The Dunstable and District Walking and Hostelling Group

Programme Apr to Jun 2019


The printed programme should be correct at 01/04/2019 but may be subject to change; for potential revisions check the website or contact the event leader.

Thursday 4th April 2019Hitchin to LutonDavid 07477004170
Busway bus to Luton interchange then 09.41 100/101  bus to Hitchin (Kingshott School/ St Ippolyts). Walk via St Paul's Walden, Whitwell and Peters Green back to the interchange for busway bus back to Dunstable.

09.05 Church St bus stop (Poundland/Winston Churchill)
About 13 ml.

Thursday 4th April 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Friday 5th April 2019April Hostel TripTripAlan 07957 438153
This walking-hostelling trip will be from Friday April 5th - returning Tuesday April 9th.   We will stay 2 nights in the Swanage YHA. Then stay 2 nights in the Lulworth YHA. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements for accommodation. We'll be walking in country and the coastal path. We will have a planning meeting nearer the time to arrange car-sharing and food/catering.


Saturday 6th April 2019MarkyateDay walk Steve Goss 07935273417/01582731026
Markyate circular 13 miles. Scenic walk along the Hertfordshire Way through Jockey End to Great Gaddesden returning through Flamstead and along the Chiltern Way.

Priory school 9.30
13 miles late afternoon

Sunday 7th April 2019Breachwood GreenIntermediate walkSteve Johnstone 07749091000

This is a walk in and around Breachwood Green.  7.6 miles.
If you wish you can meet us at the start of the walk at the Red Lion Pub at Breachwood Green about 10.00.


Meet at the Yum yum at 09.30 am
Distance 7.6 miles

Wednesday 10th April 2019Lilley CircularMike's Midweek WalkMike 07594 577129
Meet at the Winston Churchill bus stop  9.15am to catch any bus to the interchange to catch the 9.58am No 101 to Lilley.. A circular taking in a variety of footpaths & hills .Classed as a medium to hard walk remembering the time of year. Subject to timing we may be able to visit The Lilley Arms  before we make the return journey back to Luton or Dunstable.
Please call me if you wish to meet elewhere.

9.15am Church St bus stop to catch any bus to the Interchange.
Return late afternoon . Distance max 6 miles.
Thursday 11th April 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

Saturday 13th April 2019Views of the Ver ValleyHalf-day walkEila 07964291892
A nice reasonably easy scenic walk from Redbourn which has a pub and cafe for refreshments at the end of the walk.

9.30 Priory School
5 Miles, expect to be back in Dunstable before about 2.00 (depending on refreshment stop).

Sunday 14th April 2019Pirton Half-day WalkSteve Johnstone 07749091000

A walk in and around Pirton.
If you wish you can  meet us at the start of the walk at St Mary's Church Pirton 10.00 am


Meet at the Yum Yum at 9.30 am
Distance 6.5 miles

Wednesday 17th April 2019Edlesborough/Ashridge/College Lake or TringMedium/hard walkChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Edlesborough, Ivinghoe Beacon, Ashridge Monument Cafe, Aldbury, Grand Union Canal with a finish at either College Lake or edge of Tring
Plenty of hills on this walk with a few stiles
61A bus Dunstable/Edlesborough 9.17 a.m.
61 bus College Lake or Tring 2.35 p.m.

Yum Yum West Street 9.05 a.m.
Return Dunstable 3.15/3.30 p.m. Approx 9/10 miles

Wednesday 17th April 2019Committee MeetingMeeting Carolyn or Gill
Carolyn secretary: c.cooper47@icloud.com. Venue: The Globe pub, Winfield Street, LU6 ILS. Meeting open to members to observe.

7.30pm

Thursday 18th April 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

Thursday 18th April 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 20th April 2019Sharpenhoe and Sundon Hills.Day WalkTony Woodward 07594532429
Walk starts off across Bramingham Park, to Streatley church, then through allotments to Sharpenhoe Clappers. We then go across Sundon Hills to Upper Sundon with a stop at the Red Lion for refreshments. Return across fields to the start. An easy paced relatively flat walk.
Walk starts from car park off Freemans avenue behind Brim & Crown pub, next to Sainsburys.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am or Bramingham (see above) 10.00 am
Distance 9 miles approx. Return 3.30 pm approx
Sunday 21st April 2019Blows Downs Easter Sunday WalkIntermediate walkSteve Goss 01582731026 07964291892
Steve is repeating this popular walk, with a few changes, up and along the Downs. There are some climbs involved. There were loads of bluebells last year.

