Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Important notice -

Due to the hot weather and dry conditions there is a high risk of grass fires on the estate - please could all visitors take care when disposing of cigarettes and glass. No fires/BBQs allowed.

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

Let’s get Going – Parent and child activity sessions

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-13:00
Have fun throwing, jumping and running around Dunstable Downs with special activity session based on the special wildlife found on the Downs.

Summer of Sport - Come Out and Play at Dunstable Downs

Tue 16 Aug 2022
11:00-16:00
After a successful 2021 our sports village at Dunstable Downs is back and bigger than ever. Join in with the fun and games this summer holiday as Summer of Sport returns from the 25th July - 4th September.

Soft Archery

Wed 17 Aug 2022
11:00-15:00
Join National Trust staff for a day of soft archery. We will have 5 targets set up for you to test your skills and try to score higher than your friends.

Come out and play: Coach led active fun and games

Fri 19 Aug 2022
11:00-13:00
Join our professional coaches for group session play fun and exciting games based on your favourite sports while learning to develop and hone your communication skills with the help of an expert.

Have a go at Archery

Sat 20 Aug 2022
11:00-15:00
Join Pepperstock archery club from Slip End and take aim with a real bow and arrow. No previous experience is required just come and have a go.
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.