Aspley Guise Walk 2 - The Mermaid Pond


History, Wildlife, Enjoyable Walks. The peaceful village of Aspley Guise offers opportunities to explore its distinctive landscape and interesting past. It's easily accessible by train to Aspley Guise Station requiring a short walk to the Square in the village centre where the walk starts.

The Mermaid Pond Walk begins at the Square and crosses Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands golf course. Onto Woburn Sands entering Aspley Wood following footpaths passing Mermaid Pond. From there it follows footpaths beyond Birchmoor Lodge before returning to Aspley Guise via Gypsy Lane.

How To Get There By Passenger Transport

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How To Get There By Car

Aspley Guise is situated just south of Junction 13 of the M1. From Bedford follow the A421 to Junction 13 and continue straight over the motorway onto the A507.

Parking is available in the Village Hall car park on Spinney Lane.

Start/Finish Point

This circular walk starts and finishes in the Square facing Moore Place Hotel.

Access and General Information

Length: 5 miles (8 km)
Time: About 2.5 hours

Access Information:

Surface Types: The walk goes across varied surfaces ranging from a hard, firm surface to grass or uncultivated earth paths and through woodland. It is advisable to wear suitable footwear. Early in the walk there is a steep slope with a hand rail as you walk up footpath 17. At the end of footpath 18 you join a country road Gypsy Lane for a short distance before walking along footpath 8 towards Aspley Guise Lower School and returning to the Square.

The walk is stile free.

Refreshments: Refreshments are available at local pubs. The Anchor is by the Square. The Swan and The Fir Tree in Woburn Sands are around halfway round this walk.

Route Description

Click here to download the route and map.

The Mermaid Pond walk can be followed using the ‘Enjoy Aspley Guise’ leaflet. The FP/BW numbers given in the Route Description are noted in the leaflet.
Click here to download the leaflet.


The leaflet 'Enjoy Aspley Guise' was published by Aspley Guise Parish Council and sponsored by The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership and Central Bedfordshire Council.

The walk was prepared and mapped by members of The Volunteer Group P3 for Aspley Guise.