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  • The Greensand Ridge Walk

    Henry Chopping the Ribbon The Greensand Ridge Walk is Bedfordshire’s premier long distance walk passing through Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. The walk was opened in 1986 and from its beginning has proved to be a popular route for both locals and visitors to Bedfordshire.

    The route follows a ridge of greensand which rises from the clay vales on either side and is an ideal introduction to the history, landscape and wildlife of this part of the country. The 40 mile / 64 km walk starts in Leighton Buzzard and finishes in Gamlingay.

    The route has been split into five sections to enable you to walk it in stages or as a whole. Each section is covered by a leaflet, which includes a route map and written route description. Local points of interest are highlighted in the leaflet text and described in the boxes on the route map.

    • Leighton Buzzard to Woburn 8.5 miles /13km
    • Woburn to Ampthill 10 miles / 15.5km
    • Ampthill to Haynes 8.8 miles / 13.5km
    • Haynes to Sandy 7.5 miles / 11.5km
    • Sandy to Gamlingay 5.3 miles / 8.5km


    The leaflets can be viewed and printed from this website or, if you prefer, you can get a set by contacting Jonathan Woods at Central Bedfordshire Council’s Countryside Access Team jonathan.woods@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk 0300 300 6607. Alternatively try your local library or Tourist Information office.


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