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Walking

Whether you are interested in walking for exercise, transport or as a social activity Bedford has a lot to offer anyone who is interested in walking.

Groups in the local area

There are a number of walking groups in and around Bedfordshire:

North Bedfordshire Ramblers Group

 

The North Bedfordshire Ramblers are a friendly group of individuals who enjoy and promote walks in and around North Bedfordshire. Their walks are usually within a 20 mile radius of Bedford Town Centre.

Website: www.northbedsramblers.co.uk
Email: mail@northbedsramblers.co.uk
Phone: 01480 350345

U3A Walking Club

 

A lively and friendly group for the retired and semi retired. Walks normally start at 10am on Mondays and last around two hours.

Name: Sheila Brummell
Email: sbrummelluk@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: 07729364933
or
Name: Hazel McLellan
Phone: 01234823347

Walking for health

 

Health walks are free and open to all – and usually last for about an hour. The relaxed friendly atmosphere allows walkers to get some exercise while socialising.

Name: Mike Fayers, Health Walks Manager
Website: Walking for health website
Email: mikef@bedsrcc.org.uk
Phone:01234 832619

 

Rushden Nordic Walking

 

We teach the basic techniques in Nordic Walking and Group Nordic walk lunchtime sessions on Thursdays from Borough Hall, and on Tuesday mornings at Harrold Country Park.

Website: Nordic Walking UK
Email:Fiona.fiander@yahoo.co.uk
Name: Fiona Fiander

Bedford Nordic Walkers

 

Nordic walking uses poles in order to work the upper body muscles as well as the legs and to help propel the walker along. Bedford Nordic Walkers are based in Clophill. They are close to the Greensand Ridge Walk and the Bunyan trail both of which provide many beautiful countryside walks away from noise and traffic. They also lead other walks in and around the Bedford area.

Website: Bedford Nordic website
Name: Rachel Armstrong
Phone:07932832052

North Beds Nordic Walking

 

Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.Classes range from gentle walks for people with health concerns, to workout walks, which are a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body.

Website: www.northbedsnordicwalking.co.uk
Email:info@northbedsnordicwalking.co.uk
Name: Theresa Saunders

Guided walk

Guided walks

Enjoy a relaxed and entertaining journey back through the ages in the company of a member of the Bedford Association of Tour Guides. Themes of the walks around Bedford include:

  • I Never Knew That
  • Who Lived in a House Like This?
  • The Life and Times of John Bunyan
  • The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle
  • Are You Being Served?
  • The Jewel in the Crown
  • WWII Bedford Walk
  • The Silent Faces of Bedford

For further details please visit www.bedfordtourguides.org

Journey planner

The Travel Bedford Journey Planner helps you plan your travels around Bedford by foot, bike and public transport. Type in your start point and destination, then select the mode of transport you’d like to use and the map will calculate the best route. Happy travelling…

 

Bedford walking and cycling map in PDF

Bedford walking & cycling map

 

The latest edition of Bedford’s Walking and Cycling map can be downloaded by clicking the image below. This map is of Bedford’s urban area which generally has good pavements for walking.

Urban Map

Bedford’s town centre map

 

You can download a 3D map of the town centre to help you navigate around the shopping area on foot by clicking the image below.


Golden route map

Rural cycle routes

 

You can download a map of rural Bedfordshire with some recommended cycling routes, which are also suitable for walkers by the image below.

Rural map

 

Recommended walking routes

There are a number of websites that recommend walking routes in and around Bedford, some of these sites are included below:

Walking in Beds
www.walkinginbeds.co.uk/bedford.php

Walking Britain
www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_list/Bedfordshire/

Bedford Borough Council
www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/countryside/promoted_walks.aspx

Lets Go
Lets Go website

 

Add your own route

Do you know of a nice walking route that we’ve not included on this website? If so, please let us know by emailing Bedford@sustrans.org.uk or by calling 01234 276 048.     It would be ideal if you could mark your route on to a map and send it to us but if this is not possible then give us a call and we’ll do our best to put it on a map for others to enjoy.

 

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Why Walk?

Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active and you can do it virtually anywhere for free!

Here are some facts and figures about the benefits of walking:

  • On average, every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes
  • Walking an extra 20 minutes each day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat per year
  • The best way to lose weight is to take long, moderately-paced daily walks, whereas the best way to condition your heart and lungs is to take shorter, faster walks
  • A typical pair of trainers will last 500 miles of walking – much cheaper than any other form of transport!
  • Walking can help decrease the risk of heart attack, decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and can even reduce the risk of bone fracture
  • Brisk walking can reduce stress and depression levels as well as improve cancer survival rates
  • Researchers have found that women who walked at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function than women who walked less than 40 minutes a week
  • Walking reduces the risk of both breast and colon cancer

The Ramblers website has some useful advice for walkers - www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx and the Sustrans website gives tips on walking with the family www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/children-and-families/walking-kids

Cycling area

Cycling area

Cycling area

Cycling area

Cycling area