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Review of Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Dunstable
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it's the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.Please note: Chilterns Gateway Centre is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the National Trust.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

People who say Bedfordshire is a dull county,devoid of special scenery, must get out more.
Especially around Dunstable Downs,around Whipsnade,around Sharpenhoe Clappers,around Barton Le Clay, up to Barton Springs and Plum Pudding Hill,just a few places to start with.
The Dunstable Downs and surrounding area is stunning and can speak for itself.
The restaurant is a lovely Eco type building, with lovely views as you would expect.
The food,from my point of view,is not stunning or beautiful,it is what we have all unfortunately,expect and except.
It,s ok, cafeteria type nosh. Pick it,stick it on the tray, don't walk away and forget to pay,as I did.
30 minutes later you stomach will remind you that you need to be more generous with the amount you shovelled into it.
However you can always fill yourself up with fresh and that doesn't cost anything.
Great place to start a walk,plenty of car parking.

Thank Calsaysayso
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Lots going on over the Easter weekend - children's races and Egg Hunt - as well as the usual hardy kite-flyers and walkers. This meant that parking by the Visitors' Centre was impossible. When we arrived they had closed the overflow car park due to the soggy ground. By the time we left, they'd opened it up again. We went really to get our breakfast, which we did. The restaurant was very packed with families (who on a warmer day would probably have been outside at the tables) and adult groups. Our breakfast was very good, hot and well-cooked. A vegetarian option was available. The kitchen appeared to be manned by young people who were undoubtedly doing their best under busy circumstances. Unfortunately there did not seem to be enough staff to keep the tables cleared and clean, so we ended up doing this ourselves. It's a shame you have to pay for a whole day's parking. For most people, a choice of a couple of hours would suffice. There is a National Trust shop which is always worth a browse, although not cheap to buy from.

1  Thank DartfordLynn
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We live very close the Dunstable Downs and walk to the downs very frequently through the woods. We have walked there in all weathers including deep snow. The Downs are brilliant at any time of year. As we walk we do not have to pay the parking fee which I think is far too high but NT members park free. It used to cost 50p to park and I think £2 is too expensive but on a hot day there are always plenty of cars there. We always visit the cafe and enjoy their excellent hot drinks in the winter and ice cream in the summer. The views are great and you can watch the gliders.Brilliant day for the young and young at heart.

Thank SueG56
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We went to fly a kite and despite the cold, was perfect windy weather. We warmed up in the cafe with a hot chocolate afterwards and a little look around the shop. Be great to visit in warmer weather with a picnic.

Thank Sarah Y
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

A beautiful area of the country. There are lots of lovely walks and some beautiful views. This grassy chalk downland has many lovely flowers including cowslips and rare orchids. There are also many red kites to be seen soaring around the area and occasionally landing. They are very common birds around here and there are always several visible. A real RSPB success story!

Thank Andyvon
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