GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Greensand Ridge Walk

40 miles (64 km)

A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. The route follows a ridge of greensand which rises from the clay vales on either side.
You will pass through Woburn Park, Millbrook, Maulden Woods, Chicksands Wood, Ampthilll Park and Sandy with some delightful countrsyside, woodland trails and fabulous views to enjoy.

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Greensand Ridge Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Greensand Ridge Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

The Stone Jug is located on the route in the village of Clophill and a fine place to stop for a break and something to eat. It's a place of some historic note having been converted to a pub from a 16th century building. It's name may have something to do with the local quarry stone which the building is mostly constructed from. The pub is nestled on a quiet rural lane has a rear decking area which in the summer months catches all the afternoon and early evening sun - perfect for a relaxing sit down. During the colder months you can sip a mulled wine and relax in the attractive interior beside one of the many fires. You can find the pub in Clophill close to Chicksands and Maulden Wood. The address is 10 Back Street with a postcode of MK45 4BY for your sat navs.

Most of the trail is great for dog walking with lots of large woodland areas perfect for your pooch. The Stone Jug pub mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Near to Clophill you will find the interesting Cainhoe Castle which is worth a small detour from the walk if you have time. 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.

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Photos

Fence line - geograph.org.uk - 1752666

Fence line. Edge of Maulden woods on the Greensand Ridge walk

Greensand Ridge Walk - geograph.org.uk - 809864

To the south is Stockgrove Park and further along the footpath Greensand Ridge & the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk join together along the same path for a time to cross the A5 and head up past Aspen Farm.

The Greensand Ridge Walk - geograph.org.uk - 642794

Continues up the hill. The "T" at the top of the hill is a signpost marking the route of local footpaths

Line of footpath towards Cople from Greensand Ridge Walk footpath - geograph.org.uk - 515874

Line of footpath towards Cople from Greensand Ridge Walk footpath. Field part of Sweetbrier Farm, land rises slightly ahead before the dip over the Greensand Ridge, view in the distance is west of Bedford

Sweetbrier Farm from Greensand Ridge Walk footpath - geograph.org.uk - 515870

Sweetbrier Farm from the footpath. Field has just been 'Combined'; footpath is also Old Warden circular footpath; farmhouse just visible between trees beyond the field.

Greensands ridge walk - geograph.org.uk - 387827

View of the trail just east of Sandy

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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