About. Here there are stunning views to the south of the Weald from a terrace donated in 1898 by Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust. We are now closed for new project applications. The Greensand Ridge is one of the few places in Central England where thin, sandy soils support lowland heathland and acid grassland - distinctive landscapes which support specific wildlife and vegetation and need to be protected to thrive. The varied geology of the Ridge has created a distinctive mosaic of habitats and land uses. West of the Weald the Lower Greensand has produced a more extensive area of hills and valleys, including the highest point in Sussex, Blackdown. The route spans the county for a total of 40 miles, following the greensand ridge. [4], The Lower Greensand is composed of alternating mudstones (sandy, with clay particles such as smectite) and sandstones, up to a maximum thickness of about 400 metres (1,300 ft), and is composed of a number of distinct formations, namely the Folkestone Beds, Sandgate Beds, Bargate Beds, Hythe Beds and Atherfield Clay. A good walk: Greensand Ridge, Bedfordshire The ridge that looks down on Bedford is only a couple of hundred feet high, but in this low-lying country it dominates. [5], The soil of the Greensand is quite varied, ranging from fertile to fairly sterile. The Folkestone Beds consist of seams of pebbles and sand. Greensand Ridge specialises in Gin, Fruit Brandies and Rums, making spirits with a local influence, using sustainable practices and turning produce from local growers into fine spirits. For these peoples the term Weald did not include the land cleared of forest and settled earlier, such as the fertile Vale of Holmesdale (which separates the North Downs from the Greensand Ridge), nor the more lightly wooded and open hills found on the sandstones of the Greensand Ridge, which also seem to have been settled earlier. anticline) and then deformed and faulted. RT @bedsrcc: We know it's a worrying time right now. Europe ; United Kingdom (UK) England ; Bedfordshire ; Ampthill ; ... Bedfordshire, United Kingdom 483 contributions 102 helpful votes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do the whole route at once. Ironstone, from layers embedded in the Sandgate Beds, is often seen in chips (gallets) pressed into the mortar between such stones. The ridge itself forms The Lower Greensand is a predominantly arenaceous sandstone consisting of sediment that accumulated apparently in a shallow sea in the later part of the Lower Cretaceous. On the fertile soils we see chestnut and stands of hazel and oak, while Scots Pine and Birch colonise the poorer soils.[6]. The Stone Jug is located on the route in the village of Clophill and a fine place to stop for a break and something to eat. Main entrance located in Linslade Road, Heath and Reach, Beds LU7 0EB. Excellent. It's name may have something to do with the local quarry stone which the building is mostly constructed from. A pathway runs along the ridge from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. It is from here that the stone known as chert is found, familiar in the High Chart hills around Limpsfield, Surrey. In many places along the escarpment of the Greensand Ridge erosion by wind and rain, landslips on the steep scarp face, and solifluction in glacial times have further combined to create steep-side coombes, and low hillocks below the scarp. South of here the Vale of Fernhurst has been eroded down into the Low Weald by what is now a small stream following a line of a gentle west-east trending upfold. Broadly speaking, the Greensand Ridge runs along the northern edge of the Weald in a west-east arc from Surrey into Kent, just south of and parallel to the chalk escarpment of the North Downs. Forming part of the Weald, a former dense forest in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, it runs to and from the East Sussex coast, wrapping around the High Weald and Low Weald. Much of the Greensand Ridge in Surrey is one limb of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while a section of the Greensand hills in western Kent, from Limpsfield Chart near Westerham through Sevenoaks to Plaxtol, forms part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where it is known as the Sevenoaks Greensand Ridge. The steep scarp slopes to the north of the Ridge contrast with the gently-folded slopes to the south. The ridge continues eastwards past Sevenoaks, until south-west of Maidstone it is broken by the valley of the River Medway. Bedfordshire Rural Community Charity and the Greensand Trust are leading the Secrets of the Sands Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Programme for the Greensand Ridge. Responsible dog owners are welcome at Rushmere Country Park within designated areas - both on and off the lead. The Greensand Ridge is a 40-mile walk