Starting in Toddington or Harlington this is a 4¾ mile (8 km) walk largely over arable fields so it is good when the ground is dry, but difficult after recent ploughing. The first part is over land managed by Heathcote Farms who normally keep the paths clear of crops, some fields later in the route are in ‘set aside' which can make the path more difficult to negotiate. The route is stile free with some 16 gates and may have some fields with sheep or horses grazing. In good weather with firm ground allow about 2 hours for the walk.
ADVICE FOR DOG WALKERS:
Subject to following the Country Code, for much of the route a dog can be off the lead, with the exception of the sections over grazing fields and some minimal distance along roadside pavements. There are dog bins on Toddington village green and adjacent to the path after turning off the road past Harlington railway station. Dependent on the time of year there is water in various streams & ditches.
The A5120 passes through Toddington which is just under a mile south west of junction 12 of the M1. There is restricted and unrestricted on-street parking around the centre of Toddington & Harlington. Other parking is available at the Toddington Village Hall, off Leighton Road, subject to functions. Parking at Harlington station is chargeable.
At the old pump on Toddington village green or Harlington Station
Length: 4.75 miles (8 km)
Time: 2 hours
Surface Types: A full range of surfaces is encountered on this walk, from hard, firm ground with and without loose stones, across hard but variable surfaces with loose stones, across grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts, and across cultivated ground and farmland.
Linear Gradient: Some gradients are steeper than 1:6
Cross Falls: Some cross falls are steeper than 1:9
Width Restriction: There are no restrictions less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There are no stiles, 14 kissing gates with a width restriction less than 1000 mm, one 1-way and two 2-way opening gates on the walk, and one staggered barrier with a minimum restriction less than 950mm.
Refreshments: There are pubs and shops in Toddington and Harlington.
Public Toilets: None recorded
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: There are seats at Toddington Village Green.
© 2005-2015, Tom Chevalier
Suggestions or problems with this route to RoW@chevalier.me.uk
Updated: October 2015