Quingo Accessible Routes: Mills Pit and Common, Bedfordshire

Quingo Scooters know just how great it is to get outdoors and into the countryside, to get some fresh air and appreciate the fantastic scenery! In our Accessible Routes series, we’ll be sharing some routes for you to take on your mobility scooter, where you can spend a day in the great outdoors.


Arlesey, Bedfordshire

Arlesey is a large village in Bedfordshire, located near the border with Hertfordshire and about three miles north-west of Letchworth Garden City.  Through the mid twentieth century, Arlesey had a thriving brick making industry, with five brickworks operating around the town in 1900. Although the famous Arlesey White bricks are no longer produced there, you’ll find lakes in place of some of the old sites. The Blue Lagoon is now used for sailing, whilst the Green Lagoon is used for fishing.

Accessible Route

Name: Mills Pit and Common

Type of route: Circular, there and back

Distance: 1 mile

Gradient: A few ups and downs

Terrain: Medium

Facilities: Parking, Pub, Toilets, Café

This route is a great for when you fancy a nice short trip out. It’s circular with a few ups and downs but is a largely easy route that will take you along the banks of the River Hiz. The kissing gates and paths are both mobility scooter friendly.

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The route starts at the village hall, where you should leave the car park and turn left. You’ll then meet a multiple junction after about a quarter of a mile – this is the old site of the village pump. Interestingly, a replica of this can be found outside the village hall where the route starts and ends.

Here, you should turn right and head up the hill to the railway bridge. Immediately over the bridge, turn right and follow the track to the bottom of the hill and round to the left to the end of Mill Lane.

Follow the path through the kissing gate along the riverside path. Here you’ll find two disabled fishing points if that’s something you’re interested in. After that you’ll pass through another kissing gate, where the footpath finishes and you enter the Mill Pits Meadows. Follow this to the bridge and you’ll find a weir on the river where there are two accessible picnic tables. This is a site of one of the old mills, and the remains of the millrace can even be seen in the water.

This is a great opportunity to relax and take in the sights of the river and the wildlife. The river has an abundance of fish, and you may even see a Kingfisher flash past. When you’re ready to return to the village hall, simply go back the way you came.

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