Bedfordshire is packed full of beautiful walks, with something to capture the imagination of every walker. All you will need to do is lace up your boots and keep your fingers crossed the rain stays away!
Popular routes such as the 40-mile Greensand Ridge Walk are easily accessible by rail. This takes the stress of parking and driving out of the equation, making for a more relaxing experience.
Walking in the beautiful landscapes of Bedfordshire gives you the opportunity to see a plethora of native wildlife. Depending on the time of your stroll, you may be lucky and spot badgers, bats or even the elusive water vole.
It is not just the fauna that makes Bedfordshire the perfect place to explore, but the flora too. As the seasons change, the backdrop to your walk changes too. In spring you can expect to see blooming wildflowers underfoot which contrasts beautifully with the vibrancy of the autumnal leaves. Whenever you venture out, the landscape is sure to be breathtaking.
If your interests include history as well as walking, then why not combine the two? Bedfordshire is full of historical sites that span the centuries.
Woburn is home to a very famous Abbey and Safari Park, but it is also home to some stunning walks. If you start in the village itself, follow the white arrows that mark the Woburn Walk trails. There are several different trails depending on how far you want to go. Some go along public walkways in the Woburn estate grounds, giving some beautiful glimpses of the stately building. Wrest Park is a history-lover’s dream with extensive gardens and woodlands. If you want to explore, the gardens are the place to start. Keep an eye out for hidden gems such as an ornate marble fountain, over 40 statues and the Chinese temple.
The Physical and Mental Benefits of Walking
Walking is an activity that nourishes both your body and your soul. Exploring Bedfordshire can have a real impact on your entire life. Your mental health can be boosted by walking, as it is known to be a great stress reliever. Getting out into nature helps to banish stressful thoughts and encourages you to be in the moment. You may also notice that you have an improvement in your memory and problem-solving skills.
Aside from the mental health benefits, walking is great for your physical health as well. Walking can be great for weight loss as well as keeping your joints moving and being used. Walking is also often used to improve cardiovascular health by getting your heart pumping oxygen-rich blood around your body.
Whether you are a practised hiker or a casual wanderer, Bedfordshire’s trails are a great place to explore whilst you connect with nature and yourself. Pop on your boots, stick on your favourite music and head on out – just don’t forget to pack a raincoat just in case!