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Ampthill and Maulden Circular is a 8.5 kilometer loop trail located near Bedford, Bedfordshire, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 8.5 km Elevation Gain: 278 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips




historic site

A 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.

21 days ago

Lovely walk staring at Houghton House carpark. The house is worth a visit and not much of a detour. Easy walking (not sure why this is classed as moderate walk) Mainly on concrete farm tracks and well signed worn footpaths. A bit on roads which could have been avoided using another footpath to join up. Lovely walk through “Holly Walk” towards the end of the trail. Took me an hour and a half to complete in dry weather.

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