Toddington Rights of Way and Countryside Access
Toddington has an extensive Rights of Way (RoW) network consisting of public footpaths and some bridleways. The vast majority of paths are well maintained by the land owners and well marked. Here are some suggestions for further information, internet access is freely available in the library. All the Toddington walks and access areas are highlighted on this link: http://binged.it/114VvHG
Walk Leaflets ? paper copies can be obtained from the library counter, for the cost of photocopying. www.LetsGo.org.uk ? has lots of walks/rides/etc around Bedfordshire ? it currently has seven in Toddington. Select Toddington to see list of routes to/from Toddington, maps and routes can be freely downloaded.
Icknield Way www.icknieldwaypath.co.uk ? describes the 110 mile long distance walking route running from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath on the Suffolk/Norfolk boundary which runs past Chalgrave Church, Conger Hill and behind the library in Toddington. See the sign in the library car park. The www.icknieldwaytrail.org.uk describes the 170 mile route designed for horse riders and off-road cyclists.
Toddington Rambling Club ? organise regular walks around Toddington (and beyond), see the Parish Magazine for details of the latest programme. The local Ramblers groups also lead walks locally and the website has walks to download. www.ramblers.org.uk
Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000 maps ? No. 193, "Luton & Stevenage" and No. 192, "Buckingham & Milton Keynes". Toddington is mostly on 193, but the map boundary means that the west of Toddington parish is on 192. Available from local map retailers. www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/freefun/ has several map related games and www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/ which allows you to select & print a 1:25,000 map.
Central Bedfordshire Council maintain a map known as the Definitive Map which shows the legal rights of way, be aware that the published (and internet) Ordnance Survey map does not reflect recent changes to the official routes, however the way-marking on the paths is current. An online version of the Definitive Map is available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/onlinemapping/map.aspx. For further information about access in Central Bedfordshire go to website and search 'rights of way'.
Countryside Code www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk ? Please respect the landowners rights by keeping to the marked rights of way, and watch the humorous Creature Comforts video explaining the Country Code. The nearest open access land (otherwise known as 'right to roam') to Toddington is at Sundon Quarry which is a fascinating former quarry to explore (beware of steep drops).
Working parties ? I act as the parish path co-ordinator, linking the parish and Central Bedfordshire Council to ensure the paths are well maintained. If you are interested in assisting with infrequent working parties to repair or install way mark posts, gates or bridges as well as cutting back undergrowth blocking rights of way, then I can let you know next time we plan to do some work so you can choose whether to participate.
Publicity ? Together with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Parish Council we are keen to encourage more use of the rights of way network so any assistance in preparing leaflets, map/information boards, or other publicity would be welcomed.
Problems with rights of way ? if you find any rights of way problems (paths blocked or unclear, broken stiles or gates, etc) or any other or suggestions for improvements, then please let me know.
Tom Chevalier, Parish Path Co-Ordinator, Toddington RoW@chevalier.me.uk
or contact the Parish Council via www.toddington.ourparishcouncil.org