Ampthill Walks - Ampthill Park Walk
Climb the Greensand Ridge and enjoy wonderful views over Bedfordshire in this pretty park in Ampthill. The park has good footpaths taking you to the high points and then around the pretty lake. There are also woodland trails in Laurel Wood and the option of extending your walk to the nearby Cooper's Hill which lies just to the south. In the park you will also find Katherine’s Cross - a memorial to Katherine of Aragon who stayed at the former Ampthill Castle.
If you would like to continue your walk you could pick up the Greensand Ridge long distance walking trail which runs through the park. If you follow it east you will soon come to Maulden Woods where there are lots of nice woodland walking trails through semi-natural broadleaf woodland, acidic grassland and conifer plantations.
PostcodeMK45 2HX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Ampthill Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ampthill Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ampthill Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ampthill Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the Queen's Head in Ampthill for some refreshments after your walk. This charming 18th century tavern is located in a great spot close to the park and the Greensand Ridge walk. There's a nice low-beamed saloon bar and a lounge to relax in here. The pub’s name refers to Catherine of Aragon who was imprisoned in Ampthill Castle while Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and broke from the church of Rome. You can find them on Woburn Street with a postcode of MK45 2HP for your sat navs.
There's also the on site Ampthill Hub cafe which sells a good range of meals and snacks.
The woodland and parkland are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your walk. There are bins dotted around the park and you are asked to please keep them on leads around the car park and outside the cafe area. The Queen's Head pub mentioned above is dog friendly. Dogs are not allowed in the Hub cafe but there is seating outside where you can find water and biscuits for your dog.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head to nearby Silsoe and you can enjoy easy trails around Wrest Park. There's 92 acres of landscaped early eighteenth-century gardens to explore here.
A couple of miles north of the park you'll find Stewartby Lake Country Park. There are some nice easy trails running around the park's large lakes. There's also 500 acres of parkland, woodland, grassland, meadow, and wetland habitats with wildlife to look out for. You can reach the park by following public footpaths north west past Millbrook for about 2 miles.
The long distance John Bunyan Trail also passes through the area. The epic waymarked trail can be used to further explore the countryside surrounding Ampthill.
Just to the south there's the neighbouring town of Flitwick where there's the Flitwick Moor Nature reserve to explore. The Site of Special Scientific Interest is the largest area of wetland in Bedfordshire. The village is also worth exploring with a medieval church and the Georgian Flitwick Manor, which is Grade II listed.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.