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Notice: We're putting our best foot forward... The Chilterns Gateway Centre will be closed on the 24 and 25 November. A limited food and drink service will be available from the hatch. We are currently replacing the floor. We’ll be completing the work in three phases, you might find things have moved around a bit whilst we work in different areas. We’re working with Central Bedfordshire Council to complete the work and once laid, the centre will be getting back to normal, so thanks for your patience whilst we work. In the meantime, we can recommend enjoying the amazing landscape of the Dunstable Downs in autumn before coming back for a warming hot drink!

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.

Dunstable Downs webcam

Find out what the rangers are up to © National Trust

Find out what the rangers are up to