GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Toddington Walk

11 miles (17.8 km)

This Bedfordshire based village sits on a major long distance trail and is surrounded by some lovely Chilterns countryside.
There's also a picturesque village green, a fine market square, a 13th century church and several good pubs for rest and refreshment after your exercise.
This circular walk from the village uses sections of the Icknield Way Path, the John Bunyan Trail, the Chiltern Way and other public footpaths to visit two of the local walking highlights at Sundon Hills Country Park and Sharpenhoe Clappers.
The route starts on the eastern side of the village where you can pick up the Icknield Way Path and follow the waymarked trail east to the Sundon Hills, crossing the train line and the M1 motorway as you go.
The route then heads north east where you climb to the National Trust's Sharpenhoe Clappers. Here you'll find a classic chalk escarpment with woodland trails and fine views over the surrounding Chilterns countryside.
The route then heads south, passing through the Smithcombe Valley before coming to the village of Streatley. You then head west back through the country park before turning south to visit Upper Sundon. The final section then follows bridle track west to Horse Hill Farm where you pick up the Icknield Way again and follow it north west to return to Toddington.
The walk can easily be extended at the eastern end to visit Barton Hills National Nature Reserve where there's lots more interesting flora and fauna to see.

Postcode

LU5 6BP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Toddington OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Toddington Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Toddington

  • Sundon Hills Country Park - Climb to a height of over 500 feet and enjoy wonderful views over the Bedfordshire countryside on this circular walk near Luton
  • Sharpenhoe Clappers - Visit this classic chalk escarpment in the Chilterns and enjoy wonderful views across this beautiful area
  • Dunstable Downs Country Park - Climb Dunstable Downs and enjoy breathtaking views over the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beautyon this circular walk in Whipsnade
  • Barton Hills - Visit the Barton Hills National Nature Reserve and enjoy peaceful walking trails in the Chilterns
  • Ickleford River and Nature Reserve Circular Walk - This attractive Hertfordshire based village is located just north of Hitchin on the west bank of the River Hiz
  • Woburn Park - This walk takes you through the beautiful Woburn Park in Befordshire
  • Wrest Park - Explore 92 acres of landscaped early eighteenth-century garden in this lovely walk in Silsoe
  • Aspley Woods - These 800 acre woods near Milton Keynes have some good mountain bike trails and miles of footpaths.
  • Bow Brickhill - This walk explores the woodland to the east of the village of Bow Brickhill in the Borough of Milton Keynes.
  • Rushmere Country Park - Explore 400 acres of lakes, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath in this country park in Leighton Buzzard
  • Pegsdon Hills - Enjoy a climb to Deacon Hill and enjoy wonderful views over the Chilterns on this walk in the Pegsdon Hills
  • Leighton Buzzard - This Bedfordshire based market town is located close to a canal, two fine country parks and the Chiltern Hills AONB
  • Oughtonhead Common - This walk takes you around the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve in Hitchin.
  • Luton - This Befordshire based town has nice walks along the River Lea and is also close to the Chilterns Hills AONB where there are excellent walking opportunites

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village you can enjoy post walk rest and refreshment at the Oddfellows Inn. The friendly old pub dates back over 700 years and is located in a nice spot on the Market Square at postcode LU5 6BP for your sat navs. There's a cosy interior and nice garden area for warmer weather.

Dog Walking

The woodland, parkland and country trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Oddfellows mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Photos

Market Square, Toddington - geograph.org.uk - 579960

Market Square. Taken from the churchyard ofthe Parish Church of St. George of England looking across to the green area in the middle of Toddington. This green is bounded by Market Square. The War Memorial can be seen ahead on the left, it is in the angle made by the junction of Church Square and Market Square.

Parish Church of St. George of England, Toddington - geograph.org.uk - 578849

Parish Church of St. George of England. Considering St. George is England's patron saint, surprisingly few churches are dedicated to him in my experience. Well this one is - and a fine old church it is too, the oldest parts dating from the C13th.

Sundon Hills - geograph.org.uk - 400

From Sundon Hills, looking North east. Sundon Hills are believed to be the inspiration for 'The Delectable Mountains' in John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress'.

Sharpenhoe Clappers, viewed from West, on Sundon Hills - geograph.org.uk - 252143

Sharpenhoe Clappers, viewed from West, on Sundon Hills

From Sharpenhoe Clappers towards Harlington - geograph.org.uk - 354715

From Sharpenhoe Clappers towards Harlington

War Memorial, Upper Sundon - geograph.org.uk - 234102

War Memorial, Upper Sundon

Main Line ^ Icknield Way - geograph.org.uk - 1829275

Main Line, Icknield Way

Chiltern Way - geograph.org.uk - 2154062

Chiltern Way south of the village

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