Name:Dunstable Downs
Hill number:5389
Height:243m / 797ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Central Bedfordshire (CoU)
County (CoH):Bedfordshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Bedfordshire (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Thames, Wash
Watershed:The Wash, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Greater Thames Estuary
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top
Grid ref:TL 00881 19424
Summit feature:trig point
Col:138m  SP990164  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 166
(1:25k) 181 182
Observations:ground 30m ESE at field edge is lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Bedfordshire (1974) administrative county top
  • Bedfordshire historic county top
  • Central Bedfordshire current county/UA top

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2nd top of 4 today and this the 2nd of a 3 hill route from Dunstable to Leighton Buzzard, climbing Blow Down and then through 'Downside and woodland paths near Kensworth Quarry to meet road leading to the Trig Pillar. I explored the grassy verge to the SE as it looked higher. Had a quick drink and flapjack in the Cafe before admiring the great views from the path before heading steeply down to pass a Gliding Club then a shooting club and the long traverse to Billington...Dazingdale13/01/2019
Walked up from the roundabout to make it seem like some sort of effort. Nice views.bevandy11424/12/2018
Quick walk from CP with B and R.jenx09/12/2018
With Jenx and Bryher from the CP, got out this time to get photo of dog on trig!nordicstar12/09/2018
From nearby car park to summit then a stroll around the area.dgresty28/08/2018
Took a slight detour to Dunstable Downs to finish off a nice few days away with family. Easy stroll to the trig point from the car park. Stayed for a few minutes to admire the views and watch the kite flying.Gerry the Ranger04/08/2018
Scenic little stroll on a beautiful sunny morning. Another county top down!jkl23/07/2018
Took the opportunity to drive to this one on the way back from Download festival. Paid £3 to park and wandered around taking in the views on a beautiful day. A couple of gliders were up from the club below.Buck11/06/2018
Solo.Dangerous Dave17/02/2018
Parked in the carpark stroll over to the trigjmistry8626/01/2018
High point is near to trig, which is at the roadside, by the entrance to the NT carpark and pleasant Visitor Centre. However, as it costs £3 for non NT members to park, we drove north and then walked back along the ridge. The fog was so thick I had to wear a head torch for Richard to see me when using his Abney level to determine the actual HP. Some strange looks from others !Denise 15/11/2017
Huge NT car park free until 10:00. Ridge in cloud so no views this morning. I thought the track on the grassy ridge SW of the trig point was slightly higher than base of trig - but there we go.RichardM15/11/2017
To the trig point next to the main car park.mapple29/06/2017
TD, C & HThis Dog27/04/2017
Bagged as YSM069 Dunstable Down. Parked in visitor centre and visited the pillar which is right on the corner and very white. Lots of people here flying kites on a lovely sunny day.thejackrustles23/04/2017
Nice walk from the tree cathedral. Bright & sunny with hang gliders, kites and gliders jostling for aurspace!keithelliott21/04/2017
From town via Chiltern way and Icknield wayFred Windsor04/04/2017
brief detour to drive up hill and take the photoKC01/03/2017
The National Trust love building car parks in the Chilterns, especially if it involves cutting down plenty of trees. Admittedly Dunstable Downs weren't wooded before but car parks on hills is not something I approve of. Obviously I used it to park by the trig point, walk about for a few minutes and set off for Clipper Down. With mum and dad. Sunny, warm for time of year but with bracing breeze.Wycombe Wanderer26/12/2016
From car park.Bramley28/11/2016
Only visit to this part of the escarpment. Small, free car park to N, then Trig, back by a bit of the NW escarpment. Not sure why I never did a full day's walk here, when I lived in Edgware (NW London), though the summit area is horribly over-exploitedpwheeler01/10/2016
From the Chilterns Gateway Centre car park (free with NT membership). Also walked over to the tree cathedral.r.ashwell04/09/2016
With Wendy. Come on vegibagger, don't think about the extra 10p you paid for a scone, think about how many summits are bought by the National Trust and made gloriously accessible for all of us. I say it's money well spent. Bring me a whole plate of those tasty scones, with lashings of overpriced cream, and here's £1 donation while I am at it. Thank you National Trust.ijpowell02/09/2016
With K. £2.50 to park so hardly got out of car. Been here many times before. Good view.Ashley20/05/2016
With Katy. Sunny but windy. Watched Gliders.George Thompson20/05/2016
Lovely sunny, yet cold day. All on my own, nice jacket potato.Mavern15/05/2016
Summit with trig point beside the road, you can drive all the way up and theres a car park so you can enjoy the view, but not on this day.Swindon Bagger24/03/2016
Short walk from NT car park. Good views beyond visitor centre.PeterD21/03/2016
beautiful scenery. Did round walk. Aerodrome at bottom.drrob16/01/2016
Just before sunset. Luton is cleverly hidden from view and a paraglider was having fun. Pleasant so close to a citynickywood111/12/2015
From nearby car park. Solo.ADT25/10/2015
Epping better views than from Epping forest earlier. Glorious panorama SW to NE. Shame about the national trust visitor centre blot on the landscape, with over priced food.vegibagger01/09/2015
County top outing,Park in the National trust car park (£2.50) at the Chilterns Gateway visitor centre and the trig is by the main road and the entrance to to the visitor centre, cafe and toilets on siteWAYNE ROWLETT09/08/2015
Cycled from WGC to the high point. Pleasant ride using mostly The Chiltern Way.Dragonhert06/07/2015
with four others tops (Mx, Bcks, Herts, Oxn) before noonmaltose11/06/2015
We picked a lovely day to see this top , the weather was sunny and on the ridge the views were great we watched gliders fly by.Tony and Karen11/06/2015
Very sunny, Very blue skies - lots of activity. Pay a visit to the memorial stone at the road junction 250m N of the summit - the previous landowner lost two brothers in WW1 and donated the land in memoryM3WDD15/05/2015
Tried and failed to fly a kitechrsty10/05/2015
Circular tour from Dunstable Downs Nat Trust Visitors Centre Car Park via footpaths to Totternhoe, then back up via the London Gliding Club. Very hazy so no spectacular views, but good day for kite flying, hang gliding and gliding.curlykerr13/04/2015
With SteveGinaSmith02/04/2015
Bus from Ivinghoe to Dusstable then 10 mile walk back from Dunstable to Town Farm and camper van over Dunstable Downs, Clipper Down and Ivinghoe BeaconSteveSmith02/04/2015
6 mile circular walk including Totternhoe. Gorgeous clear spring day.Lazylizzie22/03/2015
en passantsummitsup08/03/2015
3/10 Very short walk from car park to trig pillar at entrance. Watch out for gliders though !Fergalh07/03/2015
Bagged en route from Bardon Hill (Leics county top) to London. Enjoyed a hot chocolate with Ollie and Benny in the visitors centre afterwards.Biffin's mate23/02/2015
Very foggy. Nobody else there.ASkeet13/09/2014
Amazing view!edmundjohnson21/08/2014
Brief visit - very busy.Chris Peart06/08/2014
10m stroll from the car park.amswanston31/07/2014