Find your way around Rushmere Country Park's 400 acres of stunning woodland, heathland and meadows for all ages to enjoy. We are now closed for new project applications. This forest, difficult to penetrate and settle, and difficult to exploit agriculturally, in due course became an essential part of a system of transhumance whereby each autumn swine would be driven, sometimes over long distances, from the longer-settled areas on the periphery into the Wealden forest to feed on acorns of oak trees and beech mast. Christopher Somerville. Differential fluvial erosion has virtually flattened the dome into a series of hills and vales. The Stone Jug is located on the route in the village of Clophill and a fine place to stop for a break and something to eat. Valley slope processes in the Vale of Fernhurst have resulted in escarpments to the north and south that are steep enough to have collapsed by land slipping. Greensand ridge, Bedfordshire This ridge of sand-stone, known as the Lower Greensand, lies north of the Chiltern Hills. https://t.co/FU8nhvD3bd, Charity number: 1077055 Company limited by guarantee. Chert, ironstone and calcareous deposits occur in small amounts. The steep scarp slopes to the north of the Ridge contrast with the gently-folded slopes to the south. The ridge itself forms Here in Bedfordshire the Lower Greensand Formation forming Greensand Country is known as the Woburn Sands. The Greensand Ridge, formed of Lower Greensand, much of which is sandstone and where hardest is locally termed Bargate stone, is a remnant of the Weald dome, part of the great Weald-Artois Anticline that runs from south-east England into northern France. Greensand Ridge Walk, Ampthill: See 26 reviews, articles, and 16 photos of Greensand Ridge Walk, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 13 attractions in Ampthill. Greensand Country is an area of distinct, beautiful and loved countryside, stretching from Gamlingay to Leighton Buzzard.Its 40 miles of scenic landscape follows the Greensand Ridge and reaches three neighbouring counties, from Cambridgeshire in the east, across Bedfordshire to Buckinghamshire in the west. The Greensand Ridge is an extensive, prominent, often wooded, mixed greensand / sandstone escarpment in south-east England. With a toehold in both Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, and stretching over 45km, the vast majority of this attractive landscape is in Bedfordshire and is home to distinctive habitats and wildlife. Settlements on the main part of the ridge, running from Surrey into Kent include Haslemere, Godalming, Reigate and Redhill, Oxted and Sevenoaks. Principal settlements lying on the southern part of the Greensand in Sussex, adjacent to the South Downs, include Storrington (at the eastern end of the ridge) and Midhurst. Here there are stunning views to the south of the Weald from a terrace donated in 1898 by Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust. [3] It also contains important subsidiary elements of silty and argillaceous material. Wander into one of the Greensand Ridge's ancient woodlands in late April and you'll encounter drifts of bluebells. Walked the section from Woburn to Eversholt (circular walk of 8 miles). For everyone's safety dog walkers must abide by our on/off lead rules and pick up after their dog. We also sell hand sanitiser in retail and bulk supply. Much of the Greensand Ridge in Surrey is one limb of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while a section of the Greensand hills in western Kent, from Limpsfield Chart near Westerham through Sevenoaks to Plaxtol, forms part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where it is known as the Sevenoaks Greensand Ridge. The walk is an ideal introduction to the history, landscape and wildlife of this part of the county. The Greensand Ridge is one of the few places in Central England where thin, sandy soils support lowland heathland and acid grassland - distinctive landscapes which support specific wildlife and vegetation and need to be protected to thrive. All along the shallow valleys springs feed streams which carry acidic water down to the valley of the River Flit which meanders through Flitwick Moor, a unique peatland of national significance. Known as ragstone, this is seen in many local buildings. This stretch of the Greensand has become the most closely identified with the term "Greensand Ridge", and it includes the second highest point in south-east England, Leith Hill in Surrey. Much of the ridge in Surrey and Kent is followed by a long-distance walking route, the Greensand Way. The winter edition of our quarterly news bulletin is now available to view. With a toehold in both Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, and stretching over 45 km, the “ “ Greensand Ridge Bedfordshire Working closely with Ampthill Town Council, The Greensand Trust helps manage Ampthill Park and other sites around Ampthill. Find out about hidden local gems, beautiful walking trails and cycle paths al… https://t.co/F23L1Fo6eI, @greensandsocial one for you - thanks! West of the Weald the Lower Greensand has produced a more extensive area of hills and valleys, including the highest point in Sussex, Blackdown. The Greensand Ridge Walk is a 40-mile long route that