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23 Mar 2017  22:09

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Why Walk?

The average adult is supposed to do 30 minutes of exercise 5 times week. Walking more often is a great way to fit this into your day.

There are also a number of personal heath and well being benefits to be gained from walking and cycling:

  • Lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Stronger bones
  • A strengthened immune system
  • Better weight management
  • Increased energy levels
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Better sleep
  • Can save you money.

Walking is most suitable for journeys under two miles and can be combined with other methods to cover longer distances. There are over 2,200 kilometres of public rights of way which you can use to enjoy the Bedfordshire countryside, be it a footpath, bridleway or byway.

Planning your Route

A wide variety of information on leisure walks and public rights of way is available from www.letsgo.org.uk, including maps of the Dunstable Downs Circular Walk and Whipsnade Circular Walk. Maps are also available at most libraries and tourist information centres and ordnance survey maps can also be purchased at most bookshops for a more detailed insight.

Central Bedfordshire Council has produced a series of Travel Choices maps containing a range of useful information including short-cuts, crossing points and places of interest that will be useful when planning your journey. They also feature contact information for local walking groups. The maps have been produced as part of Central Bedfordshireís Travel Choices programme which aims to reduce traffic congestion and car-dependency by providing information to enable people to walk, cycle and use public transport more often.

See our travel choice maps section to download one for your area or if you live in the Dunstable area try the urban walking route planner at walkit.com.

If you would like to find others walking on similar routes to yourself, try using the online journey matching database, WalkBUDi.

Health Walks

Travel Choices helps to co-ordinate an active programme of free health walks in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard. These are sociable walks suitable for all, often exploring the countryside within easy reach of the town centres.

Why not watch our film about our local health walks?

Self-Guided Walks

Central Bedfordshire Council's countryside access team have designed some nice self-guided walks, most of which are circular and stile-free. You can print out directions and maps.

Local walks include Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade, Totternhoe and Rushmere. The Greensand Ridge Walk starts in Leighton Buzzard and can be broken down into stages.

For the full, county-wide list of walks, click here.

Lets Go is a great website with lots of walking resources on it.

Other Sources of Information

There are a large amount of other opportunities for walking locally.

Central Bedfordshire Council's leisure team run a series of short library walks as part of the Fit 4 Life 50+ programme.

The Bogtrotters are a local walking group. They organise local walks of various distances as well as walking trips away.

Other local walking groups include the Leighton Buzzard Ramblers and the Lea & Icknield Ramblers.

The U3A also have a comprehensive walking programme.

The Dunstable Town Guides run a series of history and ghost walks through the year.

The National Trust run occasional walks at Dunstable Downs and at Ashridge.

The local Wildlife Trust have walks on their reserves at Blow's Downs, Houghton Regis Quarry and Totternhoe Knolls.

Slightly further afield, the Chiltern Society also have a programme of walks.

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