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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday Walk Footloose and Fancy Free in Flitwick

SWC 231 – Flitwick Circular T=SWC.231

Distance:  15.2 Miles or 24.4 km for those more metrically minded (or a shorter option of 10.8 miles/17.3 km)

Difficulty:  5 out of 10

Train:  Take the 9:49 AM Bedford bound Thameslink service from London St. Pancras, arriving at Flitwick at 10:42. Return trains from Flitwick are at 26 and 56 past the hour until 18:56; then, 19:29; 20:00; 20:30 and 21:08. Buy a day return to Flitwick. For those looking for a more relaxed start to the day, you could take a train an hour later and take the pre-lunch short cut which should have you arriving at the lunch village about the same time.

This is a varied walk through Bedfordshire, just north of the eastern edge of the Chilterns.  Initially, it follows the Flit river along the edges of Flitwick moor before passing by some interesting Grade I listed buildings (De Grey Mausoleum and Wrest House). Eventually, it follows the Greensand Ridge and crosses Flitwick moor en route back to Flitwick.  You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

There are three suggested lunch venues in Clophill (9.5 miles/15.2 km into the walk)—the Flying Horse (01525 860 293), the Stone Jug (01525 860 526) and the Green Man Italian Restaurant (01525 860 352). Please do call ahead with numbers….

Tea and post walk refreshments can be had at the Crown or the Swan back in Flitwick.

Enjoy the walk!


Anonymous said...

Planning to do the main walk. Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

Me too

Anonymous said...

n=12, w=sunny spells followed by cloud and intermittent drizzle. Two stopped at the mausoleum and never rejoined the group, six diverged after an hour onto the short cut leaving four hardier types to do the main walk. An interesting and varied walk with plenty of sights and fauna to enjoy although a bit too much mud. On arriving in Clophill we found the Stone Jug doesn't do food on Sundays, while the Flying Horse and Green Man were both fully booked out for Mothers Day and the corner shop was shut. We soldiered on bravely to the George in Malden, taking an unintentional detour on the way and three stayed for a very late lunch, while one pressed on to get an earlier train, and just two stayed on for the final pub stop back in Flitwick.

Stargazer said...

Just to supplement the above report, the main walk certainly includes a number of interesting features -- including the remains of a Norman castle and a very atmospheric church that we spent some time exploring. In terms of fauna, the highlights were also very varied....including some very young lambs, two male turkeys with full tail plumage and a muntjac deer on the outskirts of Flitwick.