crosses Bedfordshire. The Greensand Ridge was formed about 145 million years ago and is the outcrop of the Cretaceous period that runs through the middle of Bedfordshire. A great place to discover nature and enjoy the outdoors with over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows to enjoy - a fabulous site for walking, cycling, horse riding and wildlife with café, visitor centre and events. On the south side of the Weald the Lower Greensand also forms another arc of rather less pronounced hills parallel to and just north of the South Downs, which become less prominent the further east one goes. If you have a transport need, please email [email protected]… https://t.co/FoJXPncyul, RT @greensandsocial: Have you visited our new website yet? Our area is full of great places to visit and things to do and see. The varied geology of the Ridge has created a distinctive mosaic of habitats and land uses. When fresh the rocks have a greenish colouration owing to the presence of glauconite, but on exposure to the atmosphere this is rapidly oxidised to limonite, giving rise to a yellow or reddish brown staining. It is from here that the stone known as chert is found, familiar in the High Chart hills around Limpsfield, Surrey. Petersfield marks the western end, where the ridge turns north east. Greensand sandstone is unique in the area with its content including an iron bearing mineral causing a green tint. The Jutes and Saxons who settled in south-east England in the centuries following the collapse of the Roman empire applied the term Weald (a Germanic term for woodland) to the very large, heavily wooded forest that they found lying inland of the coastal lands and river valleys that they initially settled. For these peoples the term Weald did not include the land cleared of forest and settled earlier, such as the fertile Vale of Holmesdale (which separates the North Downs from the Greensand Ridge), nor the more lightly wooded and open hills found on the sandstones of the Greensand Ridge, which also seem to have been settled earlier. Limited parking available at Stockgrove entrance. The Greensand Ridge Walk is a long-distance walk of 42 miles that crosses Bedfordshire, with brief sections in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. It follows a ridge of greensand (hence the name!) It then flattens for several miles, before re-emerging east of Nutfield to run eastwards as a high wooded ridge into an area between Oxted and Sevenoaks known locally as the Chartlands, where it reaches another high point at Toys Hill, Kent (235 metres (771 ft)). [5], The soil of the Greensand is quite varied, ranging from fertile to fairly sterile. In the area around Haslemere local anticlinal features are superimposed on the main axis of the Wealden anticline, causing the outcrop of resistant Hythe Beds to widen from 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to more than 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) and to produce an escarpment that is particularly marked between Haslemere and Midhurst, where Blackdown rises to 280 metres (920 ft), the highest point in Sussex. On the surface the strata of which the dome is composed crop out in a series of concentric circles, shaped like a horseshoe, with the more resistant chalk and sandstones forming hills and ridges (such as the North and South Downs, the Greensand Ridge, and the High Weald), and the weaker clays forming vales (such as the Low Weald) between them. Extending for 108 miles, it starts in the west at Haslemere and ends in the east at Ham Street, Kent, on the edge of Romney Marsh. From its southern endpoint at Leighton Buzzard the route runs north-west to Gamlingay, following the Greensand Ridge, a distinctive feature that rises from surrounding clay vales to give a landscape of gently rolling hills and small valleys, often heavily wooded and rich in wildlife. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}51°10′N 0°22′W / 51.167°N 0.367°W / 51.167; -0.367. Unlike the chalk downs of the Chilterns, this area is well-wooded (seen in the distance); the soils are too poor and well-drained for good faming. The top-most and therefore youngest layer of the dome is Chalk, laid down in the Upper Cretaceous. The cafe is currently CLOSED - but we do have hatches at both entrances offering a takeaway service with social distancing queuing in place. We're on the hunt for Greensand Champions - groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment. It starts near the county boundary with Buckinghamshire at Leighton Buzzard, passes through Woburn, Ampthill and Sandy, before finishing at Gamlingay on the Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire border. It's name may have something to do with the local quarry stone which the building is mostly constructed from. Registered in England: 3702419, Registered address: The Greensand Trust, The Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood, Haynes West End, Bedfordshire, MK45 3UZ, Rushmere Country Park celebrates first Green Flag Award. Europe ; United Kingdom (UK) England ; Bedfordshire ; Ampthill ; ... Bedfordshire, United Kingdom 483 contributions 102 helpful votes. The Greensand Ridge Walk is a long-distance walk of 40 miles (64 km) that crosses Bedfordshire, with