This walk goes through the village of Wootton to Bedford's Green Gateway and returns though the hamlet of Hall End.
Wootton is located 5 miles south west of Bedford. From Bedford take the A6 towards Ampthill, then turn onto the A421 towards the M1. Leave the A421 at the next roundabout and take the second exit onto Woburn Road. At the next roundabout, take the first exit to Wootton.
Parking is available at the Village Hall on Church Road.
The walk starts and ends at Wootton Village Hall.
Length: 4 miles (6.4 km)
This four mile walk starts at Wootton Village Hall on Church Road (OS ref 007450) - point S on the map.
From the Village Hall cross the recreation ground to the kissing gate in the right hand corner by the school. Go down the path to Bedford Road and turn left. Continue walking past the Post Office and turn right down Potters Cross (point 2).
Follow the tarmac road, which becomes a rough track, to a junction of paths and two finger post footpath signs(point 3).
At the second sign go through the small gate and across the field to a kissing gate following the direction of the footpath sign.
You are now entering ‘Wiles Wood', part of the Bedford's Green Gateway. This is an area of land that has been purchased and tree planted by the Forest of Marston Vale. Effectively this makes a ‘green wedge' between Wootton and Kempston.
Continue straight ahead on the path until you meet a hard surface track and turn left.
At a T-junction by four wooden play structures (point 4) turn left. You are now in Ridgeway Wood. Continue to Bedford Road.
Turn left and after 200yards, just before the Wootton Village Sign (donated by the Wootton Millennium Committee from funds raised by the sale of the 2002 History of Wootton book), cross the road and enter a small hard surfaced area via a gate (point 5). Go through the small gate on the left into Hoo Corner and follow the hard surface track through another gate to the road. This area of the Green Gateway is called The Kill.
Cross the road into Buttons Ramsey. Follow the track round and join the road by the Cross Keys public house (point 6).
Turn left for 100 yards and turn right at the footpath sign by a farm building. Walk alongside the hedge and across a field (can be muddy in the winter months) to reach a stile. Go over, keep to the left hand edge of the field and continue to a narrow path that leads out to Keeley Lane (point 7).
Cross the road, turning right for 10yards, and go through a kissing gate. Bear right and head for a field gate in the corner. Go through the gate (if it is closed there is a stile to the left) and keep to the right hand edge of the field to reach a gap in the hedge.
Go diagonally (left) across the field to another kissing gate and continue in the same direction to a kissing gate that leads onto a track in Hall End. (point 8)
Turn left, go through the gate and keeping the hedge on your left the path continues to join Lorraine Road by the cemetery.
Turn right then right again at Cause End Road. Take the first left down St Mary's Road, right onto Tithe Barn Road and after 30 yards turn left on the alleyway to enter the recreation ground. Follow the hard surface path to return to the Village Hall.
This walk was produced by Wootton Parish Council and published in the November 2011 edition of Wootton News. Further information about Wootton can be obtained from the Parish Clerk - firstname.lastname@example.org