GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kingfisher Way

21 miles (34 km)

This is a delightful walk along the River Ivel from Baldock to Roxton. You start off at the source of the river at Ivel springs, Baldock, and follow the river north through Stotfold, Henlow, Langford, Biggleswade, Sandy and Blunham.
Walk highlights are the series of pretty, riverside villages with historic churches and watermills. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the Henlow Common and Langford Meadow Nature Reserve at Langford. This 50 acre reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and consists of grassland, scrubland, native trees, bushes and a running stream.
Also of interest is the Warren Villas Nature Reserve where there is also a plethora of water loving wildlife. The reserve features an island lake, home to wintering wildfowl and in summer breeding terns. The reserve is on route and situated just to the north of Biggleswade.
Other highlights include the 17th century Henlow Grange and park which is now used as a health and beauty farm visited by the rich and famous.

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Kingfisher Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kingfisher Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

One nice place to stop for a rest and refreshment is the splendid Jordan's Mill near Biggleswade. The site includes the delightful Riverside Café where you can sit outside and enjoy rest and refreshment with views over the river. There's also some lovely wildlflower gardens surrounding the historic Victorian flour mill. 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.
In Henlow there's the Engineer's Arms. The pub dates from 1830 and serves a fine range of ales. Celebrities can sometimes be seen in the pub, coming from the nearby Champneys Health farm. You can find them at 68 High Street, SG16 6AA.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In Sandy you will pass very close to the Lodge Nature Reserve. The reserve is notable as the headquarters for the RSPB and includes an excellent visitor centre, formal gardens, woodland, heathland and lots of wildlife. It is worth a small detour east from the route just before you reach Sandy.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks and the Hertfordshire Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Kingfisher Way on the Ivel - geograph.org.uk - 1285331

Kingfisher Way on the River Ivel

Spring feeding the Ivel. - geograph.org.uk - 113844

Spring feeding the Ivel at Radwell. This spring moves around. When there has been more rainfall, water emerges from further away from the Ivel (which runs through the bushes in this shot). There is a water course marked on the map and the spring may emerge from a number of places along it. It is in Ivel Springs Local Nature Reserve.

River Ivel in Stotfold 2

River Ivel in Stotfold

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

River Ivel in Biggleswade. Viewed looking downstream from the A6001 Hill Lane bridge.

River Ivel in Henlow 2

Henlow

River Ivel in Langford - geograph.org.uk - 612859

Langford. Viewed looking downstream towards Langford Mill, a former cotton mill. The boom is collecting surface debris and preventing it from reaching the mill.

The Riddy and River Ivel 2

The River Ivel in The Riddy, a Local Nature Reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire, managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

The view from Blunham bridge of the upstream River Ivel - geograph.org.uk - 1285341

The view from Blunham bridge of the upstream Ivel

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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NB GPS file for this route only details route start - route is waymarked from there in

Memory Map Route

Kingfisher Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)