9.30 Wilcos/Yum Yum Car Park.
around 14.00 approx 7-8 miles

Thursday 25th April 2019Bulbourne to Leighton BuzzardDavid 07477004170
09.17 61A bus to Bulbourne. Walk to Leighton Buzzard. F70/F77 bus back to Dunstable.

09.10 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 ml

Saturday 27th April 2019Bluebell walkIntermediate walk.Sue Jenkins 07443016095
Let's go and find some bluebells.  In and around Ashridge.

Meet at Priory at 9.30 am
Return 14.00 approx Distance 7/8 miles.

Sunday 28th April 2019Whiteleaf HillDavid 07477004170
Circular walk in the Chiltern AONB from Whiteleaf Hill car park taking in Great Hampden, Loosley Row, Lodge Hill, Bledlow, Princes Risborough. Hills, woods and valleys.

09.30 Wilko car park
About 12 ml. Return about 17.00

Wednesday 1st May 2019Dunstable circularEasy walk with slight inclinesChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Walk from Dunstable town centre to Gateway Dunstable Downs continue Whipsnade, Bison Hill, Gateway Dunstable Downs, Dunstable

Yum Yum West Street 9.15 a.m.
Dunstable 1 p.m. 5/6 miles

Thursday 2nd May 2019Toddington to DunstableDavid 07477004170
08.59 E bus to Toddington. Walk via Tingrith, Milton Bryan, Battlesden, Tebworth, Houghton Regis to the Gary Cooper.

08.55 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml

Thursday 2nd May 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Friday 3rd May 2019The Viking Centre, ClaxbyBank Holiday WeekendJohn Buckley 07976 611995
A return to Claxby, 3 nights away. Exploring more of the Lincolnshire Wolds.


Saturday 4th May 2019Ashridge BoundaryDavid 07477004170
Circular walk, way-marked, from the monument taking in Ivinghoe Beacon, Golden Valley, Frithsden, Herfordshire Way, Icknield Way.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 16 ml. Return about 17.30
Saturday 4th May 2019Coombe Hill the easy way.Part day walk.Don Snoad 01582 601852
A slow ramble in the Chiltern Hills, starting near the summit of Coombe Hill and going by Little Hampton and Dunsmore to return to the car park at High Scrubs.

Meet at 9.30 at Priory School
Distance 5 miles approx Return 14.30 approx

Sunday 5th May 2019Cardington CircularHalf-day walkWendy Hopkins 01582 602235/07712 336318

Come and discover some of the countryside and villages close to your County town - with a bit of history thrown in too. This flat walk is guaranteed to be stile free.


Meet at 1pm Wilkinson's Car Park
Return about 6.30pm Approx 7 miles

Wednesday 8th May 2019Golders Hill Park to Parliament HillMike's Midweek walkMike 07594 577129
Catching the 9.35am Greenline No  757  from the airport to Hendon Way. We will walk to & through Golders Hill Park up The Hill onto Hampstead Heath then  following the paths to Parliament Hill, before making our way down to pick the C4/11 back to Finchley Rd to catch to the 757 back to the Interchange where will pick up a bus back to Dunstable.

Classed as a medium walk with some hills but on good footpaths. Refreshments on route at the Cafe in Holders Hill Park if necessary.

Please contact me if you wish to meet elsewhere

8.30am Chuch at bus stop to pick the 8.45am A bus to the airport.
Return late afternoon. Distance 6-7 miles.

Thursday 9th May 2019Flamstead to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.05 34 bus to Flamstead. Walk via Gaddesden Row, Studham, Whipsnade to the Gary Cooper.

08.55 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 mls

Saturday 11th May 2019Pitstone Hill Circular. Intermediate walkOlwen 07415334251
Taking a leisurely pace over Pitstone Hill we follow the Ridgeway to Tring Station and on to the canal path to Bulbourne. We will take a small detour to the College Lake Cafe before back to the canal path to Marsworth and onto Pitstone, it's windmill and then up the hill back to the car park.

