This walk explores the countryside between the market town of Sandy and the village of Everton, following part of the Greensand Ridge Walk. It crosses the two large estates of Hasells Hall and Woodbury. Although much of the area is intensively farmed, the walk also passes through pasture, parkland and woodland, offering fine views, and past a number of interesting features.
Waymarking: Look out for the circular route waymarks which indicate the direction of the walk. Yellow arrows are used on public footpaths, blue on public bridleways.
Between Points 2 and 3, and 5 and 6, the circular route follows the Greensand Ridge walk, which is waymarked with special signs, posts and discs, some bearing a muntjac deer symbol.
Footwear: Some of the paths can be wet and muddy, particularly after heavy rain, so strong, waterproof footwear is recommended.
Sandy is located in east Bedfordshire, 3 miles north of Biggleswade, just off the A1. There is a free car park on Sandy High Street. The Thornton Arms public house at Everton welcomes walkers and allows parking for those who take refreshments there.
Sandy High Street car park is the suggested starting point and the walk is described in a clockwise direction from there. However, you can begin at any other point and walk in either direction.
Distance: 9.6 miles (15.5km) with options of 7.2miles and 8.2 miles.
Time: 5 hours for the complete walk.
Surface types: You will walk across a range of surfaces from hard and firm with no stones variable surfaces with loose stones, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with ruts.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is steeper than 1:6 at various points on the route - this is a very undulating walk
Cross Falls: The steepest cross fall is 1:7 between Points 2 and 3 of the route.
Width Restriction: There is a minimum width restriction of 1750mm between Points 3 and 4.
Steps: There are steps at The Pinnacle. These have a maximum step height of 9".
Barriers: There is one two-step stile and two one-way opening gates with a width greater than 750mm. There are also a few kissing gates with a restriction of less than 1000mm. There is a cattle grid between Points 5 and 6.
Public Toilets: Located on Sandy High Street.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Refreshments: There is a public house, The Thornton Arms, in Everton. Sandy has cafes and shops.
Seats: None recorded.
This is one of a series of circular walk leaflets produced by Central Bedfordshire Council. Click here for the Council's Countryside web page.