Dunstable Downs

At 243 m (797 ft), the Dunstable Downs is the highest point in the county of Bedfordshire. The hills are a chalk escarpment, forming the north-eastern area of the Chilterns. Owing to its height, the area is often used by paragliders, kite fliers, and gliders more generally. The home of the London Gliding club can be found at the foot of the hills.

The summit sits next to the B4541 allowing easy access to reach the top where a trig point can be found. Two long-distance paths also pass through the area – the Icknield Way, a unique path that claims to be ‘the oldest road in Britain’, and the Chiltern Way.

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243 m (797 ft) England Bedfordshire
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51.86420059, -0.53638425 TL 0087 1941 182: St Albans & Hatfield