Wilstead Circular Walk

Wilstead Circular Walk

This 5 mile walk starts in the centre of the village and soon makes its way along the footpaths towards the eastern edge of Wilstead Wood. It then goes up to the top of the line of hills overlooking the village. The route proceeds along the top of the escarpment, passing St Macute's Wood before reaching the edge of Haynes.
Here at Northwood End Farm it turns back down towards Wilstead along a bridleway. At the bottom of the escarpment the walk goes through Manor Farm before running along the footpath which runs parallel to Cotton End Rd. The route continues along the footpath, through Dragon's Wood to emerge near the car park.

How To Get There by Passenger Transport

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How to Get There by Car

Wilstead is accessable either from the A6 or the A600. There is good off road parking available in the village car park in Whitworth Way, behind the Methodist Church in Cotton End Road, (see map). If you are joining the walk other than at the start and are parking elsewhere please note some of the main roads in the village can be used for parking but some are narrow and unsuitable. The lanes are even narrower and should not be used for parking.

Start/Finish Point

The walk starts from near the car park in Whitworth Way, behind the Methodist Church in Cotton End Road. Grid Ref TL066436.

Access and General Information

Distance: 5 miles   Time: between 2 and 2.5 hours.

Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from grass or uncultivated earth paths with no ruts, to earth paths with ruts/mud and cultivated ground (farmland).

Stile free

The Woolpack and Red Lion are Public Houses in Wilstead. There is also a shop. post office and take away restaurant in the village.

Route Description

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This leaflet was produced by Wilstead P3 group supported by Bedfordshire County Council and funded through the Parish Paths Partnership.
Thanks to J Tanswell for the use of her sketches and B Seamark, D Barker, T Davies and A Phillips for help with the text.