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Gentle Stroll: Orchids and Wildflowers

Our nature highlight of the year - the orchids steal the show this June! Share in their wonder with our guided gentle stroll.

  • Booking advisable

Don't miss out on seeing this seasonal spectacle, with rare varieties of wild orchids, alongside a colourful display of wildflowers and bulbs.

The route will take you through our chalk grassland and down the slopes of our sunken trails as you learn about the wonderful flora and fauna found on our doorstep. Varieties of orchid include pyramidal, fragrant and common spotted orchid, as well as the bee orchid - the flower of the county of Bedfordshire! You may even be lucky enough to spot some rare habitats and wildlife along the way.

Adult tickets are £4, children £2. Under 5s go free (no ticket required). Normal car parking charges apply. Please book ahead as there will be limited availability on the day. The route involves some steep slopes. It is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or those with limited mobility.

Afterwards, View Café will be open for you to relax over a rewarding brew and sweet treat.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £4.00
Child £2.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Children are welcome.

Meeting point

Please meet the group at the visitor centre to begin the stroll.

What to bring and wear

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather and terrain.


Due to steep hills this event is not suitable for mobility vehicles and pushchairs.


Well behaved dogs welcome on leads.

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