The Dunstable and District Walking and Hostelling Group

Programme July to Sept 2019

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Thursday 4th July 2019Childwick Green
09.15 A busway bus to Luton Interchange for 09.40 321 bus to Childwick Green. Circular walk taking in St Albans and Sandridge. Return via 321 bus and busway.

09.05 at Church St bus stop.
About 11 ml.

Saturday 6th July 2019Ampthill RambleHalf-Day WalkSue Jenkins 07443016095

A circular walk involving Ampthill and Maulden.
We will start this walk in Maulden.  There are some spectacular views on this walk.  No stiles but this is not a flat walk.
If you want to meet at the start of the walk we will park the cars at St Mary church (the Parish church) in Church road, Maulden.  MK45 2AU we should get there about 10.00 am.

Meet at Priory at 9.30
Return 14.00 approx. Distance 6/7 miles.

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

09.30 French's Ave.
About 13 ml. Return about 17.30

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

Wednesday 10th July 2019Committee MeetingMeeting Carolyn or Gill
Carolyn secretary: Venue: The Globe pub, Winfield Street, LU6 ILS. Meeting open to members to attend to observe.


Thursday 11th July 2019Bulbourne to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.17 61A bus to Bulbourne. Walk via GU Canal, Stocks, Ward's Hurst Fm, Dagnall to Dunstable.

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

Saturday 13th July 2019Wigginton Hawridge circularDay WalkPeter Astier 07547893704
The walk starts at the car park by playing field near pub and café and goes to Hawridge Common.  We return via Cholesbury where we will have a pub stop before continuing via Scrubs Wood and Grims Ditch.

Priory School 9.30
12 mls
Sunday 14th July 2019Chess Valley walk.Half-Day WalkCliff Shaw 07766958133
A walk with fine views and attractive riverside walking, through the Chess valley on the edge of the Chilterns. Half way stop in Sarratt for refreshments.

9.30 at Yum Yum/Wilko car park
2 pm 6 mls approx

Thursday 18th July 2019Harpenden - Park Mount to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.15 A bus to Luton Interchange. 09.40 321 bus to Harpenden - Park Mount. Walk via Nickey Line, Flamstead and Markyate back to Dunstable.

09.05 at Church St bus stop
About 12 ml.

Saturday 20th July 2019Totternhoe/DownsHalf-Day WalkAlan 07957438153
For those who like to work up an appetite there will be an easy five mile walk before the BBQ.  Please park at Cliff's house.

1pm 5 mls

Saturday 20th July 2019Summer BBQ and Garden PartySocial Alan - 07957 438153
The barbecue will start around 1pm. Food will be ready around 2pm. Please bring drinks and your own seating (optional), house slippers would be helpful. There will be delicious Mediterranean themed sides, salads and desserts. Cost £7.00 per head (cheque or cash) which must be paid to Alan by July 8th. Please text or email Alan to book by the deadline and state if you're a vegetarian. We look forward to seeing you there for some exciting food, good company and music.

Cliff is again providing his spacious garden for the party - please note the address/directions: 46 Tring Road, Lu6 2PT. This is the B489 road, West Dunstable. Cliff's house is on the right, with balloons outside,five hundred yards after the Totternhoe Road turning.

Cheques payable to Dunstable Walking and Hostelling Group and sent to A. Plumley, 25 Manor Park, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5BU. Alternatively, given to a committee member. Gill can take cash/cheques if you see her on a walk.

Leave in your own time

Sunday 21st July 2019Orkney TripJulian 07979 435856
Trip to Orkney is now fully booked.

Sunday 21st July 2019Clophill CircularIntermediate WalkWendy Hopkins 01582 602235/07712 336318
Starting from Great Lane, Clophill, this slow walk incorporates a leisurely lunch stop offering tea, cakes, toilets and more ……. and only 2 stiles!

Meet at French's Ave at 9.30 am
Return around 4.30/5 pm Distance about 9 miles

Thursday 25th July 2019Weatherspoon WanderDavid 07477004170
A hot one is forecast so the plan is to do a shorter wander today, walking from the Gary Cooper. Out along Blows Down as far as the M1, up to Caddington church then back to Dunstable via the western side of Blows Down.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 8 ml
Saturday 27th July 2019Ashridge CircularHalf-day WalkHazel Rolt 07929889292
Parking at the top end of the Golden Valley, then proceeding to Brownlows Cafe and the Monument, skirting the golf course. After tea shop stop picking up the Chiltern Way back to Wood yard Cottages and Ashridge College, then into Golden Valley and back to the cars.
This is an easy walk with no steep hills or stiles.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am
Return about 2.00pm depending upon length of cafe stop. Distance 5 miles

Sunday 28th July 2019Tring Nature Reserve WalkHalf-Day WalkGill 07903 801203
A leisurely walk around Tring College Lake, then continuing to Tring Reservoir. Lots of water, bird life and lovely views. Start and finish at College Lake. Free parking (an optional donation is requested for the car park) and cafe/loos available. Mainly flat terrain. Easy to moderate level.

