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Dunstable Downs

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Highly enjoyable

This is a vast area of National Trust land at the top of the Downs with great views. It is used by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Barry B
Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
Lovely place suitable for all

Lovely place for long walks, cycle rides,horse riding on bridle paths. Great for children to kick a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sandra H
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Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are...more
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Dunstable Downs Golf Club Whipsnade Road | Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2NB, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a vast area of National Trust land at the top of the Downs with great views. It is used by walkers, cyclists kids kite flyers and those who just want fresh air. Good parking (free for NT members), a tea room which has...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Barry B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Location and views spectacular. National Trust Café quite disappointing. Menu wasn’t very clear, numerous things served which weren’t listed (e.g. chips). The fact drinks were served in disposable cups unless real crockery specifically requested, and cakes etc. all served on paper plates was very disappointing...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Hogwashed
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely place for long walks, cycle rides,horse riding on bridle paths. Great for children to kick a ball,fly a kite or go to play area. The cafe/restuarant is lovely and sells a variety of drinks and food. There are also kites to buy and fly....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dunstable downs is a quiet place with strong wind speeds, perfect for flying a kite. If that isn't your thing then you can go on long walks around the wooded areas or across farm land and encounter some animals. You can then settle down with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CLW1988
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just minutes from a busy Town, you could not imagine the beautiful vast countryside, layer upon layer of gorgeous land, a relaxing place to watch the gliders and hang gliders float across the blue skies....great walks both on top of the Downs as well as...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the Downs with friends, easy car park, beautiful views, and the downs breathtaking walks. The Cafe is superb and the home made sausage rolls and scones superb, cheerful staff, spotlessly clean, all ameneties, pots of tea, sitting outside is heaven, the shop is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bolt9586
VisitorServicesTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Dunstable Downs, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are delighted that you enjoy this special place so much, thank you for your glowing review. Our countryside team and the countryside volunteers work very hard to keep everything outside in the best possible condition. The indoor staff and volunteers are dedicated to making...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit in your spare time and if you're feeling active. Miles of footpaths to walk, uphill and downhill. Often gliders, hang gliders and kites of all sorts to amuse you and pass the time all too quickly. In nice weather you can...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most days there are long reaching views, stretching across 2 or 3 counties. Dunstable Downs combines chalk downland with small pockets of woodland. The area contains a variety of wildlife habitats, attracting downland, arable and woodland bird, mammal and flora species. Regular highlights include skylark,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank willowkearey
Reviewed March 5, 2019

Be sure to wrap up well because it is always windy on The Downs. The views are amazing and the well made path makes it accessible to all. There is a large car park by the cafe and lots of benches and open space for...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pengor
Reviewed February 27, 2019 via mobile

Views are amazing. You can go for a little walk and have a cake after. It’s very busy on sunny weekends, lots of families flying kites, long queues. The cafe is cosy and you can enjoy views through the glass wall. Parking costs 3.50£ which...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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VisitorServicesTeam, Marketing at Dunstable Downs, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2019

Hi there. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Dunstable Downs and hope that you will continue to visit. I'm afraid that the parking charge of £3.50 is compuslory and members of staff check the car park regularly. They will leave a note...More

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February 15, 2019|
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Response from VisitorServicesTeam | Property representative |
You would need to get a train to Luton then the number 35 (Centrebus) to Dunstable Downs. The view up here is amazing so well worth a visit.
July 31, 2018|
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Response from simon w | Reviewed this property |
No cash is required.
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June 17, 2018|
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Response from vegetarian1980 | Reviewed this property |
There is a hard path that runs from the new car park near the building accross the top of DDowns. You can take in the view which is stunning. The path is not flat however as it follows the natural formation. Other than this... More