Bedfordshire

Dunstable Way

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Overview

Leave Luton Hoo Estate and head to Stockwood Park. Call at Woodside Animal Farm as you head to Whipsnade for the Tree Cathedral and Whipsnade Zoo. The foot of the Chiltern Hills brings you to Dunstable and a visit of Priory House. Call at Mead Open Farm on the way to Leighton Buzzard Railway. Finish up at Ascott House.

Luton Hoo Estate

Visit this traditional estate to enjoy the 5 acre octagonal walled garden built and designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the late 1760’s. Take a tour of the farm buildings, take some refreshments and maybe buy some produce. Limited opening hours apply.

Stockwood

Explore the various period gardens of Stockwood Park set in the grounds of a former stately home – Stockwood House. Stockwood Discovery Centre is a museum holding a number of displays and collections portraying the history of the area.

Whipsnade

A small village that is home to the Whipsnade Zoo, a 600 acre site with over 2,500 animals that is a great day out for all the family. Visit the nearby magnificent Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, created after the First World War.

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable is a market town at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Visit the Visitor Gateway Centre, café and shop to discover what the Chiltern Hills have to offer. Take in the gardens at Priory House, visit the Priory Church of St. Peter where the court annulled the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Enjoy refreshments in the wonderful tearooms.

Leighton Buzzard

Visit Leighton Buzzard Railway to see more than 60 locomotives and over 120 wagons at the narrow gauge centre. Nearby Ascott House originates from the 1600s, surrounded by magnificent gardens and housing art, porcelain and fine furniture. At nearby Billington you will find Open Mead Farm – fun for all the family.

Overview

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Luton Hoo Estate

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2.2 miles

Stockwood

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7.1 miles

Whipsnade

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1.0 miles

Dunstable Downs

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8.1 miles

Leighton Buzzard

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About the Dunstable Way Trail

Distance: 18 miles
Cites / Towns: 5
Number Of Businesses: 0

Start at the Luton Hoo Estate before making your way to the Stockwood Discovery Centre and gardens at Stockwood Park. Pass through Woodside Animal Farm as you head towards Whipsnade to visit the magnificent Tree Cathedral and Whipsnade Zoo for animal encounters for all the family!

Head towards the rolling landscape of Dunstable at the foot of the Chiltern Hills to visit Priory House before passing through Billing and Mead Open Farm en route to Leighton Buzzard to visit the steam locomotives at the Leighton Buzzard Railway. Finish up with a visit to nearby Ascott House.

Animal Life

Visit the Woodside Animal Farm or Mead Open Farm where you can get hands on with the animals or enjoy a tractor ride. Whipsnade Zoo is a fantastic adventure with lots of entertainment, animal encounters and opportunity to learn about wildlife.

Great Outdoors

Take a walk and enjoy the rolling countryside and fresh air of the Dunstable Downs and Chiltern Hills or visit the amazing Discovery Centre at Stockwood Park with its museum and enjoyable programme of events.

Estates & Houses

Take in the traditional Luton Hoo Estate and walled garden. Visit the Priory House Heritage Centre or the collections at the half-timbered National Trust property, Ascott House, steeped in history.