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Harlington to Flitwick Walk

Sundon Hills, the Sharpenhoe Clappers, a Neolithic hill fort, hill top lunch pub in Pulloxhill, and Flitwick ancient woodland.

Length 24.5 km (15.2 mi), of which 6.4 km (4.0 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 366 and 379 m. For a shorter walk, see the walk directions.
OS Maps OS Landranger Map: 153 (Bedford & Huntingdon) and 166 (Luton & Hertford) OS Explorer Map: 193 (Luton & Stevenage). Harlington station, map reference TL 034 303, is 11 km north of Luton and 92 m above sea level, Flitwick station, map reference TL 034 349, is 5 km north of Harlington and 79 m above sea level. Both are in Central Bedfordshire.
Toughness 5out of 10
Walk Notes The central attraction of this North Chiltern walk in Central Bedfordshire are the Sundon Hills, steep rolling downlands affording fantastic views over the surrounding plain, out north to the Greensand Ridge, and east to the classic steep chalk escarpment of Sharpenhoe Clappers, which is passed through as well. At Sharpenhoe one of the largest Neolithic hill fort sites in the South East is walked through, with good views east to Barton Hills, followed by a steep descent into the plain below. Further fine views of Pegsdon Hills further east along the Chilterns follow from the route through rolling grassy fields to the quiet hill top lunch destination of Pulloxhill. The afternoon route is less energetic, but not without interest, and leads through the gently rolling plain to the finish through ancient Flitwick Wood into the centre of Flitwick.
Transport Harlington and Flitwick stations are on the Brighton to Bedford-Thameslink line, stopping at East Croydon, Elephant & Castle (or London Bridge), Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St. Pancras International and West Hampstead Thameslink. Journey times from St. Pancras to Harlington are 45 minutes Mon-Sat (four trains per hour) and from 49 to 58 minutes Sundays (2 to 3 trains per hour). Flitwick is one stop further along the line and journey times from there are from 41 to 51 minutes Mon-Fri (4 trains per hour) and 48 to 54 minutes weekends (up to 4 trains per hour).
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Start: LU5 6LD | Directions at 4pm

Finish: MK45 1AJ | [Directions] at 10am

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Feb-17

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