Sunday 15 April: Special interest walk – Dunstable Downs

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Dunstable Downs: an extensive chalk and grassland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a walk not to be missed!-)

Amazing views, kite flying and an opportunity to taste the traditional Bedfordshire clanger.

Walk itinerary: 
Meet in front of the Main Reception
Depart at: 12.30 hours                                                                                                                         Return: circa 17.30 hours                                                                                                                Total walk length: circa 10 km (6 miles)                                                                                 Terrain: can be muddy, there are some stiles to climb over.  Wear walking boots or trainers plus other clothing suitable for country paths.                                                                  Stop for refreshments at the Chilterns Gateway Centre at the end of the walk                   Cost: £5 for members of Cranfield University’s walking society, non-members £8
Book your place at the Cranfield Students’ Association’s office, 1st floor                            Show you membership card to claim a discounted rate when booking a place.                    Have a look at this website on the day of the walk to see if there’s an update.

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Dunstable Downs are one of the 38 Areas of Natural Outstanding Beauty designated in the UK. Learn about Dunstable Downs’s fascinating geology thanks to our walk leader David Thompson, who teaches this subject at Birbeck College, University of London.

This will be a circular walk starting and ending at Chilterns Gateway Centre, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Cranfield University.This pleasant walk will take us along the boundary of Whipsnade Wildlife Park , after a stop to see the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral that was planted by Mr EK Blyth between 1931 and 1939.