Leighton BuzzardPitstone

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Leighton Buzzard and Pitstone.

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Leighton Buzzard
Grid Ref SP9193524997
Lat / Lon 51.91593° / -0.66472°
Easting / Northing 491,935E / 224,997N
What3Words nest.much.mint
Grid Ref SP9353215704
Lat / Lon 51.83214° / -0.64402°
Easting / Northing 493,532E / 215,704N
What3Words free.trader.shimmered

Leipit One's land is

Arable 21.5%
Pasture 57.8%
Urban 20.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



05 Jun 2021 Spring

It is possible to walk almost the entire way between Leighton Buzzard and Pitstone along the Grand Union Canal towpath, but presumably the lack of rest points along the way, apart from Grove Lock pub near the start, explains the detours. The existing route's detour to Slapton seems misjudged given that there is no longer a pub in the village, or any alternative nearby, and the route takes in an unpleasant stretch of the B488 through Horton, which is narrow, busy (though within a 30mph restriction) between tall hedges and with no verges (I have suggested an alternative as route Leipit 2). There is also an unnecessary detour along Wing Road in Linslade at the start of the route, given that the canal path can easily be picked up from Leighton Road, with ramped access adjacent to the Tesco car park. The towpath is concrete between Leighton and Grove Lock, and from then on dirt and grass (muddy when wet). The road route through Cheddington has pavement throughout, as far as Great Seabrook. The path from Gt Seabrook canal bridge to Pitstone can be very muddy in winter.

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