Meet Priory School at 9.30.
Return 3.30 approx Distance 10 miles approx

Sunday 12th May 2019Wheathamsted circularDay WalkPeter Astier 01582 490085
Peter's walk will begin at the Black Bull car park and progress to Lemsford via Saul Wood, Ayott Green, Brocket Park, and Lemsford. Returning via Brocket Hall, Cromer Hyde, Symonds Hyde Great Wood, Colemans Green, then along Devils Dyke to Wheathampstead. There are possible pub stops at Ayot Green, Lemsford and Coleman Green. Let Peter know if you intend to join him at The Bull car park. mobile 07847 659156, 07547 893704. peter.astier@yahoo.co.uk.

9.30 Yum Yum
4pm 12 mls

Thursday 16th May 2019Weatherspoon WanderPeter Astier 01582 490085
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml
Thursday 16th May 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 18th May 2019Ouse Valley Way.Day WalkLes Price 07866858992

A leisurely walk from Willington Dove Cote along the river Great Ouse to Tempsford, then returning via Blunham along the Sandy to Bedford cycle way.


Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am
Distance 11 miles Return 16.30 approx

Sunday 19th May 2019Wilstone Reservoir Circular WalkHalf-dayRussell Harden 07904167604
A  circular walk starting at Wilstone Reservoir car park, heading along the Lower Icknield Road we pass by P.E.Mead & Sons farm shop and cafe and on to the Grand Union canal where we pass by Startops Reservoir and perhaps a stop at Blue Bells tearoom then onto Marsworth Reservoir and join the Wendover Arm, we’ll pass by Tringford Reservoir and the pumping station and make our way to Wilstone Reservoir where we can pop into the Hide and view the water foul, “so don’t forget your binoculars” We end the walk back at the car park which is free.

 Easy to Medium mainly flat Walk


Meet at the Yum Yum 9.30am
Return 1.30 - 2pm Distance 6 miles

Thursday 23rd May 2019Stopsley to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.15 busway bus to Luton station then 09.41 100/101  bus to Stopsley (Jansell House). Walk via Galley Hill, Sundon, Chalton, Houghton Regis to the Gary Cooper.

09.05 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml.

Saturday 25th May 2019Kensworth to Studham CircularIntermediate walkOlwen 07451334251
We will walk at an easy pace from Whipsnade Heath to Old Kensworth. Then up the hill to Kensworth and on towards Holywell and on to Studham. We will then follow the Chiltern Way to Whipsnade.

Meet Priory School at 9.30 am
Return 2.30 approx Distance 8 miles approx

Sunday 26th May 2019Little BrickhillDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Little Brickhill taking in Caldecotte Lake, GU Canal, Great Brickhill.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 12 ml. Return about 16.30

Sunday 26th May 2019A visit to the Full Moon. Part day walk.Don Snoad 01582 601852
A slow ramble in the Chiltern Hills.  Starting in Wiggington Village, the route takes us to Hawridge and Cholesbury, stopping off for refreshment at the Full Moon P.H and returning to Wiggington via Hastoe

Meet at the Yum Yum/Wilko's car park. 9.30 am
Return 14.30 approx Distance 5 miles.

Thursday 30th May 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Bring your ideas about where to walk today and discuss them over tea/coffee. May involve a bus or two.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml
Thursday 30th May 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 1st June 2019Chipperfield Circular.Day WalkCliff Shaw 07766958133
Circular walk from Chipperfield Common via Kings Langley.

Meet at Priory School. 9.30 am
Distance 6.5 miles approx Return 13.30 approx

Sunday 2nd June 2019Slip End wanderHalf-day walkEila 07964291892
An easy walk. Going up to Pepperstock, Slip End, touching Caddington and back to Stockwood Park. There are also nice gardens and a tea room there if people want to use them.   It is fairly flat, without stiles, but if we have rain it maybe a little muddy in places.

9.30 Wilco/Yum Yum car park
Return about 2.00 pm 5-6 miles

Wednesday 5th June 2019Nicky Line Redbourn/Hemel HempsteadShort easy walk with slight inclinesChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Redbourn Common with optional tea and cake at the cafe on the Common, continue Nicky Line to Hemel Hempstead.

