Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Spectacular views of rolling chalk grasslands and a seemingly endless sky in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Things to see and do

two tramper mobility vehicles parked beside each other on a path in the middle of a grassy field

Trampers available to hire to explore Dunstable Downs

Introducing our brand new trampers to Dunstable Downs. They are available to use between 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm daily. Hire is free but donations are welcome towards their upkeep. We recommend booking at least three days prior to your visit to avoid disappointment. To book, please call the office on 01582500920 or email dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk

geocaching equipment on a table including a notebook inside a plastic box and camouflage lids

Try out Geocaching at Dunstable Downs 

New for 2022. Up for a challenge? We have hidden 6 camouflaged Geocaches across the Downs, taking you to places you may not have visited before. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt which you can take part in using one of the free Geocache apps, including one at Geocache.com. It will guide you to within a few metres of the Geocache hiding place and once there, you will need to use your eyes to seek out the cache!

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

What's on

Upcoming events

Jubilee beacon lighting

Thu 02 Jun 2022
17:30-22:30
Dunstable Downs beacon will be lit to celebrate the jubilee on Thursday 2nd June. More information to come.

'The Dig' on Tour

Sun 05 Jun 2022
10:00-15:00
Come and join us to explore the history of Dunstable Downs this half-term. Become an archaeologist - we'll lend you the tools - and dig in our archaeological pit to uncover the histories beneath your feet!

Jubilee Events at Dunstable Downs

Sun 05 Jun 2022
10:00-16:00
Bring the family along to celebrate the Jubilee at Dunstable Downs from Mon 30th May – Sun 5th June.

National Meadows Day

Sat 02 Jul 2022
10:00-16:00
For National Meadows Day join us to celebrate the wildlife in our meadows.

Summer of Sport

Mon 05 Sep 2022
10:00-16:00
Join in with the fun and games this summer holiday as Summer of Sport returns.
Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Eating and shopping

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Our work

Spring on Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire

Conservation of Dunstable Downs for ever for everyone 

Our dedicated team of rangers and volunteers work tirelessly to manage this beautiful place. The work never stops whatever the season, there is always something to do. Becoming a member is a great way to help us fund this work and you can park for free! Please remember to scan your card so that we can claim an extra pound.

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Wildlife

Wildlife at Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

History

Dunstable Downs History

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Join or give

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Experience more with National Trust membership 

Now more than ever, we all need access to nature, fresh air and open spaces. Become a member today and you can explore more than 500 places. What's more, your membership will go towards looking after nature, beauty and history for generations to come.