The county of Bedfordshire offers a variety of lowland landscapes from the chalk downland of the Chilterns in the south, estate parkland such as that at Woburn in the west, heathland of the Greensand Ridge in mid-Bedforshire, the marsh and fen country of the east, and mixed farmland and woodland nearly everywhere. There are appealing riverside paths, and many prehistoric sites to investigate. This text provides details of 32 circular walks which thoroughly explore the area. They range from five to 12 miles, providing 245 miles of walking and should be suitable for experienced walkers, families and novice walkers.
Alan has trekked in over twenty-five countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia, and for seventeen years led organised walking holidays in several European countries. A member of the British Outdoor Writers' Guild, he has written more than a dozen walking guidebooks, several on long distance mountain routes in France. His longest solo walks include a Grand Traverse of the European Alps between Nice and Vienna (1510 miles), the Pilgrim's Trail from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela (960 miles) and a Coast-to-Coast across the French Pyrenees (540 miles). A Munroist and erstwhile National Secretary and Long Distance Path Information Officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland, in the heart of the Southern Uplands. Alan's first encounter with the Southern Upland Way was in 1995, when he backpacked the full length of the trail. A decade later he repeated the complete trail a second time, this time mainly using bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation, in order to research this guidebook. He has travelled extensively on foot in most areas of the Southern Uplands, having climbed all of the Donalds and most of the other hills above 500m in height, and traversed them from south to north in 2003 as part of his walk between Land's End and John o'Groats.