The Greensand Ridge Walk is Bedfordshire's premier long distance walk. The route spans the county for a total of 40 miles, following the greensand ridge. The walk is an ideal introduction to the history, landscape and wildlife of this part of the county. The route of Section 5 follows the ancient boundary of Hassells Hedge, passes the Norman church of St Mary's in Everton, and ends in the village of Gamlingay on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border.
Sandy is at the junction of the A1 and A603. From Bedford, take the A603. There are several car parks in the centre of Sandy.
The walk begins in the High Street in Sandy
The walk ends at the Wildlife Trust's Cinques Common car park in the hamlet of Gamlingay Cinques
Length: 5.3 miles (8½ km)
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm, to hard and firm with some loose stones, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradients are steeper than 1:6 through The Pinnacle in Sandy and approaching the village of Everton (between points 3 and 4 on the map).
Cross Falls: There are cross falls of 1:9 and steeper for short distances on the path through The Pinnacle, on the roadside pavement entering Gamlingay and through the fields on first leaving Sand Lane.
Width Restriction: There is no width restriction less than 1000mm.
Steps: The maximum step height is 200mm at The Pinnacle.
Barriers: There is one 2-way opening gate with a width greater than 750mm and ten 1-way opening gates with a width of greater than 750mm. There are 3 kissing gates with a restriction of between 1000-1500mm and three with a restriction of less than 1000mm. There is one staggered barrier with a minimum restriction of less than 950mm.
Refreshments: There are various pubs, cafés, restaurants and shops in Sandy. There is one pub in Everton, The Thornton Arms. The village of Gamlingay is just over 1km from Gamlingay Cinques car park, and has three pubs and various shops.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: Located at Everton playing fields, 200m from the route.
Seats: There are four at St Swithun's church in Sandy, one in Sandy High Street, 4 in Everton and 4 on Cinques Road in Gamlingay.
1 Taking care, cross the High Street into Cherrycroft. Turn right into Stonecroft and left along an alleyway to the bridge over the East Coast Mainline and onto the Pinnacle Recreation Ground. The Greensand Ridge has now been rejoined. Follow the path across the meadow and through the woodland bearing left up the hill.
2 Follow the waymarked route around the Pinnacle and turn right to follow Sand Lane for 500m to a bndlegate on your left. Head down the ridge through the meadow, and continue on the track, crossing a concrete road to Waterloo Farm.
3 At Waterloo Farm leave the Roman Road, turning right to follow a field edge path and continue to follow the path across the meadows climbing up to the village of Everton.
4 Turn left and follow the road to the Thornton Arms. Following the road to the left of the pub, pass the 12th century church of St. Mary's and cross the parkland around Woodbury Hall. At the stile turn right and then immediately left onto a grassed track. Continue on the waymarked path across the Tetworth Estate, passing Tetworth Hall.
5 At the road (Tetworth Hill) turn right and with care follow the road across the cross roads into the hamlet of Gamlingay Cinques. The walk ends at the Wildlife Trust's Cinques Common car park on the right.