There are many stunning views to discover in Greensand Country. The ridge itself is a prominent feature in the landscape and provides a dramatic backdrop to the views from the lower lying countryside. The ridge is accessible from many of the surrounding villages and towns.
From its elevated slopes you can experience panoramic views across the countryside including Marston Vale and the Ouse Valley. Woodlands often frame views on lower ground, whilst landmark churches and other historic buildings provide focal points in the landscape.
Top 10 Greensand Country Views:
View over the Heron Valley from Rushmere Country Park: The visitor centre and Tree Tops Café at Rushmere Country Park offer visitors stunning views over the Heron Valley. Visitors also enjoy ‘Heron Watch’ from the deck outside the visitor centre.
Views of Stockgrove Lake: The view of Stockgrove Lake, with ducks and swans often framed by the surrounding woodland, is a favourite of visitors. Take a break on one of the benches around the lake and soak up the scenery! The lake is part of Stockgrove Country Park, which adjoins Rushmere Country Park.
The View from the Greensand Ridge at Ampthill Great Park: Many of the favourite views suggested by visitors are those from Ampthill Great Park across Marston Vale. The views from Katherine’s Cross and Breakheart Hill are particular favourites.
Old St. Mary’s Church, Clophill: Old St Mary’s Church is on higher ground to the north of Clophill. The Grade II* listed Church was restored by the Clophill Heritage Trust in 2014. They now offer tours of the site along with a visit up the Church Tower, where you can experience spectacular views over the countryside.
Views from the RSPB Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens: All the views from the RSPB Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens at Sandy are fantastic. There are many viewpoints along each of the trails around the reserve, with binoculars available to hire from The Gatehouse for a donation.
Views from Haynes Village: There are many favourite views from Haynes, including from the higher ground looking out towards Warren Plantation and Chicksands Woods; and the views across the valley towards Haynes Park (the seat located at Plummers Lane is ideal to enjoy the view towards Haynes Park).
Views at Cooper’s Hill: Cooper’s Hill sits on the Greensand Ridge and is the largest remaining area and best surviving example of heathland in Bedfordshire. This is a much-loved visitor destination with a good network of paths to help you explore.
Looking towards Woburn Abbey: From the Greensand Ridge, Woburn Abbey looks magical, especially when you are lucky enough to spot deer drinking from the lake.
Views at Maulden Woods: This is a beautiful landscape to experience, with gorgeous views from the Greensand Ridge Walk across the Bedfordshire Countryside.
Views towards the Ridge: Views of the Ridge itself from the surrounding lower lying landscapes are particular favourites. The Ridge is an iconic feature of Greensand Country defining much of the area’s unique character.