Dunstable Downs Walk
9.38 Miles total time 3:09:03 Elevation gain 210m
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Dunstable Downs lies in the Chilterns in south Bedfordshire and attracts a fair amount of visitors in the summer time, so you may struggle getting a parking space. A lot of the land is owned by the national Trust so if you are a member parking is free of charge. you will find the Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre near to the parking area and this is well worth a visit. You will find a large number of people Kite flying off the side of the downs, also paragliding for the more adventurous. The route involved a walk along the top of the downs into Dunstable and along the Icknield Way towards Totternhoe Knolls.
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Totternhoe Knolls is a large Chalk hill that we passed along the route, although nothing special we walked to the top but the views are not spectacular, to the north is an old disused railway that was shut down in the 60's, we walked along the route but again found nothing of much interest. We then walked along to Castle Hill that stands at 160m and has a trig point on top. A short walk took us to the foothills of Dunstable Downs and we started a small but very steep climb to the top of the chalk hills. This walk was a bit of a flop with not a lot to see on the way, all the hedges were tall and blocked the view.

Castle Hill Trig Point

Looking up to the Downs Hills

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