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Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs Golf Club Whipsnade Road | Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2NB, England
+44 1582 500920
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Just admire England at its best.

This is a wonderful place to sit and watch. Be it gliders being towed into the sky above, and then... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bungay, United Kingdom
via mobile
Dunstable's Greatest Attraction

I have been visiting Dunstable Downs for almost 50 years. It is one of Bedfordshires greatest... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Andy H
Dunstable, United Kingdom
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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 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.
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“kite flying” (75 reviews)
“national trust” (73 reviews)
“hang gliders” (29 reviews)
Dunstable Downs Golf Club Whipsnade Road | Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2NB, England
+44 1582 500920
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to sit and watch. Be it gliders being towed into the sky above, and then let go. Far higher, planes coming into land at Luton Airport. Families enjoying the vast open space. Dogs being walked, children playing, couples walking by....More

Thank diamondcittage
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I have been visiting Dunstable Downs for almost 50 years. It is one of Bedfordshires greatest beauty spots. It looks better today, than 50 years ago with the improved pathways,and the visitor centre. The views are stunning and the hangliders and gliders make it a...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a nice place to go for a walk and be outdoors. There are some beautiful views, it is peaceful. There are some activities, such as gliding, which is fun to watch. As described by others, quiet, peaceful, beautiful, great place to go and...More

Thank Newt089
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

You cannot deny the beauty of Dunstable Downs. A place that holds a lot of Happy memories and full of beautiful views on every corner. The only flaw is the expense of parking. £3 for all day parking is not a suitable method. Should at...More

Thank Sparkatus76
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

A lot of open space for children to enjoy. Great views with the added interest if the gliders at the foot of the downs. A good walk from the car park to the far end of the downs. For the energetic walk from the top...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Great find for an amble with the kids, a dog or just yourself. As described by others. Nothing to do but enjoy the fresh air and fabulous views. Decent cafe but next time I will bring my own flask, some sandwiches, a piece of cake...More

Thank Stefan G
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Great place for a stroll. Lovely views but watch out for the kites! Plenty of parking but not the cheapest at £3 a day now. Great cafe there well worth a visit. Good flat paths for wheelchair access

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a lovely few hours here at the weekend. National Trust members park free, it's a shame there's only an all day charge of £3 when some may want to spend an hour at the most but I've paid more in other places. The...More

Thank Wildlass
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Parked up on a Friday night with the roof down on the car, a blanket and a coffee and watched a meteor shower here. It was absolutely perfect

Thank Bill_The_Butcher007
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A good summers day chilling on the downs in the sun watching the gliders. A great chilled afternoon and the cafe wasn’t too bad. A relaxing afternoon indeed.

Thank Mark D
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19 May 2016|
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Response from MrJohnSmith79 | Reviewed this property |
There are signs saying no to bbq
6 April 2015|
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Response from VisitorServicesTeam | Property representative |
Hello, Most days you can see the planes that come into Luton Airport. The flight path tends to be towards the back of the Downs coming in over Whipsnade village.
19 February 2015|
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Response from VisitorServicesTeam | Property representative |
Hi Jmico, Thanks for getting in touch. We don't allow dogs inside the visitor centre but we have lots of tables outside and new shelters which provide cover from the sunshine. We also operate an outdoor hatch so you are able... More