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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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.
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