GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Flitwick Walks

4 miles (6.5 km)

This Bedfordshire based town sits in a nice location on the River Flit, near Bedford and Ampthill. Landmarks in the town include a medievalchurch and the Georgian Flitwick Manor, which is Grade II listed.
This circular walk from the town explores Flitwick Moor Nature Reserve before heading to the neighbouring village of Flitton.
The walk starts in the town centre, near to the train station. From here you head east to Flitwick Mill before coming to the moor. There's some nice woodland trails and views of the River Flit to be found here. It's good for wildlife too with various woodland birds and muntjac deer to look out for.
The route continues north east past Greenfield before reaching Flitton. The village is notable for the De Grey Mausoleum. The English Heritage run site is one of the largest sepulchral chapels in the country.TheGrade I listed Mausoleumcontains over twenty monuments to the de Grey family who lived in nearbyWrest Park. Here you head west across the attractive Flitton Moor to Ruxox House. At these point the route links with the John Bunyan Trail, a long distance trail which you can follow south west back to Flitwick.

Postcode

MK45 1LA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Flitwick OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Flitwick Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Flitwick

  • Ampthill Park - Climb the Greensand Ridge and enjoy wonderful views over Bedfordshire in this pretty park in Ampthill
  • Greensand Ridge Walk - A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay
  • Maulden Woods - Enjoy miles of nice woodland walking trails in this popular wood in Maulden, Bedfordshire
  • Wrest Park - Explore 92 acres of landscaped early eighteenth-century garden in this lovely walk in Silsoe
  • John Bunyan Trail - Follow in the footsteps of John Bunyan, the Puritan Evangelist and author of the book 'Pilgrim's Progress'
  • Stewartby Lake Country Park - Also known as Millennium Country Park, this lovely area covers over 500 acres and includes woodland, grassland, meadow, lakes and wetland habitats
  • Shefford - This Bedfordshire based town is close to several areas of woodland with miles of walking and cycling trails to try
  • Rowney Warren Wood - These woods in Bedfordshire have walking trails, a BMX trail and mountain bike trails to try
  • Bedford Park - Enjoy an easy stroll around this pretty park near the centre of Bedford
  • Barton Hills - Visit the Barton Hills National Nature Reserve and enjoy peaceful walking trails in the Chilterns
  • Chicksands Wood - These woods in central Bedfordshire have some good walking trails to try
  • Sharpenhoe Clappers - Visit this classic chalk escarpment in the Chilterns and enjoy wonderful views across this beautiful area
  • Clophill and Haynes Circular Walk - A circular walk visiting the settlements of Clophill and Haynes in Bedfordshire

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village The Crown is a good choice for post walk refreshment. They have a good menu and a lovely large garden area for warmer days. You can find them on Station Road at postcode MK45 1LA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The moor and woodland are a fine place for a dog walk. The Crown mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north there's Ampthill Park where you can enjoy a climb to the Greensand Ridge for wonderful views over the county.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.

Photos

Mill race, wheel and old mill, Flitwick - geograph.org.uk - 1517014

Mill race, wheel and old mill, Flitwick. A close view of the disused and (I believe) converted water mill. This photo was taken looking over the bridge that allows the water of the mill race to flow under Greenfield Road having originally turned theWater wheel adjoining the old mill. A low wooden footbridge can be seen crossing the leat here in front of the mill. This water wheel once supplied power tothe mill, though it looks as though it's been a number of years since it last turned. Perhaps with the growth of interest in renewable energy resources, it could be harnessed up to an electricity generator and have a new lease of life. Behind the wheel can be seen the wooden railing atop a little footbridge which crosses the mill race here.

Flitwick Moor - geograph.org.uk - 2377862

Flitwick Moor. ASite of Special Scientific Interest and the largest area of wetland in Bedfordshire.

On the two moors heritage trail. - geograph.org.uk - 1316919

On the two moors heritage trail on Flitwick Moor. Footbridge across a small stream Raised walkway lifts you out of the wetlands surrounding.

Pond, Flitton Moor - geograph.org.uk - 2377869

Pond, Flitton Moor

Flitwick Manor - geograph.org.uk - 2359439

Flitwick Manor. The Grade II listed house dates from 1632 and is now a hotel.

Flitton Village Hall - geograph.org.uk - 871490

Flitton Village Hall. The Hall is on a sharp bend in the High Street opposite the Church. To the stranger whether this is the 'Flitton & Greenfield Village Hall' mentioned in various places on the internet is a moot point as all the mapping websites point to a location about 500 metres south of here. However the online Flitton Conservation Area brochure refers to this building as 'The Village Hall' so... The road verge in front of the Hall is occupied by all sorts of village street furniture paraphernalia. Visible are the village postbox, the postman's letter storage cabinet, a water company marker headstone, the village sign, the parish notice board, a K6 telephone box, a road sign, a litter bin and a telegraph pole. The logo on the left side of village sign contains the date 1951 and commemorates 'The Festival of Britain' of that year.

Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Flitwick (geograph 4299764)

Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

River Flit - geograph.org.uk - 1517076

River Flit

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