that takes you through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire – and yes it really is green (ish) – thanks to an iron mineral found in the sandstone layers that form the ridge. To the east, especially around Maidstone, Kent, the Hythe Beds yield a blue-grey sandstone with a high lime content. We're on the hunt for Greensand Champions - groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment. Ampthill Park has a bit of everything - tremendous views from The Greensand Ridge, a fascinating heritage from Henry VIII to Capability Brown, and a diverse collection of flora and fauna. For more information on the walk and to download maps visit Central Bedfordshire Council's website. Hills on the Greensand Ridge at least 200 metres high and with 30 metres or more of topographical prominence are here listed, along the range from west to east. Landscape Types: Wooded agricultural landscape with areas of heathland.The southern end is agricultural with dispersed woodland. Find your way around Rushmere Country Park's 400 acres of stunning woodland, heathland and meadows for all ages to enjoy. Greensand Way in Kent, 1992, Kent Count Council, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, "NCA Profile:120 Wealden Greensand (NE465)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Greensand_Ridge&oldid=995929480, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 17:01. [3] It also contains important subsidiary elements of silty and argillaceous material. In some places the clay vale is very narrow: for example at Oxted the gap between summits of the Greensand Ridge and the North Downs is less than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi). The Greensand Ridge, also known as the Wealden Greensand is an extensive, prominent, often wooded, mixed greensand/sandstone escarpment in south-east England. Greensand Ridge Walk, Ampthill: See 26 reviews, articles, and 16 photos of Greensand Ridge Walk, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 13 attractions in Ampthill. The well-wooded, mature and attractive landscape contains a number of places to visit such as Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach to the west, the RSPB's nature reserve at The Lodge near Sandy and the popular Greensand Ridge Walk running the entire distance. Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge is an escarpment which runs through Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire in the south and east of England.A pathway runs along the ridge from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. Geology still confuses by using interchangeably the Weald and the "Wealden Anticline" that embraces all the land bounded by the chalk escarpments of the North and South Downs, including the Greensand hills. Valley slope processes in the Vale of Fernhurst have resulted in escarpments to the north and south that are steep enough to have collapsed by land slipping. If you have a transport need, please email [email protected]… https://t.co/FoJXPncyul, RT @greensandsocial: Have you visited our new website yet? The south-west part of the Greensand ridge and hills is in the South Downs National Park. With a toehold in both Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, and stretching over 45km, the vast majority of this attractive landscape is in Bedfordshire and is home to distinctive habitats and wildlife. The seam, which lies about 20 to 30 feet below the surface between Nutfield and Bletchingley, was considered the best in the country and for several centuries large quantities were excavated. For everyone's safety dog walkers must abide by our on/off lead rules and pick up after their dog. For Greensand Ridge in Bedfordshire, see Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge. From its southern endpoint at Leighton Buzzard the route runs north-west to Gamlingay, following the Greensand Ridge, a distinctive feature that rises from surrounding clay vales to give a landscape of gently rolling hills and small valleys, often heavily wooded and rich in wildlife. Wander into one of the Greensand Ridge's ancient woodlands in late April and you'll encounter drifts of bluebells. Limited parking available at Stockgrove entrance. As 2020 comes to an end, we'd like to acknowledge how delighted we are to have been able to provide a safe environment to support our local and wider community’s health and wellbeing needs throughout the difficult times of this year. The Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge National Character Area (NCA) is a narrow ridge running north-east, south-west, rising out of – and entirely surrounded by – the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Claylands NCA.It is a distinctive ridge with a north-west-facing scarp slope, formed by the underlying sandstone geology which has shaped the landscape and industry of the Ridge. It's a place of some historic note having been converted to a pub from a 16th century building. Resources are now running low and little is now extracted.