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 local mid-week daytime walks during the summer months and we have 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 most of 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 a guest along 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:

• Most of 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 you will be up to the walk please contact the walk leader for more information.

If you are new to walking or are looking to build up your fitness maybe try one of our shorter weekday walks first.

• 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 are not acceptable. This is for the safety and piece of mind of 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 running the site and the walk leader. 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.

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 one of the organisers for more information.

Upcoming events (5)

Autumn in Ashridge - 11 Mile Walk

Ashridge Visitor Centre

£3.00

Ashridge is a great place to walk, whatever the season but is particularly spectacular in the autumn when the beech, oak and lime trees add their unique shades to produce some wonderful colours. The different shades of the trees and the great views of the surrounding countryside make this a great walk. What to Expect A 11 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be muddy and uneven in places. There will be a few hills to tackle but nothing too steep and a total ascent of around 950ft. We will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. This is a lovely walk that is reasonably challenging due to the distance and ascent. It is suitable for anyone that is a regular walker with a good standard of 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT COVID 19 INFORMATION With the easing of Gov restrictions and advice from the Ramblers Association, I am very pleased announce that we can now walk together as a larger group, so there is no need to split down into smaller groups anymore. However, although the threat from the virus is very low, especially outdoors, it is still with us and we should still keep aware of the threat and take the usual precautions, such as social distancing, hand washing etc, you may also want to consider bringing along hand sanitiser and a face mask on the walk. As part of track and trace, each person attending a walk will be required to give a contact phone number and they should also make sure that their meetup messaging settings is set so that the walk leader is able to message them. If you are showing any symptoms beforehand please do not feel obliged to attend the walk even if you need to cancel at short notice. If anyone develops symptoms within 2 days after a walk please contact the walk leader as soon as possible so we can put contact tracing into operation. This is obviously subject to change depending on any local restrictions that may come into force so please keep checking the walk page for any announcements. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 regular no show will be removed from the club. The Details: Start point is the Ashridge Visitor Centre HP4 1LT. Meet on the green opposite the Café. The post code is not exact so please follow google maps from the app if you are unsure of where it is. Please maintain a social distance when gathering at the start of the walk. Walk Starts at: 09:30 Parking: The car park is free Distance: 11 Miles Total Ascent: 950ft Walk Time: Approx 4 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: We will be having a short break around the halfway point so bring a drink and some lunch There is a £3.00 charge for the walk. Toilets: There are toilets available at the start 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]

Thursday - Oughtonhead Common and Telegraph Hill Nature Reserves 9.5 mile walk

A charming circular walk from Pirton to Little Offley through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside including Oughtonhead Common and Telegraph Hill Nature Reserves. We will be walking at around 3 mph so a fair level of fitness will be required. Walking boots and waterproofs are recommended. WHAT TO EXPECT - Mainly good tracks although some paths may be overgrown and muddy in places. - Mainly nature reserves, woodland and fields although some road walking. - There are some gates on this walk. Please follow the Countryside Code by leaving gates and property as you found them. 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 time: 10am sharp, sorry we can't wait if you are late. Starting point and parking: Pirton Recreational Ground, Walnut Tree Road, Pirton, Hitchin SG5 3PX. Distance: 9.5 miles Time: Approx 3.5-4 hours (including stoppages) Charge: There will be a £3 charge for the walk and please pay cash on the day. If you notice you have 'unpaid' by your name, please ignore it because it is a fault. Refreshments: There will be a break halfway so please bring a drink and a snack. Public toilets: There are no toilets on this walk. Dogs: No dogs are allowed. Climbing and hill walking 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 Emma Allen[masked]. IMPORTANT With the easing of the Government restrictions and advice from the Ramblers Association, I am very pleased to announce that we can now walk together as a larger group, so there is no need to split down into smaller groups anymore. However, although the threat from the virus is very low, especially outdoors, it is still with us and we should still keep aware of the threat and take the usual precautions, such as social distancing, hand washing etc, you may also want to consider bringing along hand sanitiser and a face mask on the walk. Also, please do not share food, drink or equipment such as walking poles. As part of track and trace, each person attending a walk will be required to give a contact phone number and they should also make sure that their meetup messaging setting is set so that the walk leader is able to message them. If you are showing any symptoms beforehand, please do not feel obliged to attend the walk, even if you need to cancel at short notice. If anyone develops symptoms within two days after a walk, please contact the walk leader as soon as possible so we can put contact tracing into operation. This is obviously subject to change depending on any local restrictions that may come into force so please keep checking the walk page for any announcements.

