John Bunyan Trail
Follow in the footsteps of John Bunyan, the Puritan Evangelist and author of the book 'Pilgrim's Progress'. The walk visits many historic villages associated with Bunyan. It starts at Streatley and visits Sharpenhoe, Harlington, Westoning, Steppingley, Flitwick, Ampthill, Millbrook, Ridgmont, Cranfield, Bromham, Stevington, Pavenham, Oakley, Clapham, Bedford, Elstow, Shefford, Meppershall, Shillington, Hexton and Barton le Clay before returning to Streatley. There's some beautiful Bedfordshire countryside to enjoy including Sharpenhoe Clappers, the Barton Hills, the Pegsdon Hills and views of the Chiltern Hills for much of the walk.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring a silhouette of John Bunyan.
John Bunyan Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
John Bunyan Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
John Bunyan Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
John Bunyan Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
One nice place to stop off at on the trail is the delightful village of Barton le Clay near Sharpenhoe. Here you'll find the 19th century Royal Oak which has good facilites with a car park and a lovely garden area to relax in on warmer days. There's also a good menu and fine selection of real ales. Highly recommended are their delicious pizzas! You can find the pub on the Bedford Road with postcode of MK45 4JX for your sat navs.
The Swan is located close to the river and mill in the pretty Bedfordshire village of Bromham. The Georgian Inn serves a good Sunday lunch and has a good selection of ales. You can find them at Bridge End with postcode MK43 8LS for your sat navs.
In Flitwick you can stop off at The Crown. 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. The village is also worth exploring with a medieval church and the Georgian Flitwick Manor, which is Grade II listed. Just to the east there's also the Flitwick Moor Nature reserve to explore. The Site of Special Scientific Interest is the largest area of wetland in Bedfordshire. The circular walk from the village also visits Flitton where you'll find the De Grey Mausoleum. The English Heritage run site is one of the largest sepulchral chapels in the country. The Grade I listed Mausoleum contains over twenty monuments to the de Grey family who lived in nearby Wrest Park in Silsoe.