GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Biggleswade Walks - The Green Wheel

9 miles (14 km)

This market town in Bedfordshire has fine trails along the peaceful River Ivel and some attractive local countryside to explore.
This circular walk or cycle around the town follows the waymarked Biggleswade Green Wheel and the Kingfisher Way through the surrounding area. On the way you'll pass local historic mills and enjoy some easy riverside footpaths.
The walk starts just to the west of the train station and town centre on the River Ivel. Follow the waterside path north to Manor Farm and then head east to Biggleswade Common. You then follow footpaths south through the countryside to the east of the town before continuing to Holme. The route then rejoins the river path and heads north to return to the start point. On the last section you'll pass the noteworthy Jordan's Mill. There's some lovely wildlflower gardens surrounding this historic Victorian flour mill which is a popular local attraction and one of the local highlights. At the site you can learn all about Bedfordshire's interesting flour production history from the excellent your guides. You can find the mill on the route at postcode SG18 9JX for your sat navs.

Biggleswade OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Biggleswade Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Biggleswade

  • Kingfisher Way - This is a delightful walk along the River Ivel from Baldock to Roxton
  • Greensand Ridge Walk - A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay
  • Clopton Way - This walk runs from Wimpole Hall to Gamlingay via the abandoned medieval village of Clopton
  • Baldock - This walk from Baldock visits two pretty nature reserves along the River Ivel which flows through the area
  • Wimpole Hall - This 17th century country house near Cambridge is surrounded by 3,000 acres of parkland and farmland
  • St Neots - This pretty town in Cambridgeshire has some lovely country and riverside walks to try
  • Ouse Valley Way - Follow the River Great Ouse from the source at Brackley, Northamptonshire, to the mouth at The Wash at King's Lynn
  • Sandy - This Bedfordshire based market town has some nice waterside trails along the River Ivel and a significant local nature reserve to explore.
  • Potton Wood - These peaceful woods are located a couple of miles east of the small town of Potton in Bedfordshire.
  • Stotfold - This is a lovely riverside walk to the picturesque Stotfold Mill in Bedfordshire near Baldock and Letchworth.
  • Arlesey - This small town in Bedfordshire is located close to two rivers where you can enjoy some easy waterside walking.
  • Shefford - This Bedfordshire based town is close to several areas of woodland with miles of walking and cycling trails to try
  • Henlow - This Bedfordshire based village is known for its 12th century church and the Champneys Health farm which is used by the rich and famous

Pubs/Cafes

The Stratton House Hotel is an interesting place for some post walk refreshment. The fine timber-framed building dates all the way back to the 17th century and even joined the war effort, when it became the Civil Defence HQ in 1940. They have pub and restaurant dining with seating inside and out. You can find them on London Road with a postcode of SG18 8ED for your sat navs.
Jordan's Mill mentioned above also has a delightful Riverside Café to try. You can sit outside and enjoy rest and refreshment with views over the river.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you continue north along the river it will take you to Sandy where you can pick up the Greensand Ridge Walk. There's also the lovely Lodge Nature Reserve to visit on the Sandy Walk. The reserve is notable as the headquarters of the RSPB and includes an excellent visitor centre with formal gardens. You can also pick up the Bedford to Sandy Country Way and visit Priory Country Park on a dismantled railway line.
To the north east you can pick up the long distance Clopton Way in Potton Wood where there are pretty bluebells in the spring. There's the riverside Ouse Valley Way Walk to try in nearby St Neots too.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.

Photos

River Ivel in Biggleswade - geograph.org.uk - 612540

River Ivel in Biggleswade

Biggleswade, Ivel Mill - geograph.org.uk - 611781

Ivel Mill. There has been a watermill on this site on the River Ivel for over a thousand years, but after a fire in 1945 the building was used as warehouse, and then converted into flats in 1982.

Biggleswade, George's Hall - geograph.org.uk - 612474

George's Hall. Opened in 1912 on the High Street, the Hall is named after the Liberal politician David Lloyd George, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time. The Hall is still occupied by the Liberal Club. Although the brickwork of the façade appears to be fine, on close inspection the window frames appear to look very shabby now. The pub next door on the right is the Golden Pheasant.

Biggleswade, The Market House - geograph.org.uk - 609922

The Market House. Originally built in 1565 as an administrative building for Biggleswade's market, The Market House was moved and substantially reconstructed in 1937 in order to accommodate the widening of the High Street, which was at that time on the old A1 road to the north from London. The original 16th century oak-framed roof was however preserved in the building in its new location. The building is now the home of the Peking Diner and Acorn Estate Agents.

Biggleswade.The Crown Hotel

The Crown Hotel. The Crown's history as a coaching inn on the old A1 road through Biggleswade is evidenced by the large and high gate at the far end where the old sign advertising livery and bait for sale has been retained. However the Crown's main claim to fame is that it was the place where the Great Fire of Biggleswade began on 16 June 1785. It was apparently started due to the carelessness of a servant who dumped ashes from the kitchen fire in the hotel yard near some dry straw. The ensuing inferno destroyed nearly a third of Biggleswade. The loss was estimated at £22,500, a fortune at the time. The Crown was however rebuilt and opened again in 1793.

Furzenhall Farm - geograph.org.uk - 390265

Furzenhall Farm on the common

Holme Mills sluice and River Ivel Navigation disused lock - geograph.org.uk - 611657

Holme Mills sluice and River Ivel Navigation disused lock. This sluice is part of the water level control equipment on the River Ivel at Holme Mills. Originally the river flowed through Holme Mills but when the River Ivel Navigation was extended from Biggleswade upstream to Shefford in 1823 a series of locks were built to bypass the various mills. The Navigation was abandoned in 1876 when the competition from the railways made transport by boat uneconomic.

Visitor Centre at Jordans Mill (geograph 3458691)

Visitor Centre at Jordans Mill

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