Langford Circular Walk

Langford Circular Walks

These two walk routes encompass much of the agricultural farmland to the south of Langford village. This area boasts the finest, richest soil in the county. For many years abundant crops of brussel sprouts could be seen in the fields. In recent times, however, wheat and other vegetables have taken their place, with a number of fields being left fallow or set-aside. Look out for foraging birds and animals.

How To Get There By Passenger Transport

BY BUS – Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
Click here for the National Rail Enquiries website

How To Get There By Car

The village of Langford lies on the A6001, and is signposted from the A1 to the south of Biggleswade.
On street parking is available in the village. If parking in the village please park thoughtfully.

Start/Finish Point

Both walks start from the village of Langford.
Short Walk – start in Common Road, next to The Boot PH.
Long Walk – start at the bridleway sign in Cambridge Road.

Access and General Information

Length: Long walk - 4 miles (6.4 km), short walk - 1¾ miles (2.8 km)
Time: Long walk - allow 2 hours to complete, short walk, allow 45 minutes to complete.

Access Information: Long Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm, to hard and firm with no stones larger than 10mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradients are steeper than 1:6 for short distances at point 5 and 7, and also a longer gradient of between 1:14-1:17 at point 8.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There is a minimum width restriction of 720mm on the sleeper bridge at point 7.
Steps: There is a total of 34 steps with a maximum step height of 150mm on the railway bridge at point 3.
Barriers: There is one 1-step stile at point 7 and two 2-step stiles at point 5.
Refreshments: There is a pub – The Boot – in Cambridge Road, Langford, and a shop on the High Street.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: There is one seat at the junction of Station Road and Flexmore Way in Langford.

Short Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm, to hard and firm with no stones larger than 10mm, to hard and firm with some loose, variable sized stones, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is between 1:14-1:17 for a short distance and one of 1:18 or less for a longer stretch.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There is no restriction of less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: None recorded.
Refreshments: There is a pub – The Boot – in Cambridge Road, Langford, and a shop on the High Street.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: There is one seat at the Common Road entrance to the walk.

Route Description

Long Route

1. Start the walk at the bridleway sign in Cambridge Road, opposite Station Rd. The path is along the edge of the field, on the left hand side of a young hedgerow. This path is not always defined. You can use the concrete track on the other side of the hedge. (Caution - farm/sewerage works vehicles share this track).

2. After a short distance, you will see some small nursery greenhouses on your left. Continue to the next waymark post at a junction.

3. Turn left and cross the bridge over railway lines. Continue straight for a few steps to a waymark post on your right. Turn left, diagonally across the scrub land.

4. At the next sign turn right onto a track for 300m. Look for a finger post on the right, between trees, signing a left turn across a field.

5. Follow the crossfield path in a straight line to a gap in a hedge. (Caution, there is a farm track on the other side) Continue straight ahead following the signs until you reach a high metal stile. You have now walked a mile.

6. Cross the stile into a meadow (Caution, this is a high stile and difficult to negotiate). Follow the hedge on your left to the end of the field; turn right, walk beside a drainage ditch on your left until another stile is reached.

7. Cross the stile onto a small plank bridge across the ditch. Pass through the gap in the hedge - (Caution, a large irrigation reservoir is ahead. This is deep, with no barrier). Turn right onto a permissive path around the water to the next sign. Pass by barns on your left to a junction of paths ahead.

8. Left turn - you now have a long uphill gradient with delightful panoramic views across Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties as you climb. (The 2 mile point is reached half way along this section.) A small copse on the right precedes an opening onto the Edworth Road. (Caution, traffic speeds along here to and from the A1).

9. Directly across the road, follow an uneven path between fields.

10. At the end of this track, turn left. You now have a long, straight walk back to Langford. (About half way along this stretch you will have covered 3 miles).

11. As the path ends, a sign on the left indicates a right turn for a few steps only.

12. Another sign on your left directs you across a farm road to a railway crossing. (Caution, keep children and animals under control. Follow the safety advice attached to the gate). Cross over the railway lines, through a second gate, and follow the path which leads to Jubilee Lane.

13. Turn left at the end of Jubilee Lane into Station Road. Continue to the end of the road, back to the starting point, completing the four mile walk.

Short Route

A. Starting in Common Road, next to The Boot Public House, follow the tarmac road south until it becomes a lane. Follow this lane beside farmland. (Caution, it can be muddy and wet). Soon you will pass lakes on your right - these are privately owned and used for fishing, but have no public access. The lakes give delightful views and are a haven for wildlife. Continue straight on until you reach a junction on the left, with a waymark post on your right.

B. Turn left and follow the uneven footpath uphill. As the terrain levels out you can see the Great Northern (local) and Great North Eastern (intercity) railway lines ahead and stretches of fields on both sides. Looking back, the lake complex lies at your feet with Henlow village beyond the trees and Henlow Grange to the left. The next sign is at the junction with a concrete track. (Caution, this is used by the Poppy Hill sewerage work vehicles and farm vehicles. Please keep children under control and dogs on leads).

C. Turn left and continue on the concrete track until you reach a junction and waymark post on your right. The true bridleway is along the outside of the hedgerow, alongside a field with horses. Follow this path to Cambridge Road at its end. Alternatively, you can continue down the concrete track to Cambridge Road.

D. Turn left and walk straight down Cambridge Road to Common Road. This completes the 1¾ miles walk.

Langford Information

The Great Northern (local) and Great North Eastern (intercity) railway lines run along the eastern edge of Langford. In a parallel line to the west, the River Ivel meanders out of sight to walkers of the route. To the south, just over the Henlow boundary, sits the Henlow Grange Health Farm, popular with many celebrities. At this point on the map, the River Ivel merges with the River Hiz. The town of Biggleswade borders the Northern edge of the area.

Acknowledgements

This walk was produced by Langford Area Preservation, Mid Beds District Council, the Bedfordshire Parish Paths Partnership, Mr Ralph Turner and the Biggleswade Health Centre.