The 21 mile (34km) walk following the course of the River Ivel from its source at Ivel Springs in Baldock, through the towns and villages of the Ivel Valley, to Roxton Lock, provides a perfect introduction to the Ivel Valley countryside, its wildlife and history.
This section of the walk is 6 miles starting in Arlesey and finishing in Biggleswade.The route is defined by signposts and waymarker posts bearing customised Kingfisher Way waymarker discs. These in conjunction with the map and directions provided in the route description below will enable you to follow the route with ease.
Please note: The section of the Kingfisher Way between New Road, Sandy, and Biggleswade Common is no longer open to the public. Please read this notice for the alternative route.
Arlesey is situated off the A507, about 2 miles north of Letchworth.
There is parking at Arlesey or Biggleswade stations. If you park in the station there is a fee to pay.
The route starts at Arlesey Railway Station and finishes at Franklin's Mill, Biggleswade
Distance: 6 miles
Time: 3 hours
Surface Types: You will walk across a variety of surfaces ranging from a hard firm surface with stones no larger than 5mm to a hard firm surface with some loose stones no larger than 10mm. You will also walk across grass or uncultivated earth paths, some with ruts and some without.
Linear Gradient: There is a section of the walk that has a linear gradient of 1:6 - 1:9. Another section has a linear gradient of 1:10 - 1:13.
Cross Falls: One short section of the walk near Franklin's Hill, Biggleswade has a cross fall measuring 1:9 or steeper, the surface is smooth though.
Width Restriction: You will encounter a simple bridge that has a minimum width restriction of 530mm.
Steps: There are eleven steps where you cross the A507, the step height is 100mm.
PLEASE TAKE CARE CROSSING THE A507
Barriers: Kissing gates: There are six kissing gates with a width restriction less than 1000mm. There is one kissing gate with a width restriction of between 1000 - 1500mm. There is one two-step stile along the walk. There is one two-way opening gate and one one-way opening gate, with widths greater than 750mm.
Refreshments: There are public houses and shops in Arlesey, Henlow, Langford and Biggleswade.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: Near Franklin's Mill, Biggleswade.
Seats: There is a seat near Langford Mill and the Nature Reserve
Point 1 The route passes the northern end of Arlesey, utilising the pavement of the A507 over the East Coast Mainline railway and River Hiz. Turning right, after 500m, along the tree lined gravel track, you pass the front of Henlow Grange before turning right again.
Point 2 Crossing over the river and turning left after 50m, the route leads you along a track passing a tree plantation and then some lakes on your left. The route continues northwards to join Common Road into Langford.
Point 3 Following the western bank of the River Ivel leads you past Henlow Common and Langford Meadows Local Nature Reserve, before crossing the river and entering Langford via Langford Mill and Mill Lane.
Note: The route northwards from Langford Mill to Holme Mills is subject to change. Please follow the local waymarking on the ground.
Point 4 Head northwards along the road for 1 mile before turning left to return to the river Ivel at Holme Mills.
Point 5 Cross over the bridge, turn right and follow the riverside path northwards to Franklin's Mill at Biggleswade.
Point 6 On reaching the mill, either continue along the Kingfisher Way following the waymarking and directions given in the Walk 3 leaflet, or turn right along Mill Lane and follow the inset ‘feeder route' map to Biggleswade Station.
This walk has been developed by the Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project. If you encounter any problems or would like further information on this or any of our other walks please contact us at:
Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project, The Smithy, The Village, Old Warden, Biggleswade, SG18 9HQ
Tel 01767 626326