What we're about

Welcome to the Bedfordshire Walking Club, we walk most weekends throughout the year, whatever the weather, mostly around the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire. We also organise some great walking weekends away to some of the best hiking areas around the UK.

Be aware that BWC walks are NOT gentle rambles, we keep to a good pace with few breaks, and our walks are at least ten miles long. So, if you are looking for a gentle stroll in the countryside with lots of breaks and time to take photos, we are probably not the club for you. However, if you are after some great exercise with friendly, like-minded people, have a reasonable standard of fitness, and like a walk that is a bit of a challenge then you have come to the right place.

We are a relaxed and friendly group of all different ages and we make everyone very welcome. Our hikes are a great chance to meet new people, make new friends and get to know the countryside. Many people come on their own but you are welcome to bring along a guest if you want.

Come and join us, make some good friends, get some great exercise and experience some of the fantastic UK countryside.

Before signing up please read the guidelines below:

• Our walks are between 10 – 20 miles long and at a pace of over 3mph with only a short break halfway. Please make sure you are fit enough to complete the distance before you sign up for a walk.

The details page of each event will give a full description of the walk, what to expect and a recommended fitness level. If you are not sure that you will be up to the walk please contact the walk leader for more information.

• ALL members will require a name (not just initials) and profile photo that clearly shows your head, shoulders and face at a reasonably close distance so you are recognisable. Group photos, photos of children or pets are not acceptable. This is for the safety and piece of mind of the other members, failure to comply may result in a delay in your application being accepted.

• Please make sure we are able to contact you. Your profile privacy settings should be set so at least a walk organiser is able to get in touch with you to inform you of any possible changes.

• We hold walks all year round, in all weathers. Please make sure you come suitably dressed for the terrain and weather conditions with suitable clothing, wet weather gear and sturdy footwear. We don’t always get chance to stop at a pub or café so you should also bring water, a snack and maybe a hot drink in the winter.

•There will be a small charge for the walks, this is to cover the admin costs of the walk leader and running the website. Payment is made in cash at the start of each walk.

• Hiking and hillwalking can be demanding. Each individual member is responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Meetup Terms of Service Section 6, which all members have agreed to, lays out the details of liability relating to a group or an event. Anyone attending one of our events is subject to those terms and conditions.
If a member brings along a guest that is not a member of meetup they are subject to the above Terms of Service and attend at their own risk.

Although the leaders of the club walks are very experienced hikers, we do NOT hold any official qualifications and neither the walk leader or the club accepts responsibility for any accidents or injuries of any member while attending a walk.

• We limit the numbers for each of our walks to keep a small close-knit group. So, if you sign up for a walk and then cannot make it, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible to give other members chance to come along. Those members who make a habit of changing their RSVP the day before, or being a no show will be removed from the club.

• Sorry but we do not allow dogs on any of our walks.

If you have any further questions about the club please don't hesitate contact the organiser for more information.

Upcoming events (4+)

Sundon - Toddington 11 Mile Circular Walk

Sundon Hills Country Park

£3.00

This 11 Mile circular walk takes us from Sundon Hills Country Park following the Chiltern Way through Chalgrove to Toddington, we then follow the ancient Icknield Way across the valley back to the Country Park .

What to Expect
An 11 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be muddy and uneven in places. There will be rolling hills and some short but steeper climbs, total ascent 900ft. We will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk.

This walk will be reasonably challenging due to the distance and amount of ascent. 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: 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 but it is quite small so please car share where possible and park close together.

Distance: 11 Miles

Total Ascent: 900ft

Walk Time: Approx 4 hrs (includes stoppages)

Refreshments: There will be a break at the halfway point so bring a drink and a snack.

Public Toilets: There are no public toilets available on this walk.

Sorry no dogs allowed

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]

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Weekend - Day 1

Merrivale

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Britain’s only truly coastal National Park.

It may be one of our smallest National Parks but it is filled with golden beaches, amazing wildlife, a variety of different habitats and ancient archaeology and in the spring time it will bursting with wild flowers and migrating and breeding birds.

