We’ve been enjoying our walks around Riseley for over 20 years. I thought it would be nice to share some of our favourites.
About 6 miles, about 2hrs and 15 mins walking with a few short cuts possible and extensions.
A very pleasant walk from the centre of Riseley over the fields to Knotting Green. The paths take you through a beautiful wildlife sanctuary as you approach Strawberry Hill Farm from Riseley and as you head back along manicured pathways alongside the fields. Lots to see and enjoy.
7.3 miles takes about 2h 45min
This walk takes you along the track on the ridge between the Swineshead road and Kimbolton Road so you get some lovely views across the countryside. If you’ve not been this way before you may see some graves on the way – rather poignant memories of faithful dogs. A pleasant extension is to the walk is to Pertenhall church alongside the brook.
3.9 miles takes about 1.5 hours
This walk takes you past Riseley Church and over the fields, past Haring’s Farm. As you near the road near Knotting you pass the Oakley Hunt kennels. Turn left on the road and a few yards along you see the footpath sign, part of the Three Shires Way, on the right which takes you Yelden.
4.4miles taking roughly 1hour 30min
Can be a very muddy walk and I’ve not done it for a while so not sure about the stiles on the way. You pass the Chequers in Keysoe on the way. Some nice views as you go go from Coldham Cottages to Valbrook Farm over the gentle ridge.
3.1miles roughly 1hour 10mins
A varied walk through the woods in Melchbourne and up the gentle incline as you head back towards Riseley over the fields. There is usually some interesting wildlife in the pond between Woodleys and Worley Wood so try to approach as quietly as possible.
After you’ve passed Worley’s Wood you’ll walk a short distance along the hedge then pass through the hedge on the left over a bridge across the ditch then head across the field. The path is usually clear to see across the field.
3 miles taking about an hour.
From Sharnbrook High Street across Pinchmill Islands to Felmersham and back alongside the Great Ouse. A lovely stile free walk that can include some refreshment at the Sun Pub in Felmersham.
3.9miles taking roughly 1hour 20min
The best part of this walk is after you pass through the pretty village of Swineshead and head up to Swineshead Wood. Do pause when you get the top and take in the views.
Also do check the Three Compasses is open ready for your arrival and you have a pleasant end to your walk.
5.1miles taking about 1hour 45min
Across fields and through woods, passing Swineshead church and down the green lane towards Tilbrook. Enjoy the panoramas across the countryside as pass Swineshead Wood and see how may church spires you can spot.
The White Horse is the reward at the end of this walk, but do check the opening times before you set off.
2.8 miles taking about 59mins
This is one on my favourite walks taking in open fields and woodland with a very pleasant finish at the St John’s pub. Do check the opening times when you are planning a walk – it’s not good to arrive thirsty and hungry at a closed pub.
Walking across the field between gliding club and Coppice Wood can be rather muddy so be prepared. There is a lovely view as you pass Melchbourne House and look across at the ponds and the stately home. There are a couple of stiles on this route. One is hard to spot due to an overgrown hedgerow on the left just after you’ve crossed the wooden bridge out of the Riseley Church field.
I have posted separately a different return route back to Riseley.
3.6miles about 1hour 15minutes
A circular walk from the Fox & Hounds Pub around Keysoepark Wood.
This walk is mainly along public paths along fields. So some mud to be expected, and maybe one stile by Keysoepark Wood and a rather wobbly stile on the path between the High Street and Riseley Lodge Farm when I last went round.
There are Shetland ponies in one of fields between the High Street and Riseley Lodge Farm. When they come charging down the field to say hello they can be a little frightening and you certainly need to keep your dog under close control. Elsewhere on the walk you may spot some Lamas too – but you don’t walk through the Lama field.
Don’t be tempted to walk into Keysoepark Wood as it is a private wood used by game shooters.