Old Warden Circular Walk


Explore the countryside around the pretty villages of Old Warden, Northill and Ickwell Green. Stunning landscape views and walks through the woodlands and villages offer an insight into the history of the area.

How To Get There By Passenger Transport

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How To Get There By Car

Old Warden is signposted from the A600, about 6 miles south east of Bedford.
There is parking at Old Warden Village Hall car park - please park considerately. There is alternative parking at St Leonard's Church or in Northill or Ickwell.

The Hare and Hounds in Old Warden and The Crown in Northill have kindly agreed to allow parking for walkers who take refreshments there.

Start/Finish Point

Old Warden church is the suggested starting point. However, you can begin at any other point and walk in either direction.

Access and General Information

Length: 7¾ miles (12.5km)
Time: 4 hours

Access Information:

Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones greater than 5mm in size, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is between 1:6 and 1:9 (at Point 11 and in Home Wood); there are other gradients of between 1:10 and 1:13 at Point 10.
Cross Falls: There is a cross fall of 1:7 at Point 1.
Width Restriction: There is a width restriction of 755mm at the sleeper bridge and one of 385mm in Old Warden.
Steps: There are 8 steps with a maximum step height of 180mm on the approach to Old Warden chruch, and 14 steps with a maximum height of 180mm on the path leading out of Old Warden.
Barriers: There are 5 kissing gates with a restriction of less than 1000mm, and one with a restriction of 545mm at Point 11. There are 3 staggered barriers with a restriction of 670mm and one with a restriction of 640mm. There is one 1-way opening gate with a width of greater than 750mm at Point 10. There is one 2-step stile in Home Wood.
Refreshments: There are two pubs - The Hare and Hounds in Old Warden and The Crown in Old Warden
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables:
None recorded.
Seats: There are seats outside the public houses at Northill and by the village church and pond. There is also seating at Ickwell Green.

Route Description

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This is one of a series of circular walk leaflets produced by Central Bedfordshire Council.Click here for the Council's Countryside page.