Dunstable Downs Circular Walk


The Downs are set within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an abundance of flora and fauna characteristic of chalk grasslands. See the Five Knolls Round Barrow Cemetery from the late Neolithic period, the only such site in the county. The walk passes through the village of Totternhoe.

The Chilterns Gateway Centre has toilets, car parking and a cafe.

How To Get There By Passenger Transport

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How To Get There By Car

Dunstable is just east of Junction 11 of the M1, on the A505. The Downs can be reached from the A5.
There is a car park at Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre where there is a car park charge.

Start/Finish Point

Dunstable Downs is the suggested starting point and the walk is described in an anti-clockwise direction. However, it can also be started from the National Trust car park on Bison Hill (see map) and the walk can be shortened to approximately 4½ miles following the details shown on the map at point 7.

Access and General Information

Distance: 6½ miles / 10.4km   Time: 3½ hours

Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm, to hard and firm with no stones greater than 10mm, to hard and firm with some loose, variable sized stones, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Stile Free
Refreshments: There is a pub (The Old Farm Inn) at Totternhoe. There is a general store and newsagents at West Street (about 100m from the walk). Refreshments are also available at the Chilterns Gateway Centre (when open).
Public Toilets: At the Chilterns Gateway Centre (when open).

Route Description

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This is one of a series of circular walk leaflets produced by Central Bedfordshire Council. 

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