Pete's Walks - Kensworth and Whipsnade Downs (page 1 of 2)

I did this roughly 5-mile walk on Sunday, 26th December 2010.  It was a repeat of a short local walk that I have done frequently, from my home in Kensworth through Whipsnade Heath to Whipsnade Downs, returning via Whipsnade and Holywell. It was a much sunnier morning than yesterday, with just some very thin and high white clouds in an otherwise blue sky. Unfortunately the views from the Downs were restricted as much of the Vale of Aylesbury was covered in a blanket of fog.

 I started by walking up Common Road, Kensworth, and taking the footpath on the left just after Old Green End Farm, which took me to Whipsnade Heath.

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Common Road, Kensworth

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The start of the path to Whipsnade Heath

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The path to Whipsnade Heath

On entering the wooded heath, I took a path going right and went right at the junction where it ended. This led on through the trees, eventually turning left alongside a boundary fence to reach the Dunstable-Studham road. I crossed over and took a bridleway almost opposite, running between hedgerows. When this ended at a T-junction of bridleways I turned right, on a long bridleway that would eventually take me to the top of Whipsnade Downs.

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Whipsnade Heath

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View of Whipsnade, from the bridleway starting across the Dunstable-Studham road

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Start of the bridleway from Whipsnade to Whipsnade Downs

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The bridleway to Whipsnade Downs

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The bridleway to Whipsnade Downs

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The bridleway approaching Whipsnade Downs

I turned right for a few hundred yards, before going left alongside a fence that appears to mark the boundary between Whipsnade Downs and Dunstable Downs. I followed the fence left at the next corner, and decided to extend the walk slightly from my planned route by taking an old drove way descending at an angle, and then taking a similar one back up to the top of Bison Hill. I took several photos along this stretch, but as I mentioned before the views were restricted to a few miles by the fog that shrouded much of the Vale of Aylesbury.

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Close-up shot of Dunstable Downs from the adjoining Whipsnade Downs

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Looking out over the Vale of Aylesbury, from the fence marking the boundary between Whipsnade Downs and Dunstable Downs

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Looking towards Totternhoe from the same spot - most of the Vale of Aylesbury was shrouded in fog, so the views from the Downs were a bit disappointing

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Start of an old drove way descending Whipsnade Downs to the foot of Bison Hill

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Dunstable Downs

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Looking back down another old Drove Way from about halfway up Bison Hill