9.30am at Yum Yum or 10.00am at College Lake.
5-6 miles. Finish 1pm

Sunday 28th July 2019The Downs, Whipsnade and TotternhoeDavid 07477004170
A circular walk from French's Ave. The plan is to stop at Dunstable Downs visitor centre twice, the Old Hunters Lodge and the Old Farm Inn before returning to the start point.

09.30 French's Ave.
About 10 ml.

Wednesday 31st July 2019Lilley to BartonMedium/hard walk Chris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Lilley, Barton Hills & Springs to Barton with refreshments etc in Barton.

There are steep ascents/descents and possibly several stiles on this walk

Busway to Interchange then 101 bus to Lilley at 9.58 a.m.
Return 81 bus to Luton, Interchange to Dunstable

Winston Churchill bus stop Church Street 9.15 a.m.
Return 3.30/4.30 p.m. Approx 7/8 miles

Thursday 1st August 2019Toddington to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.59 E bus to Toddington Green. Walk via Tebworth and Stanbridge to Dunstable.

09.50 Church St bus stop
About 11 ml

Saturday 3rd August 2019Quainton circularDay WalkJulia Fullwood 07958 082009
Oving to Quainton circular walk

9.30 Frenchs Ave
Distance 9 miles.

Sunday 4th August 2019Chalgrave Heritage TrailIntermediate WalkSylvia Pidgeon 07587 185176
Chalgrave Heritage Trail. Starting from Toddington.

Meet at French's Avenue at 9.30.
Return 2.30 approx Distance 8 miles.

Thursday 8th August 2019Flamstead to St AlbansDavid 07477004170
09.05 34 bus to Flamstead. Walk via the Hertfordshire Way, Gorhambury, Potters Crouch to St Albans. Return to Dunstable via 321 bus to Luton and busway bus.

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

Thursday 8th August 2019Slide Show SocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable
Saturday 10th August 2019Woburn circularDay WalkSue Jenkins 07443016095
Starting at the free car park in Woburn we will visit the Safari Park, with hopefully better weather than our last visit. We will then loop round to RIdgemont, Eversholt and back onto the Woburn Estate.

Meet at French's Ave at 9.30 am
Return 5.00 pm approx Distance 10 miles.

Sunday 11th August 2019Around AldburyPart Day WalkJulia Fullwood 07958 082009
Starting from the car park on Pitstone Hill, this classic walk goes through Aldbury Nowers to arrive at the picture book village of Aldbury for refreshments. Continuing at a gentle pace the return to Pitstone Hill is via Duncombe Farm and Clipper Down.

Meet at Yum Yum /Wilko Car Park at 9.30 am
Return 2.00pm approx Distance 5 miles.

Wednesday 14th August 2019Tring CircularMike’s Midweek WalkMike 07594 577129
Starting from Tring Town Centre a circular walk taking in a variety of paths through Tring Park & surrounding countryside. Classed as a medium to hard walk  with a steep hill at the beginning or end depending on what route we take. Refreshments available at the start & finish.

Meet 9.05am West St Bus stop to pick up the 9.17am No 61A to Aylesbury.
Return by 4pm to Dunstable. Distance 6/7 miles.

Thursday 15th August 2019Hitchin to StopsleyDavid 07477004170
09.15 A bus to Luton interchange then 09.41 100/101  bus to Hitchin (Kingshott School/ St Ippolyts). Walk via St Paul's Walden, Whitwell and Breachwood Green to Stopsley then bus to interchange for busway bus back to Dunstable.

09.05 Church St bus stop
About 12 ml.

Saturday 17th August 2019Shuttleworth Air Proms.Social Day out. Carolyn 07495950551 or Sheila 07970328670

We are organising a trip to the Shuttleworth air proms Saturday 17th August. The tickets are £32.40 and entitle the purchaser access to the air museum, Shuttleworth Hall, Swiss Garden and the air display accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra. For further details contact Carolyn 07495950551 email or Sheila 07970328670 email

Sunday 18th August 2019Lilley circular.Day WalkOlwen 07415334251

Starting at Warden Hills we will make our way to Telegraph Hill. We’ll  head to Lilley via its Hoo. From Lilley we will make our way back via John Bunyan Trail.

