What we're about

The Bedfordshire Walking Club walks most weekends throughout the year, we organise mid week evening walks during the summer months, and we love our walking weekends away!

But were not just about walking ... were also about making new friends, and having lots of fun!

So don't delay, join today! Joining the BWC is pretty easy, and we have provided some guidelines below:

• ALL members require a profile photo, your profile photo should be similar to that of a passport type photo, you know ... head & shoulders, and unlike the passport office, we allow you to smile in your profile photo!

• Your request to join the BWC will be declined if you do not have a easy to recognise profile photo of you.

• Members should walk regularly with the BWC, members that are not actively walking with the BWC may be removed and without prior notice.

• Those members who make a habit of changing their RSVP to no the night before, within hours of a walk starting, or being a no show will be removed from the BWC.

• We only want active, and fun members!

• We walk at a good pace and must stay together as a group ... so if you are after a stroll and needing to stop regularly to catch your breath then this is not the club for you!

• For several reasons we do not allow dogs (four legged friends) to attend any of our walks.

Disclaimer:

Organiser: I am NOT a qualified Walking Group or Mountain Group Leader.

As an organiser, I act as a point of contact. I do not accept responsibility for others or for instructing them.

I am sharing my personal experience, and I should not be considered as an expert in this field. Any less-experienced members of the club accompanying me, must be aware that they take any advice on this basis, and that the onus of responsibility for deciding whether or not to rely on any such advice lies with the less-experienced member.

Responsibility It is each individual members responsibility to approach outdoor activities, such as walking, hillwalking, with caution. Walking & hillwalking can be demanding and it is the responsibility of each individual member to ensure they are fit enough to complete the distance before joining any of our Meetups. If you have any doubts, you should consult your G.P.

Medical conditions, fitness level, weather conditions, ground conditions can all impact on members' ability and stamina. Know your limitations.

Not all trails are on solid and even surfaces, therefore it is each individual members responsibility to look after their own safety and not the liability of the Bedfordshire Walking Club and it's Organiser.

Venues The Organiser will provide a meeting place, a time, and a description of the route based on local knowledge and experience. Often reference is made to Walking Highlands, Walking English Man or other websites where more detailed descriptions are available. Please pay particular attention to the "Grade" of walk - easy, moderate and hard walks.

Cancellation / Changes Meetups maybe cancelled or changed due to weather or other factors out of our control. Members should check walk details before departure.

Fun & Safety This club is about having fun while enjoying a walk. Be it a low-level walk, coastal walk or climbing up a mountain. But please do not underestimate the British weather or conditions. If conditions deteriorate, stay as a group, work as a group, and come home safely.

Below are a few useful websites, packed full of information and advice.

The British Mountaineering Council -Working for climbers, hill walkers & mountaineers - https://www.thebmc.co.uk/

The Countryside Code - http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/en... (http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/countrysidecode/default.aspx)

NB. Any accident, injury or illness contracted on any of the walks or at social events to persons or animals is not the responsibility of the Bedfordshire Walking Club. Please make sure that you are adequately prepared and dressed for the walks or climbs. Again, if you are unsure about your level of fitness, please check with your G.P. before coming on the walks.

Upcoming events (5)

Sandy , Potton and Everton - 11.5 Miles Circular Walk

Stephen Troope has kindly offered to lead this walk The walk goes through the RSPB headquarters and then skirts the edge of the Sandy quarry and Potton before arriving at Everton where we will take a 15 minute lunch break . We then pass through the Everton Estate, then on to the S.O.E memorial at Tempsford before returning to Sandy. The walk is generally flat although there are some steepish steps in the RSPB grounds. As usual some of us will be heading to the pub (The Queens Head) for some light refreshment after the walk and everyone is invited to join us. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time . Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club Start: - Town Centre Car Park, High Street, Sandy, SG19 1AG . The entrance is opposite Mama's coffee shop Walk starts at 10am sharp - sorry we can't wait if you are late Parking: Town Centre Car Park, High Street, Sandy, SG19 1AG NOTE - There is also a smaller car park in the market square which is a 1 minute walk away from the starting point Distance 11.5 miles Time . Approx 3.75 hours ( including stoppages ) Charge . There will be a £3 charge for the walk Refreshments , There will be a break at about the half-way point so bring a drink and a snack Public Toilets . 1. There WILL be public toilets at the RSPB about an hour into the walk 2. There MAY be toilets available at the lunch stop at The Thornton Arms at Everton , subject to timings but please buy something if you want to use the pubs facilities) 3. There WILL be toilets at The Queens Head , Sandy at the end of the walk Climbing and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury . Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information contact Stephen Troope[masked]