34 bus Dunstable/Redbourn 9.05 a.m.
Return 46 bus Hemel Hempstead to Luton then bus back to Dunstable

Meet Yum Yum West Street 8.55 a.m.
Return Dunstable 2/3 p.m. Approx 5 miles

Thursday 6th June 2019Leighton BuzzardDavid 07477004170
09.30 F70 bus to Leighton Buzzard. Circular walk then F70/77 back to Dunstable

09.20 High Street North bus stop (Santander)
About 12 mls

Saturday 8th June 2019Kensworth CircularHalf-day walkGill 07903 801203

Starting at The Farmers Boy pub in Kensworth, we walk through some rural Kensworth, across Dunstable Downs (including a café/loo stop) and through Whipsnade, finishing at The Farmers Boy for lunch/drinks. A moderate level walk, mainly level, with a few inclines.


9.30am Priory School or 9.50am at Farmers Boy.
5 miles/1.00pm finish

Sunday 9th June 2019Clophill Circular.Day WalkLes Price 07866858992

A circular walk from Clophill, beginning on the High St. at the Old Church Path, passing around  Chicksands and going through Shefford, Meppershall and Upper Gravenhurst.


Meet at French's Avenue at 9.30 am
Distance 12 miles Return 16.30 approx

Wednesday 12th June 2019Stoke Hammond to Leighton BuzzardMike Mid week WalkMike 07594577129
Walking north from Stoke Hammond to Leighton Buzzard along the Grand Union Canal with a Lunch stop (Optional) at The Globe pub.Booking required with myself details to be agreed later. Classed as easy walk along the canal footpath.

9.50am High St North bus stop to pick up the 10am no F77 to Bletchley .
Return late afternoon from Leighton Buzzard if dining. Distance 5/6 miles.
Thursday 13th June 2019Flamstead to LutonDavid 07477004170
09.05 34 bus to Flamstead. Walk to Luton interchange via Harpenden and Batford. Return to Dunstable via busway bus.

08.55 West Street bus stop (Lombardo's)
About 12 mls

Thursday 13th June 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable

Saturday 15th June 2019Whiteleaf HillDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Whiteleaf Hill car park taking in Lower Cadsden, Little Hampden, Great Missenden, Prestwood. Hills, valleys, woods.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 12 ml. Return about 17.00

Sunday 16th June 2019Silsoe Circular walkIntermediate walkSylvia Pidgeon 07587 185176
 Starting from Wrest Park taking in Higham Gobion, Shillington, and Gravenhurst.
Refreshments available at the end in Wrest park. Possible pub stop en route.

Meet at 9.30 at French's Avenue
Return 3pm approx Distance 8/9 miles.

Thursday 20th June 2019Leighton Buzzard to ToddingtonDavid 07477004170
09.30 F70 bus to Leighton Buzzard. Walk via Woburn Deer Park to Toddington. 15.20 E bus to Gary Cooper.

09.20 High St North bus stop (Santander)
About 12 ml

Saturday 22nd June 2019Redbourne rambleHalf-day afternoon walkSue Jenkins 07443016095
An afternoon  stroll from Redbourne to Flamstead.  Not quite the longest day. Hoping for a drink at end of walk and possibly at Flamstead.

Meet at Priory at 13.30 pm
Return 18.00 approx Distance 7 miles approx

Sunday 23rd June 2019WheathampsteadDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Wheathampstead car park (behind the Bull) taking in Blackmore End, Whitwell, Kimpton.

09.30 Wilko car park
About 13 ml. Return about 17.00

Wednesday 26th June 2019Ridgmont/Eversholt/WoburnEasy walk with some stiles and slight inclinesChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Ridgmont/Eversholt/Woburn Park walk, part of the Greensands Ridge Walk
47 bus Dunstable to Ridgmont 8.48 a.m. 47 bus Woburn to Dunstable 1.52 p.m.

Asda 8.40 a.m.
Approx 2.30 p.m. 6 miles

Thursday 27th June 2019Dunstable to HarpendenDavid 07477004170
Walk from Dunstable to Harpenden for fish 'n' chips at Godfreys, calling at Harpers for elevenses on the way. 321 and busway back to Dunstable.