Wednesday - Gamlingay, Potton Wood and Hatley Park 9.25 mile walk

A lovely countryside walk in and around the village of Gamlingay on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. The walk starts by passing by a late 15th Century house, then on to Potton Wood, Cockayne Hatley and Hatley Park. We will be walking at around 3 mph so a fair level of fitness will be required. Walking boots and waterproofs are recommended. WHAT TO EXPECT - Mainly good tracks although some paths may be overgrown and muddy in places. - Mainly woodland, fields and parkland although some road walking. - There are sheep in some of the fields. - There are some gates on this walk. Please follow the Countryside Code by leaving gates and property as you found them. 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 time: 10am sharp, sorry we can't wait if you are late. Starting point: Junction of Church End and Dutter End, Gamlingay. The nearest postcode is SG19 3JJ. Please see the map below for a more accurate location. Parking: Street parking on Church End. Distance: 9.25 miles Time: Approx 3.5-4 hours (including stoppages) Charge: There will be a £3 charge for the walk and please pay cash on the day. If you notice you have 'unpaid' by your name, please ignore it because it is a fault. Refreshments: There will be a break halfway so please bring a drink and a snack. Public toilets: There are no toilets on this walk. Dogs: No dogs are allowed. Climbing and hill walking 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 Emma Allen[masked]. IMPORTANT With the easing of the Government restrictions and advice from the Ramblers Association, I am very pleased to announce that we can now walk together as a larger group, so there is no need to split down into smaller groups anymore. However, although the threat from the virus is very low, especially outdoors, it is still with us and we should still keep aware of the threat and take the usual precautions, such as social distancing, hand washing etc, you may also want to consider bringing along hand sanitiser and a face mask on the walk. Also, please do not share food, drink or equipment such as walking poles. As part of track and trace, each person attending a walk will be required to give a contact phone number and they should also make sure that their meetup messaging setting is set so that the walk leader is able to message them. If you are showing any symptoms beforehand, please do not feel obliged to attend the walk, even if you need to cancel at short notice. If anyone develops symptoms within two days after a walk, please contact the walk leader as soon as possible so we can put contact tracing into operation. This is obviously subject to change depending on any local restrictions that may come into force so please keep checking the walk page for any announcements.

Woburn Safari Park and Aspley Heath 11 Mile Circular Walk

Woburn Car Park

£3.00

This is a great walk that takes use, firstly, through the Woburn Estate and the deer park, and then a chance to see some more exotic animals as we walk through the Safari Park, then on to Woburn Sands and the lovely woodland on Aspley Heath. What to Expect An 11 mile walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be muddy in places. There will be rolling hills and a long steep climb to tackle, a total ascent of 950ft, we will maintain a pace of just over 3mph throughout the walk. This a very enjoyable walk but there is quite a lot of ascent. It 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. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IMPORTANT COVID 19 INFORMATION With the easing of Gov restrictions and advice from the Ramblers Association, I am very pleased announce that we can now walk together as a larger group, so there is no need to split down into smaller groups anymore. However, although the threat from the virus is very low, especially outdoors, it is still with us and we should still keep aware of the threat and take the usual precautions, such as social distancing, hand washing etc, you may also want to consider bringing along hand sanitiser and a face mask on the walk. As part of track and trace, each person attending a walk will be required to give a contact phone number and they should also make sure that their meetup messaging settings is set so that the walk leader is able to message them. If you are showing any symptoms beforehand please do not feel obliged to attend the walk even if you need to cancel at short notice. If anyone develops symptoms within 2 days after a walk please contact the walk leader as soon as possible so we can put contact tracing into operation. This is obviously subject to change depending on any local restrictions that may come into force so please keep checking the walk page for any announcements. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Finer Points Start point is the public car park in Park Street, Woburn, MK17 9PG. Opposite the Parish Church Walk Starts at 09:30. Parking: The car park in Park Street is free. Distance: 11 Miles Total Ascent: 950ft. Walk Time: Approx 4 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: We will be having a break around the halfway point so bring a drink and a snack. Public Toilets: Toilets as we pass through the Safari Park about 1 hr into the walk. There is a £3.00 charge payable at the start. 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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