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|Ampthill and Maulden Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 05 Jan 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk through the gently rolling landscape of the Bedfordshire hills, providing superb views of the countryside throughout. The walk starts from the ruins of Houghton House, said to be the inspiration for House Beautiful in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. |
The walk has several steady but long climbs and descents throughout and there is one stile (with an open fencing surround) and several kissing gates. The paths are a mixture of tarmac/concrete lanes and field edge paths the latter of which can get quite muddy after wet weather so waterproof boots are recommended. Whilst most of the farm land is arable, some of the fields may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Houghton House car park just north of Ampthill. The car park is accessed via a narrow concrete track and is signed with a brown sign off the B530 Bedford Street. Heading north out of Ampthill, as you reach a right hand bend marked with chevrons turn right onto the signed concrete track. The small parking area is on the left just before you reach the row of cottages on the right. If this parking area is full it is possible to park in Ampthill and then make your way to Rectory Lane and adjust the walk to start here. Approximate post code MK45 2EY.
|Start to King's Wood|
Start point: 52.0415 lat, -0.4884 long
From the parking area, walk further along the concrete lane passing the cottages to the right. Over to the left you will see the ruins of Houghton House.
|King's Wood to Limbersey Lane|
Start point: 52.0435 lat, -0.4772 long
Follow the field edge alongside the woods and after about 300 yards you will reach a waymarked junction of paths. Turn right here down the farm track, heading towards a farmhouse and outbuildings.
|Limbersey Lane to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 52.0424 lat, -0.4598 long
Turn left along the edge of Limbersey Lane, taking care of any traffic. When you reach the property Meadowside on the left, cross over the road to turn right onto a footpath through a kissing gate. Go straight ahead through this first short field and out through the kissing gate on the opposite side.
|St Mary's Church to Gate Junction|
Start point: 52.0306 lat, -0.4582 long
Follow the short tarmac slope downhill and then with the church hall ahead, turn right up a flight of steps into the church yard. Follow the path through the church yard keeping the church to the right. Continue beyond the church and then go through the metal gate ahead.
|Gate Junction to Gas House Lane|
Start point: 52.0377 lat, -0.4738 long
Take the first path on the left here through the gate. Follow the left-hand field edge climbing steadily uphill. As you reach the brow of the hill follow the boundary round to the right. Go through the kissing gate and continue on the field edge path.
|Gas House Lane to End|
Start point: 52.0335 lat, -0.4859 long
Turn left along the stone lane to reach a T-junction with the main road. Cross over with care and turn right onto the pavement. Take the second road on the right, Rectory Lane, marked with a footpath sign. Follow the footpath as it passes to the left of St Andrew’s Church.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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