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Review of Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Dunstable
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful area and - hey - it's on our doorstep!!
Take a walk - on your own; as a couple; with friends; with kids (just brilliant) AND take a picnic, a bat and ball, a dog, a kite!! It really is a beautiful place to visit and if you live in Dunstable and have never been !! Go on - get some mates, make a picnic, or eat in the National Trust shop, and walk, play, jog, run or just relax on a bench or a blanket. You'll love it.
Come on - how lucky are we to have this beauty spot on our doorstep.
It's fantastic - or tanfastic in the summer.
Just so beautiful.

Thank n0tlimah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Facilities include cafe- restaurant, parking, pathways suitable for mobility scooter and pushchairs, kite flying, paragliding take off and landing and views over the glider club runway at the bottom of the hill.
You can make your walk harder by dropping down to the bottom of the hill and using an easy or hard route back to the top, the same applies to mountain bikers.

Thank Terry252
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the perfect place to stretch your legs, walk your dogs and get the best views across Aylesbury Vale. Whilst there's a good car park at the top, I'd recommend the circular walks to Whipsnade Zoo and Tree Cathedral through pretty bluebell woods and country lanes. My favourite regular walk runs along the base of the Downs and curves up the ancient Drovers Way to the top, where a stunning NT Visitor Centre will greet you with refreshments and Information. Or you can just sit relax on one of the many seats watching children flying their kites, or bigger children paragliding and gliders being launched from the London Gliding School below. The sky is full of wildlife too, Red Kites, Buzzards, Kestrels and Swifts overhead, whilst rare orchids and wild flowers grow all around this special area. I've seen badgers, foxes and rabbits too. Well worth a visit at any time of year! And all good clean healthy fun.

Thank sheenabrown4
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Been coming to Dunstable Downs all my life apart from the last few years. It truly is a lovey place with the most wonderful views. BUT avoid the cafe. was in the area for a family birthday and made a visit. I just fancied toast, I like toast! but no cant or wont do it. There where more staff in the kitchen than in the cafe so that was not the problem? So had an egg mayo sandwich instead MISTAKE cheap mayo used, it stands out a mile!!! Nearly £4 for a very small freezing cold sandwich, rip off. If they had any competition they would not survive. Take a picnic.

2  Thank GEOFF D
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

I’ve visited the downs for many years! Since the refurb it’s brilliant. Kids can pick up litter with special grabbers!

Cafe is lovely and the walks are great. Head into the woods there is a brilliant wooden assault course. It’s best to do it when it’s dry though as the wood gets slippery.

Lots of different walks to do, so go an explore!

Parking is £3 for the day!

2  Thank Kirsty H
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