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

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.
Stile free:
Refreshments: There are two pubs - The Hare and Hounds in Old Warden and The Crown in Old Warden
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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(Please note, this leaflet refers to the Birds of Prey Centre in Shuttleworth Estate. This has been moved out of Central Bedfordshire, to Cotton End. If you wish to use the Old Warden Village Hall car park, please check availability with the Village Hall Booking Agent on 07903 384389 or email oldwardenvillagehall@gmail.com)


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

Click here for more CBC walk leaflets.