brief sections in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. It reaches its highest elevation, 294 metres (965 ft), at Leith Hill in Surrey—the second highest point in south-east England, while another hill in its range, Blackdown, is the highest poin… The Lower Greensand is a predominantly arenaceous sandstone consisting of sediment that accumulated apparently in a shallow sea in the later part of the Lower Cretaceous. Forming part of the Weald, a former dense forest in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, it runs to and from the East Sussex coast, wrapping around the High Weald and Low Weald. A pathway runs along the ridge from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. The Greensand Ridge Walk is Bedfordshire's premier long distance walk. To the east, especially around Maidstone, Kent, the Hythe Beds yield a blue-grey sandstone with a high lime content. From there the land levels until it drops to the old sea-cliff line above Romney Marsh. The area’s unique landscape and geology results in a place of rich natural and cultural heritage. The route spans the county for a total of 40 miles, following the greensand ridge. At just over 27,300 hectares, the Greensand Ridge is an “island” of sandstone in surrounding clay vales, covering a significant part of Central Bedfordshire, along with small sections of Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. The Greensand Ridge, also known as the Wealden Greensand is an extensive, prominent, often wooded, mixed greensand/sandstone escarpment in south-east England. The seam, which lies about 20 to 30 feet below the surface between Nutfield and Bletchingley, was considered the best in the country and for several centuries large quantities were excavated. Geology still confuses by using interchangeably the Weald and the "Wealden Anticline" that embraces all the land bounded by the chalk escarpments of the North and South Downs, including the Greensand hills. [1] [2] In 2009, the Greensand Ridge Local Action Group was formed to help enhance and develop the Greensand Ridge area. The Greensand Ridge is sometimes associated with the Weald; the ridge forms the high border of area of the Weald. In some places the clay vale is very narrow: for example at Oxted the gap between summits of the Greensand Ridge and the North Downs is less than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi). Ideal for families all year round, an access for all path starting from outside the Visitor Centre - find fairy doors, wooden sculptures and have a photo taken in the Giant’s Chair! Greensand Ridge Walk Pubs/Cafes. The very resistant rocks of the Lower Greensand, in particular the Hythe Beds, have produced prominent escarpments that form an arc around the northern edge of the Low Weald, running parallel to and just south of the chalk escarpment of the North Downs. Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment LUC 2015 6A Woburn Greensand Ridge Location and boundaries 6A.1 This large scale, rolling, elevated landscape occurs north of Leighton Buzzard predominantly over the solid band of Lower Greensand and with a distinctive ridge … The Weald dome consists of a series of geological strata laid down in the Cretaceous that have subsequently been lifted up, formed into a dome (i.e. Whether you would like to try mountain biking or just want to walk the dog you'll find it all here. The route spans the county for a total of 40 miles, following the greensand ridge. RT @bedsrcc: We know it's a worrying time right now. Greensand Ridge Walk, Ampthill: Address, Greensand Ridge Walk Reviews: 4.5/5. Greensand Way in Kent, 1992, Kent Count Council, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, "NCA Profile:120 Wealden Greensand (NE465)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Greensand_Ridge&oldid=995929480, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 17:01. A practice of treating the Greensand Ridge regularly as part of the Weald arose in geology when natural scientists, starting in the late 18th century, began to include it in their analysis of the geological history of the Wealden dome. Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge (NCA090): Countryside Stewardship statement of priorities Find out the features and issues that have been identified as priorities for funding in this area. The ridge is separated by a mixed deep and shallow, fertile depression from the North Downs referred to as the 'Vale of Holmesdale', formed on Gault Clay, and a narrow band of Upper Greensand that outcrops at the foot of the chalk scarp (ridge). This stream, the River Lod, runs parallel to the larger River Rother which flows about 10 km further south in the lee of the chalk escarpment of the South Downs. Geology: Mostly Greensand, with mudstone on the bottom of the slopes.There are several pockets of glacial materials overlying the greensand. Not to be confused with the Greensand Ridge in Surrey, Kent and Sussex, the Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge is an escarpment that runs through Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Buzzard to Gamlingay which lies interbedded between the Bargate and Sandgate Layers, was much quarried for Greensand. 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