image for Walking Route item typeNorth Bedfordshire Wolds - Yelden to Melchbourne at Bedford

Walking Route

Town - Bedford

Town - Bedford


High Street,
MK40 1RN


This 6¾ walk in the northwest corner of Bedfordshire takes in the quiet, unspoiled villages of Yelden and Melchbourne. A shorter 4 mile option is available. At Yelden you can see the spectacular remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle.

How to get there by car: From the east of the county, take the Kimbolton Road, B660 from Bedford to Pertenhall, then take the road to Swineshead and carry on through the village until you reach Yelden. From the west, take the A6 north from Bedford and just before you reach Rushden, take a right hand turn through Newton Bromswold to Yelden.

Please park carefully near the walker friendly pub, The Chequers, in the High Street, Yelden.

Start Description This circular walk starts from The Chequers pub in Yelden.

Start Nat GR TL012667

Walk Route: Yelden - Melchbourne

Miles: 7


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Map reference: TL 051497  Lat: 52.13560 Long: -0.46582

The County Town of Bedfordshire, located on the junction of the A6, A421 and A428, about 15 miles north-east of Milton Keynes and 18 miles north of Luton. Bedford is around 40 miles north of London and is reached via the A421, from junction 13 of the M1 motorway.

Bus: Bedfordshire Bus Info line: 01234 228337, Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm
Travel Line: 0870 6082608, 7 days a week, 7am -10pm
Train: National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950 24 hour service

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from St John Bedford Rail station