Houghton Conquest Circular Walk 1

Houghton Conquest Circular Walk 1

Placed centrally in Bedfordshire and lying at the foot of the greensand ridge at the crossing of two ancient roads, the village takes its name from the coupling of the old English "hoh" and "tun” (meaning a farmstead on or near a ridge or hill-spur) with the name of an important local family in the c13th - the Conquests.

This attractive circular route crosses meadows and woodland and passes near Houghton House., thought to be “The House Beautiful” in John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.” Detours may be taken to Kings Wood, an ancient woodland, and Glebe Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

How To Get There By Passenger Transport

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How To Get There By Car

The village can be easily reached by road from  the A6 (Bedford - Luton) or from the B530 (Bedford - Ampthill) roads.

Parking is available in the Village Hall car park but may be limited if other functions or events are taking place there. On-street parking is available. PLEASE PARK THOUGHTFULLY.

Start/Finish Point

The suggested starting point for this circular walk is from the Knife and Cleaver public house (opposite the Village Church).

Access and General Information

Length: 3 miles (4.8 km)     Time: 2 hours

Surface Types:

The walk goes across varied surfaces ranging from a hard, firm surface to grass or uncultivated earth paths. Please note that this route can become very muddy in winter or in wet weather.


There are two pubs in Houghton Conquest - The Knife and Cleaver and The Anchor. There is a shop near to the Village Hall.

Route Description

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