Meet at Yum Yum/Wilko car park Dunstable at 1.30 pm.
Return 6.30 approx Distance 7/8 miles approx

Thursday 22nd August 2019Weatherspoon Wander
Meet for tea/coffee. Catch 09.16 40 bus from Asda then walk from Whipsnade via Dagnall, Ivinghoe Beacon and Edlesborough back to Dunstable.

09.00 Gary Cooper
About 12 ml

Thursday 22nd August 2019Slide Show SocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable
Saturday 24th August 2019Great Offley circularDay WalkLes Price 07866858992
Starting at Gt Offley, going through Chalton, lunching
at Preston and returning to Gt Offley via Kings Walden and Ley Green.

Meet at Priory School. 9.30 am
Return 15.30 10 miles.

Sunday 25th August 2019College Lake CircularPart Day WalkPeter Astier 01582 490085, 07547 893704
This slowish ramble starts at College Lake, Tring (no parking charges =  £3 voluntary donation ) and goes via Marsh Croft Farm and Park Hill Farm, and then across to Tring Station. Then it's along the Grand Union Canal to Bulbourne, returning to College Lake for refreshments.

Meet at Yum Yum/Wilko car park at 9.30 am
Return 2.00 pm approx Distance 5 miles.

Wednesday 28th August 2019Flamstead/Studham/WhipsnadeHalf-Day WalkChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Flamstead via woods, Studham Commons with refreshments at Chris & Jan's house then continue to Whipsnade. Easy walk with slight ascents/descents.
34 bus Dunstable to Flamstead at 9.05 a.m.
40 bus Whipsnade to Dunstable at 2.10 p.m.

YumYum West Street 8.55 a.m.
Return 2.45 p.m. Approx 6.5/7 miles

Thursday 29th August 2019Milton Keynes to ToddingtonDavid 07477004170
09.30 F70 bus to Milton Keynes (Mount Farm/Stadium MK). Walk via Caldecotte Lake, Bow Brickhill, Woburn, Milton Bryan to Toddington. 15.20 E bus to Dunstable.

09.20 High St North bus stop.
About 12 ml.

Saturday 31st August 2019Ashridge Walk & PicnicHalf-Day WalkGill 07903 801203
Please bring food/drinks to share and your own seating (you can leave these in the car until the picnic). A leisurely walk through lovely woodland in Ashridge. Generally flat terrain. Start and finish at the visitor's centre. Option to just do the walk or just the picnic. Picnic starts around 1.00pm.

10.00am at Priory School or 10.20am at the Visitor's Centre.
5-6 miles

Sunday 1st September 2019Wendover and WiggintonDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from public car park behind the library in Wendover. Climbing to Wendover Woods and then on to Wigginton. Returning via Grim's Ditch and Icknield Way Trail.

09.30 Wilko car park.
About 12 ml

Sunday 1st September 2019Membership fees now dueJulian 07979 435856
Please contact Julian with your membership fees.

Thursday 5th September 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable
Thursday 5th September 2019Wetherspoon Wanderers On the Slide & Up in the Air
A variation on the Wetherspoon Wander - a trip to London to experience the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide and Viewing Platform  and the Emirates Cable Car.

Meet 09.30 on the platform at Luton rail station for the 09.41 train to West Hampstead; Jubilee Line to Stratford; approximate 20 min walk to the Orbit. The time slot booked for the slide and/or viewing platform is 11:45. Leave the park at approx. 13:00 after lunch, etc. Take the tube/DLR to  Victoria Docks for a ride on the Emirates Cable Car across the Thames to the 02. Walk along the river bank to the Thames Barrier from where individuals can decide whether to return home immediately or extend the trip.

Contact Iain on 07779 963493 for more walk details.

Contact Sylvia on 07587185176 to book Orbit visit.
Slide and Viewing Platform £13.50pp (over 60) + £1 coin for locker. Viewing Platform only  £8.50pp. Check terms and conditions.

Emirates Cable Car £3.50p with Travelcard.

Off Peak Travelcard £18.55p with Senior Railcard. £28.10p without railcard. Return travel permitted at anytime during the evening.
Super Off Peak Travelcard £15.20p with Senior Railcard. £23.00p without railcard. Return travel not permitted between 16.30 and 19.10.

Saturday 7th September 2019Golden ValleyDay WalkOlwen 07415 334251
Walk through Ashridge Forrest to Golden Valley and on to Hudnall. Then on to Little  Gaddesden and back through the  forrest.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am
Return 2.30 - 3.00 pm Distance 8 miles approx

Sunday 8th September 2019Westoning - Pulloxhill circularPart Day WalkDon Snoad 01582 601852
A slow ramble that starts in Westoning and goes to Pulloxhill, returning to Westoning via Portobello Farm and Samshill Farm. .

