Saturday, January 25, 2020

Pulloxhill Walk 25th January 2020 led by Lynn Wright 6.5 miles - 14 walkers

This walk was originally supposed to start from Silsoe, but unfortunately the Star & Garter pub there has closed. Lynn therefore decided to start from the Cross Keys in Pulloxhill. As the pub could only accept our booking if we finished before 2pm we decided to bring the walk start forward by half an hour to leave Toddington at 9 am & 9.30 am from Pulloxhill.
We started off by going through the chuchyard before descending  Rushymeade, an open area of ridge and furrow ancient farming, to cross the Barton Road.
We walked past Hillfoot Farm and some ancient moats before entering Silsoe. Here we past the old lock-up before turning left along the High Street. We stopped at the swings where there are several seats for our coffee break. We then rejoined the High Street which we left to pass Road Farm.

We then turned left in the direction of Wardhedges, but before reaching it we past the Beaumont Tree where a highwayman was impaled by a elm stake which eventually grew into the elm. (see plaque).
We then zigzaged through several fields to reach Sand Road before arriving back at the Cross Keys where 12 of us had lunch. The route can be seen on the map below which we walked in an anti-clockwise direction.

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