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Ampthill and Maulden Circular is a 5.3 mile 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, running, and nature trips.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 912 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Views Historic site
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Note: As of August 15, 2020, part of the trail is closed (due to water works) with a signed diversion, probably an extra half a mile (until September). 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.

The walk starts from the Houghton House car park just north of Ampthill. The car park is accessed via a narrow concrete track and is signed with a brown sign off the B530 Bedford Street. Heading north out of Ampthill, as you reach a right hand bend marked with chevrons turn right onto the signed concrete track. The small parking area is on the left just before you reach the row of cottages on the right. If this parking area is full it is possible to park in Ampthill and then make your way to Rectory Lane and adjust the walk to start here. Approximate post code MK45 2EY.

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Barbara Jaskulska
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Great walk, beautiful views

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Gill R
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Hiking

Pretty route, incorporates walking to the remains of Houghton House first which took us to 9.4k. Opportunity to extend further by including the woods which this route take you alongside. Mostly flat, lots of rolling fields and rural countryside.

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Jiri Hruban
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Hiking

Beautiful walk with nice wiews of Bedford and whole rural Bedfordshire. Walked in opposite direction (anticlockwise) than recommended, with a start at Maulden's St. Mary church. There is small (perhaps unofficial) car park below the church hill and another car park next to church itself. Both are unattended and free of charge. Walk itself is very easy to follow and is very light, definitely not moderate.

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Sarah T
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What a lovely part of Bedfordshire! These detailed directions were so good to follow. Houghton House is a great spot for a picnic and definitely worth a view. Trail was a good mixture of forest, cattle fields, odd tarmac/cement lanes and pasture passing many horses.

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Lizzy Woolmer
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Really good, one of the paths near the begging is closed but easy to walk around. Walk is lovely for beginners, would recommend.

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Pooks Together
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HikingMuddy

Great walk. Good length and a mixture of terrain and things to look at.

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Mark Anderson
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Hiking

great walk for everyone we took the dog and kids it was a lovely walk

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Roy Rogers
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Started and finished at the Geoge pub in Maulden and did it in reverse ie) anticlockwise route taking in a loop in Ampthill Park then back through Holly Walk. Houghton House definitely worth a look. I agree some of the roads/tracks could be avoided with a little planning.

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Andrew Darlington
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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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Amanda M
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Hannes Beiderwieden
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Hoang Le
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Kolima Akthare
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Mark Jolly
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Ashley Pointon
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Aaron Kelly
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Marisca Li
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Rosina Pullan
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abi hodkinson
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Maria Schisto
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Matt Salisbury
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Becca Parker
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Jerry Krz
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Matt Worley
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Pasquale Tanzarella
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Saffron Denton
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Oliver Oliver
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