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Sandy

Bedfordshire


Slow Ways linking Sandy and Bedford, Biggleswade, Potton, St Neots

England / Bedfordshire / Sandy

Sandy’s four Slow Ways are 75% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 2/4
and surveyed: 2/4

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Walk to Sandy from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bedford—Sandy
Bedsan one Pioneer me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 55m Descent 53m
Bedford—Sandy
Bedsan two Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Sandy—Biggleswade
Sanbig one

Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 69m Descent 71m
Sandy—Biggleswade
Sanbig two Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Sandy—Potton
Sanpot one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 74m Descent 64m
Sandy—St Neots
Sanstn two

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 65m Descent 53m
Sandy—St Neots
Sanstn three Enjoy me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 79m Descent 91m

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Collective progress

64% of Sandy’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

6/7

reviewed

3/7

surveyed

2/7

verified

8 people have contributed to Sandy’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Sandy

71km out of 86km have been walked and reviewed

127km of reviews have been shared in Sandy

Latest Updates

Large section to the south of the route traverses the River Ivel, and the north section takes in the RSPB , a cafe and toilets (check opening times) and a pleasant woodand section down into Sandy. The route is also saved by Biggleswade Common being open access, making the gpx issues less critical. You *could* cut across Biggleswade Common (still open access) to the East of the trainline towards Sandy, but there are numerous male cattle and horses in the field and potential boggy sections *untested* and the route sensibly suggests hugging the west margin2...

andy_mackay

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The route follows National Cycle way 51 out of Bedford and picks up route 12 in Blunham so you will be sharing the path with cyclists and sometimes with horse riders too but no cars for most of the way. There are car parks on the route at Priory Park and Willington (Danish Camp). This route can get busy at weekends and sometimes parts near Priory Park and the Grange estate are used for running events such as Race for Life and the Bedford Half marathon but the path is not closed then just very busy....

Tom Campbell

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The crossings of the A1 coming out of Sandy and later at Tempsford are impassable and involved short but necessary detours The last part of the walk was along a busy road with no footpath....

Philip Le Marquand

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On Biggleswade Common there was one stretch of path which had mot been maintained and had to battle through Brambles and Nettles....

Philip Le Marquand

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Bedford—Sandy

Gemma Notarangelo pledged to walk Bedsan two

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Bedford—Sandy

Gemma Notarangelo pledged to walk Bedsan one

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The path through tiny Gipsy corner copse was quite overgrown, The path across the field from Gipsy Corner to the golf course had been ploughed and had crops on it (perhaps visible in winter) but I walked around the field alongside a rivulet which had a path rather than walk through the crop. Another long path beside a huge field, across a road, over a low slung wire 'gate' into a field close to a moat which seemed to have over-spilled into the field. Entering St Neots outskirts there is a little suburban walking then a very pleasant cycle/walking path through parkland before crossing a bridge into St Neots town center....

Strider

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Quickly out of Biggleswade town to a stunning riverside path next to the Ivel. Across a bridge and up towards The RSPB Lodge which is very beautiful, The path goes past a visitor centre, but it was closed (Friday, 26th May)....

Strider

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Sandy—Biggleswade

Strider added Sanbig two, a new walk from Sandy to Biggleswade

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A long stint, mainly due to long stretch along former roman road which is now a mixture of footpaths and road walking. No amenities along the main stretch of the route, despite shop in suburbs in St Neots. Bring good walking boots and plenty of refreshments....

Hannah

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I'd recommend instead going out on Potton Rd then taking the footpath through the northern edge of RSPB Lodge - less road walking and much safer....

pwright

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Bedford—Sandy

_Josh_justJosh added Bedsan two, a new walk from Bedford to Sandy

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Sandy

andy_mackay surveyed Sandy

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This is a long Slow Way, with no real stopping points along the main section of the route....

andy_mackay

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If I was to walk it again I would turn left at the end of Long Riding and join the B1042 into Sandy as there is a footpath alongside the road all the way into Sandy....

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andy_mackay surveyed Sanstn three

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Sandy—St Neots

andy_mackay added Sanstn three, a new walk from Sandy to St Neots

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carolinealicemead surveyed Sanbig one

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Very beautiful route, with a combination of woodland, pavement, paths, and towpath next to a river. Part of it passes through the RSPB Lodge nature reserve. Large areas not suitable for wheelers due to uneven and narrow paths....

carolinealicemead

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Bedford—Sandy

Slow Ways added Bedsan one, a new walk from Bedford to Sandy

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Sandy—Biggleswade

Slow Ways added Sanbig one, a new walk from Sandy to Biggleswade

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Sandy—Potton

Slow Ways added Sanpot one, a new walk from Sandy to Potton

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Sandy—St Neots

Slow Ways added Sanstn two, a new walk from Sandy to St Neots

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Sandy, Wed 24 July

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Sandy’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL1728749209

Lat / Lon

52.12876° / -0.28800°

Easting / Northing

517,287E / 249,209N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Sandy and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Sandy's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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