What maps do I need?

Some may regard as ‘old school’ now, but Ordnance Survey maps are still an ideal way to find the local footpaths. 1:25,000 maps – No. 193, Luton & Stevenage and No. 192, Buckingham & Milton Keynes.  Toddington is mostly on 193, but the map boundary means that the west of Toddington parish is on 192.  Available from OS shop or local map retailers. The OS site has several map related games.

How many stiles are there?

I support the concept of ‘least restrictive access’ defined by British Standard BS5709 which means removing as many obstructions from the rights of way network as possible.  Stiles are difficult for many walkers to negotiate deterring them from accessing the countryside safely. CBC adopted a policy which gives more details of BS5709.  The landowners in Toddington parish have been really supportive so over 55 stiles have been removed, with only a couple left (the table below slightly now overstates the actual Toddington stiles).  There is no doubt the removal of stiles has encouraged more walkers to get out and about.  The following statistics were provided by CBC to the Joint Local Access Forum in Jan 2021. The numbers of stiles in each local parish is shown. It illustrates the excessive number of stiles in Chalgrave – one every 440 metres! As of spring 2021 there are active plans to remove the last two remaining stiles in Toddington.

Parish (abbreviation)Area (Hectares)Network (km)Stiles metres/stile
Battlesden (BAT)  n/a7.8823,940
Chalgrave (CHA)              92436.1082440
Chalton (CHL)              45913.29113,290
Harlington (HAR)              71319.1463,190
Milton Bryan (MBR)           1,65918.14141,296
Sundon (SUN)              83610.2133,403
Tingrith (TIN)              3896.390no stiles
Toddington (TOD)           1,63750.71225,355
Westoning (WES)              77616.6272,374

What is the Countryside Code?

For more information see Countryside Code:

Respect everyone

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • be nice, say hello, share the space
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Protect the environment

  • take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • take care with BBQs and do not light fires
  • always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors

  • check your route and local conditions
  • plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

Dog fouling

Responsible owners do not allow their dogs to foul public places.  The are many dog bins and litter bins can also be used for disposal of bagged dog waste.  Leaving dog mess on the recreation grounds is particularly unpleasant for sports people, young and old, seeking to play football.  Fines can be imposed on irresponsible dog owners.  Read more on the CBC website.