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Extensive chalk and grassland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.

Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.

As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.

The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.

Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.

The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it's the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.

Please note: Chilterns Gateway Centre is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the National Trust.

Go fly a kite

Did you know that Dunstable Downs is one of the best places in the country for kite-flying? The exhilarating wind takes them so high and they share the sky with the birds - red kites love it too!

Into the Wild

As a Site of Special Scientific Interest Dunstable Downs and the Whipsnade Estate are rich in fascinating flora and fauna that our dedicated Ranger team work hard to conserve and protect.

Take to the hills

Why not take part in the Great British Walking Festival with one of our fantastic downloadable walks? Ranging from a 45 minute stroll to a day's adventure, there's something for everyone.

Rangers' blog

The money that you spend in the Chilterns Gateway Centre (and the car park) goes towards helping our Ranger team in their essential work looking after the landscape and wildlife of the Downs. Find out more about what they get up to in their blog.

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