrance until you reach the north/south bridleway.

E. As you emerge onto the bridleway turn left and walk for about 150 metres. (Ignore waymark to your right)

F. At the waymarker on your left follow the path east (left). The church spire can be seen straight ahead. Continue along this path passing a manmade lake and a small copse on your left.

G. At the end of the copse upon reaching the pond turn right over the stream and immediate left following the path with the hedge on your left.

H. At the next waymarker cross back over the stream by the footbridge. Turn immediate right and follow path to waymarker straight ahead. (Ignore waymarker and bridge on your right).

I.Continue over the bridge following the path into Chapel End. Here you will notice the Chapel. Colmworth Mission, originally built by the Primitive Methodists 130 years ago. Services are still held regularly.

J. At the main road turn left, make your way back to the church. The new village hall is on the left, rebuilt in 1996.

At the church feel free to wander, there is a seat under the tree at the east end.


The name derives from "calm" meaning clay. Thus in the winter the paths are very sticky and good walking shoes or boots are recommended.
Colmworth has always been a peaceful and agricultural village. Due to the heavy clay, smallholdings were sited along the roadsides and in the fields thus developing into the many "Ends".


This walk has been developed by Colmworth footpath volunteer workers, supported by Bedfordshire County Council under the Parish Paths Partnership Scheme. The Parish Paths Partnership aims to give local people the resources and skills to enable them to improve the condition of their rights of way and to keep them open and in use.