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Luton

Bedfordshire


Slow Ways linking Luton and Dunstable, Flitwick, Harpenden, Hitchin, Kimpton, Markyate, Stevenage

England / Bedfordshire / Luton

Luton’s seven Slow Ways are 64% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 3/7
and surveyed: 1/7

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Walk to Luton from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Dunstable—Luton
Dunlut one Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 183m Descent 150m
Flitwick—Luton
Flilut one Survey me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 238m Descent 274m
Flitwick—Luton
Flilut two Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 294m Descent 258m
Luton—Harpenden
Luthar two Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 147m Descent 146m
Luton—Harpenden
Luthar three Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Luton—Hitchin
Luthit one

Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 196m Descent 240m
Luton—Hitchin
Luthit two Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Luton—Kimpton
Lutkim one

Double check Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 111m Descent 133m
Luton—Stevenage
Lutste one Pioneer me Distance 0km/0mi Ascent - Descent -
Luton—Stevenage
Lutste two

Double check Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 280m Descent 297m
Luton—Stevenage
Lutste three Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent - Descent -
Markyate—Luton
Marlut one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 115m Descent 129m

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Collective progress

63% of Luton’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

11/12

reviewed

3/12

surveyed

4/12

verified

14 people have contributed to Luton’s Slow Ways

20 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Luton

163km out of 163km have been walked and reviewed

291km of reviews have been shared in Luton

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Hugh Hudson took this photo on Luthar two

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From Luton station we cross from the station south entrance steps and follow Bute Street, then turn left onto Guildford Street and continue on the right hand side of Church Street to find the pedestrian/cycle underpass under the roundabout. We then turn left onto Park Street to pick up the cycle track that turns left just before the bypass bridge. West Hyde Road is crossed on the level, and just beyond the point where we pass under the Midland Main Line railway, we leave the cycle track to turn right onto Thrales End Lane. We turn left and follow the right hand (west) pavement....

Hugh Hudson

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Hugh Hudson took this photo on Flilut two

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This leads into a wood where we leave the better trodden concessionary path right, initially along a field edge and then on Birchwood Lane. Having read Ruth's review of FliLut one, I was looking for the route into the field to the right and soon found it - the field edge path seems well trodden and soon leads us back to the right of way. Further up the hill the old path stuck close to the right hand edge of a field, but this path, though just about viable, is becoming very overgrown and it appears most locals stay in the field until just before the house. We then turn right onto a good path that follows a high wall and then goes along field edges to reach Samphill Road, where we turn sharp left. We go left past the club house and continue to skirt the edge of the built-up area, eventually rising into a field to a path crossroads where we head right towards a wood. This path emerges on a cycle track where we turn left steeply uphill to join Bradgers Hill Lane, where we go down to the right a few steps then take the path sharp left (unmarked on OS and OpenStreetMap but well trodden), that threads its way between houses and a school to reach the path down to Sunningdale....

Hugh Hudson

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Flitwick—Luton

Hugh Hudson added Flilut two, a new walk from Flitwick to Luton

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There may be scope for a third version - for me it would have been more attractive to take in the summits of Galley Hill and Warden Hill, and I don't know whether there are better routes between Flitwick and Barton-le-Clay, possibly via Pulloxhill....

Hugh Hudson

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Strider surveyed Luthit two

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The gap in a hedge Il Chimico mentions is on the OS map, but is no longer a path, Luthit Two avoids it by 30m and enters/exits the field via a wide path and avoids walking in a narrow verge-less road....

Strider

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This potentially monotonous road is made interesting by its rapid transition from A road to B road to C road to lane to track to path, ever changing land use and scenery. Hedge lined paths and wood side tracks, also paths across open fields take you to the outskirts of the town. Paths are generally good and easy to navigate , some short road walking in very quiet places, some steps, narrow through the crops and steep in places, kissing gates....

Strider

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Luton—Hitchin

Strider added Luthit two, a new walk from Luton to Hitchin

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A good walk, but spoiled by some dangerous road crossings and on-road walking. Corrected on Lutste Three....

Strider

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Strider surveyed Lutste three

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A verge takes you to lovely open fields of rape, the small yellow flowers just beginning to show, and interesting views of the airport and planes landing. Good variety from narrow wooded paths to wide open fields with big skies, quaint villages to carparks....

