Dunstable Downs

Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY

The woodland playground at Dunstable Downs
The woodland playground

This place has some stunning views across the Aylesbury Vale and Bedfordshire. It seems to almost always be at least breezy up here so there is lots of kite flying to be had. Some of the people who go here have amazing kites so even if you aren’t flying yourself it is lovely to watch the other kites. There is a gliding club at the foot of the downs and, if the weather is right, you can watch the planes and gliders take off and land which is pretty cool.

There are lots of walks you can do from here, the most obvious one being across the downs and up the hill. There are numerous circular walks as well. I’ve been here many times and it wasn’t until recently that I found out there is also a woodland play area here! It is quite hidden away but follow the path immediately as you come out from the car park (it looks like a bit of a bit track) and leads towards a Chute Wood. There is a gated entrance at the end which leads through the woods to a playground area. Because it’s away from the main area it wasn’t that busy and it’s quite a large playground so the kids had a fantastic time.

The visitor centre is relatively new and includes a shop, cafe and the toilets. There is also a large picnic area near the main green space. The main paths are pushchair friendly but due to the nature of the downs there are places that are more difficult to get through. Look out for rabbit holes! There are also a lot of very steep drops not too far from the footpath so you need to keep an eye on smaller ones.

Entry – Free.

Parking –  Plenty on site. It is chargeable but free for NT Members.

Toilets – Within the main visitor centre.

Food – Cafe on site but picnics are also welcome.

Rating – 4 / 5
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate

The woodland playground at Dunstable Downs
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