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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.
There are a number of walking groups in and around Bedfordshire:
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.
Phone: 01480 350345
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
Name: Hazel McLellan
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
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
Name: Fiona Fiander
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
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.
Name: Theresa Saunders
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:
For further details please visit www.bedfordtourguides.org
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…
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.
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.
There are a number of websites that recommend walking routes in and around Bedford, some of these sites are included below:
Walking in Beds
Bedford Borough Council
Lets Go website
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.
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:
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