The National Park is also home to St David's. Well known as being the smallest city in the UK, but with its beautiful cathedral and with over 200 other listed ancient buildings and structures it has a lot to offer and well worth a visit.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
This is a great walk but, due to the distance and amount of ascent, will be quite challenging. 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.

Day 1 - St David's & Ramsey Sound

The Details

Accommodation
Both walks this weekend will be close to the city of St David's so you should organise your own accommodation in that area.

Distance: – 13 Miles

Total Ascent: – 2000ft

Timings: Walk Starts at 09:00

Start Point: – Merrivale car park located at Pit St, St David's, SA62 6RJ

Parking: Merrivale car park is quite large but it could get busy so please car share where possible.

This is a pay and display car park, at the time of writing the price is £5 for a full day.

Total Walk Time: Approx 6 hrs

Refreshments: Bring drinks, some lunch and snacks for the walk. Also bring some money because there will be a kiosk at the lunch point that sells hot drinks, snacks and, if the weather is good to us, chance for ice cream. There will also be tea and cake at the end.

Public Toilets: There will be toilets available at the lunch point.

Weather - The Welsh coast is notorious for unpredictable weather, even in the height of summer it can turn nasty so please come equipped for all eventualities.

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]

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Pembrokeshire Coast National park Weekend - Day 2

Whitesands Bay

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Britain’s only truly coastal National Park.

It may be one of our smallest National Parks but it is filled with golden beaches, amazing wildlife, a variety of different habitats and ancient archaeology and in the spring time it will bursting with wild flowers and migrating and breeding birds.

The National Park is also home to St David's. Well known as being the smallest city in the UK, but with its beautiful cathedral and with over 200 other listed ancient buildings and structures it has a lot to offer and well worth a visit.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
This is a great walk but, due to the distance and amount of ascent, will be quite challenging. 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.

Day 2 - St David’s Head & the Inland Hills

The Details

Accommodation
Both walks this weekend will be close to the city of St David's so you should organise your own accommodation in that area.

Distance: – 13 Miles

Total Ascent: – 2700ft

Timings: Walk Starts at 09:00

Start Point: – Whitesands Bay car park SA62 6PS

Parking: Whitesands Bay car park is quite large but it could get busy so please car share where possible.

This is a pay and display car park, at the time of writing the price is £5 for a full day.

Total Walk Time: Approx 6 hrs

Refreshments: Bring drinks, some lunch and snacks for the walk. There are no shops on the route today but there will be chance for tea and cake at the end.

Public Toilets: There will be toilets available at the start point.

Weather - The Welsh coast is notorious for unpredictable weather, even in the height of summer it can turn nasty so please come equipped for all eventualities.

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]

Cranfield - Marston Moretaine 13 Mile Circular Walk

Cranfield Village Hall

This is a great 13 mile circular walk from Cranfield to Marston Moretaine through the Forest of Marston Vale. This once industrial landscape of clay pits, brick factories and landfill sites was designated as a community forest in the 1990’s and is in the process of being given back to nature with the creation of several lakes, extensive wetlands and the planting of a new forest.

What to expect
A 13 mile walk through woodland and open fields mainly on good paths and tracks, some may be quite muddy in places. Expect quite a few hills and some steep climbs with a total ascent of 1050ft. We will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk.

This is a long walk with plenty of hills so will be quite challenging. 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. 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: Village Hall, Court Road, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0DR

Walk Starts - 9.30 am

Parking: There is Parking in Court Road at the side of the church.

Distance: 13 miles

Total Ascent: 1050ft

Time: Approx 4.5 hrs (includes stoppages)

Charge: There is a £3:00 charge for the walk.

Refreshments: There will be a break at about the halfway point so bring a drink and a snack.

Public Toilets: There are no toilets available on the walk although there is a pub at the end that you can use.

Sorry no dogs allowed

Climbing 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 (486)

Turvey 3 Counties Walk (12.5 Mile Circular Walk)

MK43 8ER

£3.00

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