Biggleswade Walks - The Green Wheel
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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Biggleswade Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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
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.