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Markyate and Whipsnade

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General information

A circular walk of ~11 miles on country lanes, bridleways and footpaths with some ascents and descents, but nothing too arduous.

Our walk will follow a route around the outskirts of the village of Kensworth into woodland areas along official footpaths heading towards Kensworth Quarry. From the quarry, we head into Central Bedfordshire the outskirts of Dunstable also following a route towards Whipsnade Heath.

Markyate was a major coaching stop on the highway from London to Birmingham, at one point having over forty inns and public houses along its main road. The Sun Inn is now a private residence, but is believed to have begun as a hall house or inn, in the 16th century. Its history includes links to the Gunpowder Plot, the Wicked Lady and Dick Turpin, who's believed to have slept at the inn.

Bring packed lunch, plenty of water and something to sit on.

Wear sturdy boots.


Terrain / Difficulty

Some noticeable gradients.

Approximate Distance

11 miles

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