This afternoon we went to Dunstable Downs which is just outside the town of Dunstable and is well signed. It is a chalk downland and part of the Chiltern hills, which gives spectacular views for miles. It is the highest point in Bedfordshire and It overlooks Dunstable Gliding Club. When there is good weather you can see many gliders flying over head and today there were plenty of kite flyers and picnickers. It is an ideal spot for both. It is a site looked after by the National Trust and there is plenty of parking on site.
If you have never been before the visitors centre is a good place to start your visit. It has a cafe/resturant, and a shop including a small second hand book section. They have various leaflets with details of different walks you can do in the area. There is also a kiosk outside selling refreshments and ice cream if you want to sit outside or have a dog with you etc.
From the overflow car park there is a straight path leading down towards the woods.
If you follow this it will bring you to the Chute Wood play area which is a natural play area for children with various things to climb on, balance on and explore and there is a lovely little nature trail walk you can do through the woods. Ideal on a hot day to get some shade !