GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Clophill and Haynes Circular Walk

7 miles (11 km)

A circular walk visiting the settlements of Clophill and Haynes in Bedfordshire. The route runs for about 7 miles with a few small climbs, some woodland stretches and a visit to an ancient church on the way.
The walk starts in Clophill where you can pick up the Greensand Ridge Walk and follow the waymarked trail north east to Pedley Wood and Chicksands Wood. There's some peaceful woodland trails here which will take you up to Appley Corner before reaching the village of Haynes.
From Haynes you the follow public footpaths south west to Sandpit Farm before passing Northfield College and returining to Clophill. You can extend the walk by heading north west from the village to visit the nearby Maulden Woods.

Postcode

MK45 4AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Clophill and Haynes Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Clophill and Haynes Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in Clophill The Flying Horse is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The premium pub includes a lovely courtyard and garden where you can enjoy a meal on a warm day. You can find them on the Green at postcode MK45 4AD for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and country trails make for a fine dog walk. The Flying Horse mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the route be sure to explore the atmospheric ruins of St Mary's Church in Clophill. The ruined church at the village edge is aGrade II* listed building and dates from around 1350.
Also in the Clophill area you will find the interesting Cainhoe Castle. The hill is the site of the a former 11th-century Norman castle but today only the turf-covered mound remains, with earthwork banks outlining the bailey enclosure. It's a nice climb to the top though and there are good views of the surrounding countryside from the elevated position of the site. There is a public footpath from the High Street in Clophill, opposite Town Shott, heading east out to the castle. The field has permissive access, so visitors can explore freely.
Just east of Chicksands there are some good walking and cycling trails in Rowney Warren Wood near the town of Shefford.
Head a few miles to the west and you can enjoy some good trails around Ampthill Park. You can also climb the Greensand Ridge here and enjoy fine views over the area. Just to the south of Ampthill there's the neighbouring town of Flitwick where you'll find the Flitwick Moor Nature reserve. TheSite of Special Scientific Interest is the largest area of wetland in Bedfordshire. The village is also worth exploring with a medievalchurch and the Georgian Flitwick Manor, which is Grade II listed.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.

Photos

Clophill village green and High St, Beds - geograph.org.uk - 64559

Clophill village green and High St, Beds. View towards the A6 with the Flying Horse pub on the corner.

St Mary's Old Church, Clophill - geograph.org.uk - 2816961

St Mary's Old Ruined Church, Clophill. Redundant since 1972, the church stands on a lonely hilltop north of the village; it has a rich history of myths and legends.

Longhorns taking a rest beside the Greensand Ridge Walk, Clophill, Beds - geograph.org.uk - 64926

Longhorns taking a rest beside the Greensand Ridge Walk, Clophill, Beds

House and Victorian water pump, Haynes Church End - geograph.org.uk - 829896

House and Victorian water pump, Haynes Church End. A cast iron pump erected in 1867. The box cover above the spout bears the inscription 'O YE WELLS BLESS YE THE LORD'.

Pilgrim Cottage, Northwood End Road - geograph.org.uk - 824850

Pilgrim Cottage, Northwood End Road. Pilgrims rested here before their final destination, Chicksands Priory. John Bunyan is also reputed to have preached here.

Along Greensands Ridge Walk - geograph.org.uk - 400458

Along Greensands Ridge Walk

Green Man Public House - geograph.org.uk - 276363

Green Man Public House

Farmland west of Great Lane, Clophill, Beds - geograph.org.uk - 64928

Farmland west of Great Lane, Clophill, Beds

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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