09.10 Church St bus stop (Winston Churchill)
About 12 ml.

Saturday 29th June 2019WoburnDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Woburn car park taking in Potsgrove, Battlesden, Milton Bryan, Eversholt, Husborne Crawley.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 13 ml. Return about 17.00

Sunday 30th June 2019WendoverDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Wendover library car park. Up to Wendover Woods than via Buckland Common and Swan Bottom back to the start. Woodland, hills and valleys so not flat.

09.30 Wilko car park
About 9 ml. Return about 15.30

Sunday 7th July 2019WinslowDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Greyhound Lane car park, Winslow taking in Addington, Adstock, Great and Little Horwood, Swanbourne.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 13 ml. Return about 16.30

Wednesday 10th July 2019Day out in Oxford Mike’s Midweek walk Mike 07594577129
Catching a bus to Milton Keynes to pick up the X5 to Oxford, where you are free to do what you would like. We can walk along the Oxford Canal  & Thames on a circular walk  ( to be decided on the day subject to the weather ). We will pick a bus up back to MK to catch another bus back to Dunstable/Luton. Classed as a easy walk , with plenty of places for refreshments  if you don’t want to bring anything .

8.20am at High St North bus stop to pick up the 8.30 F70 to Milton Keynes.
Return late evening depending on time leaving Oxford & connecting bus home at MK. Distance 5/6 miles

Friday 19th July 2019OrkneyTripJulian 07979 435856
We are looking to organise a trip to Orkney this summer. Highlights would be the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, Maes How, The Old Man of Hoy as well as a day on Rousay and several days on Westray and some time in and around Stromness and Kirkwall. Estimated dates would be from approx 19th July and returning on the 1st August.


Guidance for those attending Dunstable Bogtrotters events.

  • You walk with the Bogtrotters at your own risk.
  • You must ensure that you have suitable equipment, footwear and clothing, and enough food and drink for the activity being undertaken. You should carry your own first aid kit.
  • Do not leave the walk without telling the leader. Keep in front of the back marker when there is one and make sure that the walk leader or back marker knows if you temporarily leave the walk for a comfort break or other reason.
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  • Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult member of their family, who will remain responsible for them at all times.
  • We do not allow dogs on our walks except for assistance dogs.
  • Before a walk starts participants are entitled to obtain a clear and, as far as  possible, accurate description of the walk. Be aware however that not every route is walked in advance and even when a path is familiar things may have changed since we were last there. Different walk leaders have developed different styles of walk introduction. Some give a formal health and safety talk, others a more general descriptive talk and others dislike the enforced formality and give only a fairly perfunctory introduction! If you are in any doubt about the walk you are going to undertake, or your own ability to complete it, you should raise your concerns with the walk leader first.
  • On local walks or weekend trips participants may choose to share cars or take their own. Before leaving the meeting place make it clear to the walk leader if you are prepared to take passengers, if you are willing to use your car to transfer drivers when this is necessary and if you will need to leave the walk early.
  • Drivers are not able to charge a fare for helping with transport, however a voluntary donation is usually made by their passengers.
  • Some walks are planned to be accessible by public transport. However bus times and services are subject to change so walk details will sometimes vary from those set out in the programme. It is advisable to contact the walk leader to obtain up-to-date information if public transport is involved.
  • Photographs of our activities, sometimes with the names of those participating, often appear on our website. If you do not wish to be photographed and possibly appear on the web, tell the event leader and they will include this notification in their introduction.
  • When walking as a member of the public on public footpaths in England and more generally in Britain there are well established and understood laws which govern the relationship, rights and obligations of the land owner to the walker and vice versa. When walking with a Bogtrotter walk leader you remain a member of the public, as does he/she. Nothing in the relationship between you as a walker and your walk leader adds to or alters this. By walking with us you do not improve upon your existing rights that are already well established in law.
  • Guests are welcome to join us for 2 or 3 walks after which they will be expected to enrol as members. Individual membership fee is currently £10 per year (01 September to 31 August.)

Location Plan....

Where we meet...
The Yum Yum & Wilkos Car Park,
Priory School, Chews House,
French's Avenue and the Fire Station.
Wilkos Car Park is immediately
behind the Yum Yum car park which
is often now full on Sunday mornings.