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Greensand Ridge

The prominent feature of the greensand ridge through Bedfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire has long been recognised as an area of high landscape value. The ridge provides excellent views across many valleys scattered with woodlands and historic features.

In 1976 Bedfordshire County Council decided to develop a trail following the greensand ridge to provide a longer distance walk, a way of exploring the wealth of heritage and wildlife across the county as well as provide the large villages and towns with greater recreation opportunities.

Working in partnership with Bedford Rambling Club, the Council began work to identify a route, consequently a trail of approximately 40 miles commencing from Gamlingay Cinques at the north east of Bedfordshire to Leighton Buzzard in the south west was identified.

During the early 1980’s negotiations to secure viewing areas and way marking took place and as a result, on 1st October 1986 Sir Derek Barber, then Chairman of The Countryside Commission officially opened the Greensand Ridge Walk, in the grounds of Woburn Abbey.

Fifteen years after the walk was launched it was decided to re-develop the route. Bedfordshire County Council worked in partnership with the Greensand Trust, the Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project, Mid Beds District Council, the Long Distance Walkers association, Ramblers Association and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity to improve the structures and way marking along the route, and install information boards and update the walk leaflet.

On 1st August 2004 the route re-launch was held at Ampthill Park, adjacent to Katherine's Cross. ‘Henry the VIII’ who launched the walk by be-heading a ribbon with a ceremonial axe led this event. The launch was a great success with about 100 people attending.

Our aim is to continue to enhance and preserve the walk for future enjoyment.


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