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Dunstable Downs

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Address: Dunstable Downs Golf Club Whipsnade Road | Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2NB, England
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+44 1582 500920

Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by...

Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it's the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.Please note: Chilterns Gateway Centre is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the National Trust.

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Gorgeous views and some great walks

We recently joined the NT so thought we should pay a visit. Car parking is £2.50 (unless you are a member or blue badge holder). There is a really good visitor centre selling NT... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently joined the NT so thought we should pay a visit. Car parking is £2.50 (unless you are a member or blue badge holder). There is a really good visitor centre selling NT goodies and a very large cafe. There is lots of seating outside so you can take your own snacks and enjoy them too. We picked up... More 

Thank livinglifetothefull1
Ashendon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a lovely place to go and stare at beautiful views and watch the gliders and kites whilst enjoying a good coffee. The waitresses are always lovely and friendly and the cakes are lush! It cost a little north of £9 for two coffees (quite small) and two cakes.

Thank Adam R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Will always be there great views and open spaces food in the cafes is expensive so tack your own but a good day out with the family

Thank John S
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Just a short walk from home. A really good visitors centre which has a good cafe on site. The views from there are excellent. You watch the gliders and paragliding along the ridge. Well worth a visit...

Thank Mike D
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We are lucky enough to live really close to this wonderful place. The views are astounding and it is the perfect place for a nice walk, great kite flying or a picnic in the summer. there's also a wooded playground area which is fabulous for kids!

Thank Cicada_familiar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

We often go to Dunstable downs...it's a great place for walking...lots of different walks, we like going up the top of the hill where you can get beautiful photos on a clear day! Also great to watch the sun going down. It's also fun to fly a kite ...they sell lots of different ones in the visitor centre ! Parking... More 

Thank Carolj28
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Got to say if you fancy a great walk with stunning views this is for you. Great for lovers and families alike and 100 % dog friendly .... bring a kite !!!

Thank Richard B
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I needed to get out of the city for a day and this was perfect. I took a long walk on the top of the hills, had some Mr Whippy and just enjoyed the views. Lots of people fly a kite there as well and have proper picnics and it's great if you have kids as well.

Thank misskarinrus
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped here a couple of weeks ago and had a great walk with my wife down to the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral and around Whipsnade although the pub was shut. The NT centre is good to visit and you can pick up leaflets for various walks. A coffee and pasty there was also very nice. For a cyclist it's best to... More 

Thank Alan T
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Dunstable downs and decided to become national trust members there and then, Zoe was a fantastic informed staff member who made our experience of Dunstable downs amazing and was full of information, great spot and one of our favourite scenic adventures!!

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