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Pay a Visit to the Dunstable Downs Near Luton

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Dunstable Downs Visitor Center

The highest point of the county of Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs, presents plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of activities. If you are the adventurous kind, the downs are a great place for hang gliding and paragliding.

The chalk escarpment is part of the Chiltern Hills in southern Bedfordshire and is set within the Chiltern’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The chalk grasslands is worth visiting for its abundance of flora and fauna. Getting to Dunstable is easy. It’s a mere 7 miles from Luton just east of Junction 11 of the M1, on the A505 It can also be reached from the A5.

One of the striking features of the Downs is its miles of footpaths and circular walks to enjoy. The London Gliding Club is located at the foot of the Downs and offers you the opportunity to explore the Chilterns from the air. The flight takes you from the foot of the Downs to Stokenchurch and beyond.

The Downs is also a great place to enjoy a picnic or indulge in some kite flying. The Natural Trust has a shop at the center while you could head down in July for the annual kite festival to watch professional teams in action.

There is also a café, shop selling souvenirs and an information center with loads of details on what you can see and do at the Downs. There are several walking tours also available while you have the chance to spot several species of rare downland flowers and butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper and Chalkhill Blue.

If you wish to check into one of the best Luton hotels your search ought to end right here at the Hilton Garden Inn Luton North. The full-service hotel is located just 10 minutes from Luton Airport and serves as an excellent base for your visit to Dunstable Downs and beyond.

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