1 Whipsnade – Studham – Whipsnade Zoo – Whipsnade – return to Car Park (5 miles)
2 Whipsnade – Tree Cathedral – Dunstable Downs – Five Knolls – Whipsnade (5 miles)
3 Map Sheets 1:25,000 OS Explorer Series – Sheet 181 Chiltern Hills North, Sheet 182 St. Albans & Hatfield, Sheet 193 Luton & Stevenage
Parking is free.
This is a figure of 8 walk that can be split into two shorter 5 mile walks, taking in some great views from Dunstable Downs and visiting historical churches in Whipsnade and Studham. The southern loop passes the perimenter fence of Whipsnade Zoo.
Start Walk 1 Southern Loop: From the car park walk across the common to The Church of St Mary Magdalene (16th Century) GR 012 179, follow FP to Studham skirting Bell Wood. Pass War Memorial and Red Lion PH. Follow FP to The Church of St Mary the Virgin (13th Century) GR 015 159. Follow Chiltern Way FP around perimeter of Whipsnade Zoo and return to Car park Finish
Start Walk 2 Northern Loop: From the car park go through the gate towards the Tree Cathedral follow the Icknield Way FP to GR 000 185, steep decent and follow FP with Gliding Club in view to GR 007 213, turn sharp right and climb up a short hill and follow the ridge past Five Knolls to the Chiltern Gateway Centre GR 007 195. Follow Chiltern Way FP back to car park at Tree Cathedral Finish
Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approximately 16.5 miles) Follow A41 out of Aylesbury in the direction of Tring. Take the B488 (B489) through Ivinghoe to Edlesborough Travellers Rest. Follow B4540 to Whipsnade past the Zoo entrance and the car park is signed just off Whipsnade Common.
Getting There from Oxford : (Approximately 41.0 miles) Take the A40 in the direction of Thame and then A418 sign posted Aylesbury onto A4129 signed for Princess Risborough. Follow A4010 and B4009 in the direction of Tring. Take the B488 (B489) through Ivinghoe to Edlesborough Travellers Rest. Follow B4540 to Whipsnade past the Zoo entrance and the car park is signed just off Whipsnade Common.
Ridgeway and Vale Expeditions Walkers’ Code
- Walks will normally take place on the second Sunday in the month. In some months, where there is an overriding event, the day may be changed.
- It helps the Organiser to know who is intending to turn up. Please make contact beforehand.
- Grades of Walk are – Leisurely, Moderate, and Strenuous. If you are new to the group and to walking, start with a walk graded “Leisurely”, and build up.
- Walkers are reminded that they attend walks at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you bring the appropriate gear for the conditions and adequate food and drink. Also make sure you have your medication and blood sugar meter handy. Especially on long walks, carry emergency provisions.
- A First Aid kit and additional glucose will be carried by an experienced member of the group. Please check your blood sugar at intervals on a walk.
- Follow the Country Code. Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Take home your rubbish and bury any human waste.
- Walks Leaders are responsible for keeping the group together and path finding. Please do not go ahead of the Leader. Always inform the Leader or back marker if you wish to leave the walk, however briefly. Always inform the Leader if you are feeling hypoglaecemic or if you believe another member of the group’s blood sugar is low.
- On public roads, take great care to walk in single file, facing oncoming traffic unless advised to do otherwise by the Leader.
- Dogs will be allowed on walks at the discretion of the Leader. Please keep them on leads when there is stock about or on roads.
- Remove or cover up muddy boots when entering a pub or tearoom. Do not consume your own food or drink on the premises, including the garden without permission. (If you enter a pub to use the toilet, buy a drink.)