Great Barford - Church End - Blunham - Great Barford

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A truly fabulous circular walk, firstly alongside the River Great Ouse, passing lakes then crossing a weir and lock at Church End before passing a mill house and the ancient monument of Gannocks Castle to the left at Waymark 09. This is best viewed in winter through the trees. It is an earthwork motte and bailey fortress, with wet ditches. The small motte stands in one corner of a rectangular embanked bailey. The walk then continues through glorious countryside along the Kingfisher Way, before crossing open farmland, returning via parkland alongside the river.

England - Central England - Bedfordshire - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, River
12/31/2023 - Sarah Green

Loved this walk on New Years Eve. So quiet and clear waymarker instructions. To note parking is actually along New Road by the pub and at point 6 Mill Lane sign was missing but its clear you turn right in front of the church. Lots of interesting notice boards in the villages and such a lovely long amble by the river. Finished off perfectly with a pint at the Anchor. Thank you.

4/26/2023 - Keith Smith

We did this walk 18/5/23. Excellent walk -mostly flat and spot on instructions. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

3/15/2020 - Daryl Chambers

At point 5, the bridge over the Roxton weir is closed until November 2020. Consequently, follow the yellow disc signposts which will take you around to the other side of the lakes on the left that you saw as you came in. Follow the sign into Ford Lane in Roxton, the High Street then Left into Park Road and left again onto the Bedford Road back to Great Barford both villages being rather lovely.

8/16/2014 - Angie Baxter

We found this walk to be absolutely lovely, with lots of wildlife, wonderful views of rivers, lakes. Made for a really relaxing day walking for us, finishing with a superb meal at the Anchor. We extended the walk after a brief stop at the Anchor, to the other side of the river, following the Ouse Valley way for a few miles, circled a small island we found, walked a bit further then retraced our path. One caution is we were in cropped trousers and at this time of the year the nettles and brambles can be a bit overgrown in places.

9/9/2013 - gaius john potton

05/09/13- Maureen-Gus Potton this is an excellent walk well sign posted and very flat walking ( especially for a couple of 70 year olds) strongly recommend, this was our second time , and no doubt we will walk this again.

4/5/2012 - Dennis Johnson

Nice easy walk with pleasant countryside. Well signposted all the way round. Good to finish with a pint at the Anchor pub in Great Barford on the return to the start of the walk.

5/24/2009 - Roy Walker

Very pleasant afternoon stroll. The route is currently obstructed by a large fallen tree at TL 1407 5259, it is passable provided you don't mind a bit if climbing.

3/30/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Adrian Perkins for updating this walk, March 2009.

1/11/2007 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Gary Evans for updating this walk. December 2006.

12/29/2006 - Gary Evans

Good level walk for all abilities. Gets very muddy in winter so good walking boots or shoes are essential. Thanks Sue for a good walk :)

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