Strider

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Luton—Stevenage

Strider added Lutste three, a new walk from Luton to Stevenage

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Good starting and ending locations with good access to onward travel and facilities....

andy_mackay

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The M1 hums constantly and the low planes taking off from Luton airport roar overhead. I did hear some birdsong in the carpark outside Luton station. The walk into Luton is made pleasant by the use of a cut through and a park....

Strider

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Ruth Hutchings took this photo on Flilut one

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The route is described as Flitwick to Luton but the gpx file is Luton to Flitwick. Another point to note is on the route turning north west from Higham Bury towards Hermitage Lane which meets the Westoning Road. After passing this you can easily get back onto Hermitage Lane and to the Westoning Road as per the route....

Ruth Hutchings

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The path goes right past Luton Airport Parkway station which I availed of rather than walk the last mile into Luton itself....

Heather S.

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As previous reviewer said, the map seems to want you to crosss the railway at a locked gate, from here it isn't that obvious that there's a tunnel, you need to get down to the road level and the tunnel is not far away....

David Mansfield

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I didn't understand why there was an extra three sides of a square towards the end, where instead of continuing straight down Hicks Road, there was a left turn into Windmill Lane, I then walked straight past the right turn onto the footpath which has a way marker set back but no finger post so is easy to miss as you pass the entrance to a large house. Photographs: 1 Luton Station, 2 Luton Town Hall, 3 The Plough at Woodside, 4 Woodside, 5 Lower Woodside, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Woodside to Half Moon Lane, 10 dogs and obstructive gate on the pathway from Windmill Lane, 11 view of Markyate, 12 & 13 Markyate High Street...

Gill

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Flitwick—Luton

Ruth Hutchings pledged to walk Flilut one

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Luton—Kimpton

David Mansfield pledged to walk Lutkim one

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This left corresponds with a locked gate to a network rail access point, the actual path is to go right down a flight of steps onto the lower Luton road, turn right and walk about ten yards and then turn right again through a railway arch....

TriNuFings

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TriNuFings took this photo on Lutkim one

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(I passed by the point where Luthar Two turns off, and I agree with the reviewers of that route that it doesn’t look like a particularly safe or pleasant walking option, compared with staying on the Lea Valley Way into Harpenden.). All in all I think this is a good example of how a slow way should be: it uses the best of the available route options to create a direct, safe, and enjoyable route between neighbouring towns....

Jane Taylor

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Luton—Harpenden

Jane Taylor added Luthar three, a new walk from Luton to Harpenden

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Far better to have stayed with the Lea Valley walk all the way to Station Rd in Harpenden and then cross the road (at the pelican crossing), turn right and follow the conventional footpath up that road to the Station....

BigDog

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This is a great route from the centre of Luton to Markyate. It is mostly off-road so wellies or boots are recommended. You can pick up the route at Farley Hill, Woodside or Slip End....

Mike McKevitt

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The luton end of the walk is built up and not as nice as much of the rest of the walk and if you want to use a train for the return leg with a small detour you can stop at Luton Parkway Station avoiding the centre of Luton Town itself....

Jemdaly93

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Dunstable and Luton have grown together to form a single conurbation but this route runs along the hills to the south through attractive countryside for most of its length. It crosses the M1 in an underpass. On footpaths for some of the way with narrow paths, low branches and kissing gates, so perhaps more suitable for walking than cycling....

karlsz

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Luton—Harpenden

Il Chimico added Luthar two, a new walk from Luton to Harpenden

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The route is gently uphill to Offley mainly on a farm track which is deeply rutted in places....

Il Chimico

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Short on-road section at Mill End on the busy Harlington - Barton road includes a dangerous blind bend with no pavement and little room for pedestrians, but there is no obvious alternative route to avoid it....

karlsz

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Luton—Stevenage

Tony Gordon added Lutste two, a new walk from Luton to Stevenage

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Markyate—Luton

andy_mackay added Marlut one, a new walk from Markyate to Luton

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Luton—Stevenage

Al M added Lutste one, a new walk from Luton to Stevenage

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Dunstable—Luton

Slow Ways added Dunlut one, a new walk from Dunstable to Luton

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Flitwick—Luton

Slow Ways added Flilut one, a new walk from Flitwick to Luton

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Luton—Hitchin

Slow Ways added Luthit one, a new walk from Luton to Hitchin

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Luton—Kimpton

Slow Ways added Lutkim one, a new walk from Luton to Kimpton

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Luton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL0917321598

Lat / Lon

51.88227° / -0.41527°

Easting / Northing

509,173E / 221,598N

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