This gentle walk is a good introduction to the landscape of the area. The route passes several sites of interest for their wildlife or history - information boards provide details along the way.
Flitwick is on the A5120 and is about 10 miles south of Bedford and 3 miles from Junction 12 of the M1. Car Parking is available on the street in the village of Maulden, and in Flitwick on Station Road or at nearby public houses.
Distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 10mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud, to cultivated ground (farmland).
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is steeper than 1:6 for a short distance. There are also gradients of between 1:6-1:9 and of between 1:14-1:17.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There is a restriction of 350mm on the access to the sleeper bridge.
Steps: There are 3 steps with a maximum step height of 150mm on the wooden walkway.
Barriers: There is one 2-way opening gate with a width of greater than 750mm, 1 kissing gate with a restriction of less than 1000mm and one 1-way opening gate with a width of greater than 750mm. There is also one kissing gate with a restriction of between 1000-1500mm.
Refreshments: There is a pub and shop in Station Road, Flitwick.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: There are 7 seats on the route.
Starting at Flitwick Mill on the outskirts of Flitwick, the walk follows the River Flit, which used to power several mills in the area. The mill at Greenfield was demolished in 1971.
On Maggots Moor the course of the river is marked by meandering depressions, edged by trees growing on the old riverbanks. The Flit once flowed through the old pastures you cross on the way to Flitton.
At Flitton you'll see the 500 year old church and the de Grey mausoleum, one of the most important in England. Access information is available at the church.
At the end of Brook Lane, the walk goes around Flitton Moor. Part of what was once a much larger wet moorland, it provides a mixture of habitats that support a wide range of wildlife.
The bridle path to Ruxox Farm takes you through an area where people have lived for over 6,000 years. The most obvious feature is the large "D" shaped moat marking the site of a Grange that once supplied farm produce to Dunstable Priory. Many Roman remains have been found in this area.
The final part of the walk takes in Flitwick Moor, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The swamp and wet woodland you see today hide a history of peat extraction and the 'famous' medicinal Flitwick Waters.
This leaflet forms part of a project funded by the local Heritage Initiative (lottery funding), and has been supported by the local councils, Greensand Trust and volunteers from the Parish Paths Partnership (p3). Flitwick & District Heritage Group can be contacted via the Greensand Trust on 01234 743666.