Meet at Yum Yum/ Wilko's car park 9.30 am
Return 2.30 approx Distance 5 miles.

Wednesday 11th September 2019Little Venice to Green ParkMike’s Midweek WalkMike 07594 577129
Catching the 9.35 am  757 from Luto Airport  to Lords Cricket Ground , walking along the Regents Canal to Little Venice & the Paddington Basin to Paddington Station. Continuing to Hyde Park where walk to Hyde Park Corner along the Serpentine. Subject to time we can walk down to Buckingham Palace & around the lake in St James Park. You have two choices to pick up the 757 back to Luton Interchange to catch a bus back to Dunstable. ( Hyde Park Cirner or Victoria Greenline stop )

Classed as a easy walk with plenty of refreshment stops on route together with toilets.

Meet 8.30am Winston Churchill bus stop to pick up the 8.40 am No A to the Airport.
Return late afternoon . Distance max 5-7 miles

Thursday 12th September 2019Toddington to DunstableDavid 07477004170
09.59 E bus to Toddington. Walk via Harlington and Upper Sundon to Dunstable.

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

Saturday 14th September 2019Great Brickhill CircularHalf-Day WalkSue Jenkins 07443016095
Great Brickhill, venturing into Rushmere and Stockgrove Park. Some inclines.

Meet at French's Ave at 9.30 am
Return 13.30 approx Distance 6/7 miles.

Sunday 15th September 2019WheathampsteadDavid 07477004170
Circular walk from Wheathampstead car park (behind the Bull) taking in Peters Green, Kimpton and Gustard Wood.

09.30 Wilko car park
About 12 ml

Thursday 19th September 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 19th September 2019Slide ShowSocialDon 01582 601852
Join Don as he looks back on the bygone Bogtrotters

8 p.m. at 2 Chiltern Rd. Dunstable
Saturday 21st September 2019Westoning circular Intermediate walk Les Price. 07866858992
Starting at Westoning, going through Flitwick and Greenfield, and returning to Westoning via
the White House.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30
Return at 15.00 9 miles

Sunday 22nd September 2019Steve mystery walkHalf-Day WalkSteve/Eila Goss 07964291892

9.30 Yum Yum/Wilko Car park
5-7 miles

Wednesday 25th September 2019Woburn/Leighton BuzzardMedium/hard walkChris Morley 07836 310262 John Hannington 07840 819739
Walk on Greensands Ridge path Woburn, Stockgrove/Rushmere parks, Grand Union Canal to Leighton Buzzard. Some inclines/declines and a stile or two.

47 bus Dunstable to Woburn 8.48 a.m.
Return from Leighton Buzzard using 47, F70 or F77 bus
Refreshments at start, middle and end of walk

Asda bus stop 8.40 a.m.
Return Dunstable 3/4 p.m. Approx 10 miles

Thursday 26th September 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 28th September 2019Millbrook WarrenPart-Day WalkPeter Astier 01582 490085, 07547 893704
This is a slow ramble around the perimeter of the Center Park at Millbrook Warren. Staring from Millbrook Village, the route follows the Greensand Ridge Walk overlooking the Millbrook Proving Ground and follows woodland paths and tracks around Millbrook Warren. After a refreshment stop en route, we return to Millbook Village.

Meet at Priory School at 9.30 am
Return 2.30 pm approx Distance 5 miles.

Sunday 29th September 2019Ver source walkIntermediate WalkEila 07964291892
Walk from Markyate to Kensworth via Caddington Common

9.30 wilco/yum yum car park
Approx 7_8 miles return 2.00ish

Monday 30th September 2019 Proposed trip to Poland in May 2020Trip
We are planning to do a trip to the High Tatras in Poland next May. The flights are to Poprad Tatry from Luton and are currently under £70 return. A week's half board hotel accommodation (with wellness sauna centre) will work out at under £500 each for a double room and the use of a walk guide. (if more people go the price will decrease) The hotel will organise transfers from the airport to the hotel. Details will be emailed to everybody.
Please let Eila know if you are interested.

Thursday 3rd October 2019Stoke Hammond to Leighton BuzzardDavid 07477004170
10.00 F77 bus to Stoke Hammond (Dolphin). Walk via Drayton Parslow and Stewkley to Leighton Buzzard for F70/77 bus to Dunstable.

09.50 High St North bus stop
About 12 ml

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.