Olney - Salcey Forest 19 Mile Circular

Fairfield Close

£3.00

The next of our summer long walks starts and finishes in the Pretty and historic market town of Olney then follows the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk through some very lovely villages and countryside to the magnificent Salcey Forest. We will be taking a break in Salcey Forest visitor centre before returning to Olney through more beautiful countryside and woodland. What to Expect A 19 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be overgrown in places. There will be lots of rolling hills but no steep climbs, total ascent 1100ft. we will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. Due to the distance this is a reasonably challenging walk and will be suitable for regular walkers with a good standard of walking fitness. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The Finer Points Start: Start point is the long stay car park on East Street opposite Fairfield Close. Nearest postcode MK46 4DP. (The best way to find it is to follow the google map link on the Meetup App) Walk Starts at 09:30 Parking: Parking is free in the Long Stay car park on East Street opposite Fairfield Close. All other car parks in the town are limited to 2 or 3 hrs. Distance: 19 Miles Total Ascent: 1100ft Walk Time: Approx 7 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: There will be a break around the halfway point at the Salcey Forest Visitor Centre. There is a very nice café so bring some money for tea and cake or you can bring your own drink and a snack. Toilets: There are Public Toilets in the Market Square in Olney that should be open for the start and end of the walk and at the halfway point in Salcey Visitor Centre. There are no dogs allowed on the walk. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact: Nick[masked]

Toddington and the Chalgrave Heritage Trail (12 Mile Circular Walk)

Sundon Hills Country Park

£3.00

A very pleasant walk from Sundon country park, through countryside and farmland, following the ancient Icknield Way and the Chalgrave Heritage Trail to Toddington. What to Expect A 12 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be overgrown in places. There will be a few hills but nothing too challenging, total ascent 900ft. We will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. This walk will not be too challenging and will be suitable for anyone with a reasonable standard of walking fitness. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The Finer Points Start: Start point is the car park at Sundon Country Park, Harlington Road Upper Sundon. Nearest post code LU3 3PE. The postcode is not exact so best to follow the directions from the app. Walk Starts at 09:30. Parking: The car park is free Distance: 12 Miles Total Ascent: 900ft Walk Time: Approx 4.5 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: There will be a break around the halfway point so bring a drink and a snack. Public Toilets: There are no public toilets available on this walk. There are no dogs allowed on this walk. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact Nick[masked]

Ashridge - Dunstable Downs (16 Mile Circular Walk)

Ashridge Visitor Centre

£3.00

This Month's longer walk is in the Chiltern Hills starting from Ashridge. This area is always a great place to walk, fantastic woodland, picturesque countryside and pretty villages. The walk will take us from Ashridge Forest across the Ouzel Valley to the top of Dunstable Downs. After a break at the Visitor Centre Café we will return to Ashridge via Whipsnade and Little Gaddesdon. What to Expect A 16 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be overgrown and uneven in places. There will be a few hills to tackle with a couple of steep climbs and a total ascent of around 1200ft. We will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. This walk will be quite challenging with few hills and a couple of very steep sections. It is suitable for anyone with a good standard of walking fitness. If you are a first timer please read the 'About us...' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability. If you can't make the walk please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow others to attend. Anyone making a habit of changing their RSVP the night before or being a no show will be removed from the club. The Finer Points Start point is the Ashridge Visitor Centre HP4 1LT. Meet by the Café. Walk Starts at: 09:30 Parking: The car park is free Distance: 16 Miles Total Ascent: 1200ft Walk Time: Approx 6hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: The Ashridge Visitor Centre Café is open from 8am if you want a drink or a snack before we start. We will be having a good break at the Chilterns Gateway on Dunstable Downs at approx halfway so bring some money or a drink and a snack. There is a £3.00 charge for the walk. Toilets will be available at the start, at the Halfway point and at the end of the walk. No Dogs allowed on the walk. Hiking and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of, accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. For further information Contact Nick[masked]

Past events (321)

Cranfield and The Marston Vale (11 Mile Circular Walk)

Cranfield Village Hall

£3.00

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