[10]. The Greensand Ridge Walk is a long-distance walk of 40 miles (64 km) that crosses Bedfordshire, with brief sections in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. The Jutes and Saxons who settled in south-east England in the centuries following the collapse of the Roman empire applied the term Weald (a Germanic term for woodland) to the very large, heavily wooded forest that they found lying inland of the coastal lands and river valleys that they initially settled. Greensand sandstone is unique in the area with its content including an iron bearing mineral causing a green tint. It reaches its highest elevation, 294 metres (965 ft), at Leith Hill in Surrey—the second highest point in south-east England, while another hill in its range, Blackdown, is the highest poin… https://t.co/FU8nhvD3bd, Charity number: 1077055 Company limited by guarantee. On the surface the strata of which the dome is composed crop out in a series of concentric circles, shaped like a horseshoe, with the more resistant chalk and sandstones forming hills and ridges (such as the North and South Downs, the Greensand Ridge, and the High Weald), and the weaker clays forming vales (such as the Low Weald) between them. Not to be confused with the Greensand Ridge in Surrey, Kent and Sussex, the Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge is an escarpment that runs through Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. [1] [2] In 2009, the Greensand Ridge Local Action Group was formed to help enhance and develop the Greensand Ridge area. It then flattens for several miles, before re-emerging east of Nutfield to run eastwards as a high wooded ridge into an area between Oxted and Sevenoaks known locally as the Chartlands, where it reaches another high point at Toys Hill, Kent (235 metres (771 ft)). Joint Character Area: Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge (partially also Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Claylands). Petersfield marks the western end, where the ridge turns north east. What is the Greensand Ridge? The Greensand Ridge Walk is a long-distance walk of 42 miles that crosses Bedfordshire, with brief sections in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. On the south side of the Weald the Lower Greensand also forms another arc of rather less pronounced hills parallel to and just north of the South Downs, which become less prominent the further east one goes. Welcome to the original and only web guide to the Greensand Ridge Walk in Bedfordshire. Rushmere Country Park joins 2,061 green spaces across the country receiving international quality mark, the Green Flag Award, in a year when millions have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep. The Greensand Ridge, also known as the Wealden Greensand[1] is an extensive, prominent, often wooded, mixed greensand/sandstone escarpment in south-east England. Settlements on the main part of the ridge, running from Surrey into Kent include Haslemere, Godalming, Reigate and Redhill, Oxted and Sevenoaks. Ideal for families all year round, an access for all path starting from outside the Visitor Centre - find fairy doors, wooden sculptures and have a photo taken in the Giant’s Chair! Whether you would like to try mountain biking or just want to walk the dog you'll find it all here. The walk is an ideal introduction to the history, landscape and wildlife of this part of the county. A 40 mile long footpath runs along the ridge, with … In Surrey the Sandgate Beds and Bargate Beds, which lie on top of the Hythe Beds, have yielded a distinctive yellow stone seen in many local buildings. The cafe is currently CLOSED - but we do have hatches at both entrances offering a takeaway service with social distancing queuing in place. Geology: Mostly Greensand, with mudstone on the bottom of the slopes.There are several pockets of glacial materials overlying the greensand. The ridge is separated by a mixed deep and shallow, fertile depression from the North Downs referred to as the 'Vale of Holmesdale', formed on Gault Clay, and a narrow band of Upper Greensand that outcrops at the foot of the chalk scarp (ridge). The Greensand Ridge Nature Improvement Area. In the area around Haslemere local anticlinal features are superimposed on the main axis of the Wealden anticline, causing the outcrop of resistant Hythe Beds to widen from 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to more than 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) and to produce an escarpment that is particularly marked between Haslemere and Midhurst, where Blackdown rises to 280 metres (920 ft), the highest point in Sussex. Christopher Somerville. A practice of treating the Greensand Ridge regularly as part of the Weald arose in geology when natural scientists, starting in the late 18th century, began to include it in their analysis of the geological history of the Wealden dome. Please park at Rushmere main entrance Linslade Road OPEN 9am - 5.30pm daily (final entry at 5pm). Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge is an escarpment which runs through Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire in the south and east of England. Below it lie successively older strata of alternating clays and sandstones laid down in the Lower Cretaceous, namely Upper Greensand, Gault Clay, Lower Greensand, Weald Clay and the Hastings Beds. Our area is full of great places to visit and things to do and see. The Greensand Ridge Walk is a long-distance walk of 40 miles (64 km) that crosses Bedfordshire, with brief sections in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. Defined by the Greensand Ridge, Greensand Country is an island of distinctive, beautiful and loved countryside stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, which rises out of the surrounding clay vales. This stretch of the Greensand has become the most closely identified with the term "Greensand Ridge", and it includes the second highest point in south-east England, Leith Hill in Surrey. The Greensand Ridge, capped by the resistant sands and sandstones of the Hythe Beds, reinforced by bands of chert, rises steeply as a series of high, wooded escarpments between Gibbet Hill, Hindhead (272 metres (892 ft)), north of Haslemere, and the ridge's highest point, Leith Hill (294 metres (965 ft)). The Greensand Ridge Walk is Bedfordshire's premier long distance walk. It runs to and from the East Sussex coast, around the Weald , a … Extending for 108 miles, it starts in the west at Haslemere and ends in the east at Ham Street, Kent, on the edge of Romney Marsh. This stream, the River Lod, runs parallel to the larger River Rother which flows about 10 km further south in the lee of the chalk escarpment of the South Downs. We also sell hand sanitiser in retail and bulk supply. The top-most and therefore youngest layer of the dome is Chalk, laid down in the Upper Cretaceous. Here in Bedfordshire the Lower Greensand Formation forming Greensand Country is known as the Woburn Sands. Greensand Ridge Walk Pubs/Cafes. Find out about hidden local gems, beautiful walking trails and cycle paths al… https://t.co/F23L1Fo6eI, @greensandsocial one for you - thanks! SP915251 - Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire Finish: TL226533 - Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire Web Sites: Central Bedfordshire Council - Greensand Ridge Walk Greensand Ridge Walk - … The ridge then continues as far as Pluckley, Kent. It follows a ridge of greensand (hence the name!) Known as ragstone, this is seen in many local buildings. [7] Further east, the Lower Greensand has not produced any pronounced topographical features. Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment LUC 2015 6A Woburn Greensand Ridge Location and boundaries 6A.1 This large scale, rolling, elevated landscape occurs north of Leighton Buzzard predominantly over the solid band of Lower Greensand and with a distinctive ridge … About 51 per cent of the Wealden Greensand is protected as the South Downs National Park, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[2]. The very resistant rocks of the Lower Greensand, in particular the Hythe Beds, have produced prominent escarpments that form an arc around the northern edge of the Low Weald, running parallel to and just south of the chalk escarpment of the North Downs. Greensand Country comprises the Greensand Ridge, a 35 mile-long narrow wooded sandstone ridge to the south of Bedford, and the Flit Valley. When fresh the rocks have a greenish colouration owing to the presence of glauconite, but on exposure to the atmosphere this is rapidly oxidised to limonite, giving rise to a yellow or reddish brown staining. The winter edition of our quarterly news bulletin is now available to view. The Greensand Ridge was formed about 145 million years ago and is the outcrop of the Cretaceous period that runs through the middle of Bedfordshire. The Greensand Ridge Local Action Group (LAG), managed by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC), was awarded £1.443m LEADER funding to invest in local projects between 2015 and 2020. The Greensand Ridge is bounded to the north by lowland plains made of older soft Jurassic (166-157 Mya) clays and to the south by Gault clays of younger Cretaceous (112-100 Mya) age. Differential fluvial erosion has virtually flattened the dome into a series of hills and vales. The Greensand Ridge is a distinctive “island” of significantly wooded sands and sandstone that rises prominently above the surrounding clay vales. The Greensand Ridge is a distinctive island of significantly wooded sands and sandstone rising prominently above the surrounding clay vales. Much of the ridge in Surrey and Kent is followed by a long-distance walking route, the Greensand Way. Registered in England: 3702419, Registered address: The Greensand Trust, The Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, Bedfordshire, MK45 3UZ, Rushmere Country Park celebrates first Green Flag Award. From there the land levels until it drops to the old sea-cliff line above Romney Marsh. Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge (NCA090): Countryside Stewardship statement of priorities Find out the features and issues that have been identified as priorities for funding in this area. The Greensand Ridge is an extensive, prominent, often wooded, mixed greensand / sandstone escarpment in south-east England. All along the shallow valleys springs feed streams which carry acidic water down to the valley of the River Flit which meanders through Flitwick Moor, a unique peatland of national significance. Greensand Ridge Walk, Ampthill: Address, Greensand Ridge Walk Reviews: 4.5/5. Greensand Country is an area of distinct, beautiful and loved countryside, stretching from Gamlingay to Leighton Buzzard.Its 40 miles of scenic landscape follows the Greensand Ridge and reaches three neighbouring counties, from Cambridgeshire in the east, across Bedfordshire to Buckinghamshire in the west. With a toehold in both Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, and stretching over 45 km, the “ “ Greensand Ridge Bedfordshire The Greensand Ridge, formed of Lower Greensand, much of which is sandstone and where hardest is locally termed Bargate stone, is a remnant of the Weald dome, part of the great Weald-Artois Anticline that runs from south-east England into northern France. The route passes through or close to Godalming, Cranleigh, Dorking, Reigate, South Nutfield, Oxted, Westerham, Sevenoaks, Maidstone and Ashford. Greensand ridge, Bedfordshire This ridge of sand-stone, known as the Lower Greensand, lies north of the Chiltern Hills. The Greensand Ridge is sometimes associated with the Weald; the ridge forms the high border of area of the Weald. The area’s unique landscape and geology results in a place of rich natural and cultural heritage. A great place to discover nature and enjoy the outdoors with over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows to enjoy - a fabulous site for walking, cycling, horse riding and wildlife with café, visitor centre and events. It reaches its highest elevation, 294 metres (965 ft), at Leith Hill in Surrey—the second highest point in south-east England, while another hill in its range, Blackdown, is the highest point in Sussex at 280 metres (919 ft). Greensand Country Defined by the Greensand Ridge, a band of higher ground stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, which rises out of the surrounding clay vales, Greensand Country contains all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and more historic parkland than anywhere else in the country. The route spans the county for a total of 40 miles, following the greensand ridge. Principal settlements lying on the southern part of the Greensand in Sussex, adjacent to the South Downs, include Storrington (at the eastern end of the ridge) and Midhurst. The Weald dome consists of a series of geological strata laid down in the Cretaceous that have subsequently been lifted up, formed into a dome (i.e. The Greensand Ridge Walk is a 40-mile long route that crosses Bedfordshire. Working closely with Ampthill Town Council, The Greensand Trust helps manage Ampthill Park and other sites around Ampthill. Greensand Country covers 40 miles of scenic landscape, which is defined by the Greensand Ridge and reaches three neighbouring counties: from Cambridgeshire in the East, across Bedfordshire and to Buckinghamshire in the West. This forest, difficult to penetrate and settle, and difficult to exploit agriculturally, in due course became an essential part of a system of transhumance whereby each autumn swine would be driven, sometimes over long distances, from the longer-settled areas on the periphery into the Wealden forest to feed on acorns of oak trees and beech mast. Chert, ironstone and calcareous deposits occur in small amounts. Unlike the chalk downs of the Chilterns, this area is well-wooded (seen in the distance); the soils are too poor and well-drained for good faming. Walked the section from Woburn to Eversholt (circular walk of 8 miles). Forming part of the Weald, a former dense forest in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, it runs to and from the East Sussex coast, wrapping around the High Weald and Low Weald. The eastern end of the ridge forms the northern boundary of Romney Marsh. 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