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 (4)

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]

Ampthill Park to Ridgemont (11.5 Mile Circular Walk)

Ampthill Car Park, Woburn Road

£3.00

This walk from Ampthill Park is a bit of a tough one with quite a lot of ascent for the distance. It goes to the villages of Lidlington and Ridgemont passing through some wonderful woodland, past the ruins of a church, through some beautiful countryside and has more than a few hills to tackle. What to Expect An 11.5 mile circular walk mainly on good tracks and small lanes, some tracks may be muddy and overgrown in places. There will be rolling hills and some steep climbs. Total ascent 1200ft, we will maintain a pace of over 3mph throughout the walk. This walk will be quite challenging due to the 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 point is from Ampthill Park West car park. Nearest postcode: MK45 2GU. Please note that there are 2 car parks in Ampthill Park, we are using the one at the very end of Woburn Street NOT the football ground car park. If you are unsure please follow the direction from google maps on the walk page from the app. Walk Starts at 09:30 Parking: The car park in Ampthill Park is free Distance: 11.5 Miles Total Ascent: 1200ft Walk Time: Approx 4 hrs (includes stoppages) Refreshments: There will be a break at about 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. 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]

A Weekend on the South Downs 7th & 8th September

seven sisters country park visitor centre

For the last of this year’s Summer weekends away we will be visiting the magnificent South Downs. Sandwiched between London and the South coast, with rolling hills, white coastal cliffs, pretty villages and bustling market towns. The incredibly beautiful South Downs National Park covers around 260 square miles of breath-taking views and hidden gems making it one of the best walking areas in the South East of England. Come along for a great couple of days of walking and make the most of the final days of the summer. Outline Plan The plan is to complete 2 challenging walks based around The Seven Sisters Country Park in the Eastern end of the South Downs National Park on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. Saturday will be a circuit of the Country Park including a cliff top walk along the white cliffs and the famous Seven Sisters. Sunday will be an inland walk along chalk escarpments with fantastic views and passing the famous Long Man of Wilmington and other chalk figures. This will be a great weekend of walking with some spectacular scenery along the coast and inland. But be aware that it will be quite challenging with each day being around 15 Miles with an ascent of up to 2700 ft. The walks will be on good paths but expect plenty of hills and some steep climbs. IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THE DAILY ASCENT, TERRAIN AND DISTANCE MEAN THIS WALK IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR REGULAR WALKERS WITH A GOOD STANDARD OF WALKING FITNESS. THIS WALK IS NOT OPEN TO FIRST TIMERS AND ANYONE WANTING TO JOIN US ON THIS WEEKEND MUST HAVE WALKED WITH THE BWC PREVIOUSLY. This will be a very rewarding but tough couple of days. Each day’s walk will be done over the whole day at a steady pace with plenty of breaks including lunch at a pub and each day is optional so you are welcome to come along and only do one day if that suits you. Accommodation You will need to book your own accommodation for the weekend in the area of the Seven Sisters Country Park, the main towns nearby being, Eastbourne, Seaton and Lewes. This area of the South East is very popular so please book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. Costs As well as the cost of your accommodation and meals you will need to pay £4:00 for car parking for each day of walking. Meet up and Start Point: Both days we will meet at the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre, Exceat, near Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AD. Time: You will need to be at the visitor centre by 9.30 each morning. Parking: There is ample parking at the visitor centre. Cost is £4:00 per day. Refreshments: Each day we will be stopping at a pub around the halfway point for a break and refreshments but I recommend bringing plenty of drinks and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. The visitor centre has a café/restaurant so a chance for tea and cake at the end. The weather on the coast can be unpredictable and changeable 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]

Barton Hills - 11.5 Mile Circular Walk

Old Road

£3.00

This circular walk Starting from Barton Le Clay goes around the North part of the Chiltern Hills, passing through the nature reserves of Barton Hill, Pegsdon Hill and Warden Hill and the lovely village of Lilley. As well as the wonderful countryside in this area, there are some fantastic views and a few hills to tackle. What to Expect An 11.5 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 steep climbs, total ascent 1100ft. We will maintain a pace of at least 3mph throughout the walk. This walk will be reasonably challenging due to the 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 point - Old Road, Barton-le-Clay MK45 4LB If you are not sure where it is please follow the directions using google maps from the Meetup app. Walk Starts at 9.30 am Parking: There is roadside parking alongside the recreation ground. Distance: 11.5 Miles Total Ascent: 1100ft 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. 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]

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