Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Go Easy Walk on Saturday 22nd February 2020    4 Mile Circular Walk from Millbrook Village
Leader Nita McCarthy
Nine ladies really enjoyed a leisurely walk in the sunshine.
At times we were walking on the boundaries of Millbrook Golf Club and through very old wooded areas.
We had several coffee and water stops with lots of opportunities for all of us to get our up to date news.
We wore our Hi-Vis vests for crossing the usually very busy A507 only to find that we were able to cross safely as there was very little traffic!!
We then skirted the boundary of Center Parcs and  had to be careful. It was very muddy, even worse than when we did the recce. We took our time and helped each other
The last stage was a downhill walk through the woods back down into Millbrook Village.
There were two or three inclines which we took our time and did not talk so much!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Walk on Saturday 22nd February - 4 walkers - 12 miles in length led by Bob & Celia Wallace

It was a dry day with temperatures of 11 - 12 degrees, however it was quite windy.
We started the walk from Church Lane Ridgmont, walked past Segenhoe ruined church down a muddy track to Cobbler's Lane.We crossed the road & took the path past Wakes End farm & Briar Stockings to Water End. Here we crossed the road & took the track into Eversholt where we stopped for a coffee break at the Millennium Pond. After sustaining ourselves we walked through the churchyard & along the road before entering the Woburn Estate. We then followed the path up past the now closed gardens & the lake before arriving in Woburn village. The walked down the High Street/Bedford Street to the Bell pub where we met Anna Blomfield for our lunch.
Tony P, Bob W, Celia W & Tony R with the elephants
After lunch we walked past the Village Hall & across the football fields to join Birchmoor Lane & hence past Birchmoor Green & Birchmoor Lodge to join Horsepool Lane. Rather than walk through the muddy fields here we walked along the Lane to join Crawley Road. We again entered the Woburn Estate by Crawley Lodge & eventually made our walk past the wallaby enclosure which had many young visitors.
 We saw elephants here and caught a glimpse of 2 giraffes before they went back into their house to escape the wind
Dumbo came to see us.
Further along we came across some long horn cattle.
We left the wild animals via some very muddy paths & noticed that the bridge over the fence has been demolished thus meaning we had to navigate the muddy gateway our of the safari park. We climbed the hill to the tarmac road which led back to Ridgmont & our cars.
Map showing track of the walk. Started at green dot at top & walked in clockwise direction.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Walks on Thursday 13th February - There were 2 walks on this day

1) A Go Easy walk of 4 miles around Harlington led by Patricia - 6 walkers were on this walk

2) A longer walk of 7 miles around the lakes of Milton Keynes - 16 walkers were on this walk.
The walk, led by Tony R, started at the Hungry Horse pub at Furzton Lake, walked round part of the lake before crossing Watling Street. We then walked between the National Bowl & the A5. The path here was part of a horse trail, with puddles in places. Due to the traffic on the A5 it was quite noisy here. We then walk past all 4 of the Tear Drop Lakes. We stopped at their top end for our coffee break watching the ducks on the lake.

We then passed under Childs Way, where we saw a heron that kept very still watching for fish in the river. We passed within about 2 meters of this bird before it eventually flew to safety on the other side of the river. We then passed many snowdrops before turning away from the river to walk again near the noisy A5. We then walked through a housing estate. On leaving this we passed some workmen repairing the tarmac path before crossing another road & passing under Portway to reach Lodge Lake. We walked round this lake with a short stop at its top for a second short coffee break. We again passed under Portway to enter another housing estate. Here we planned to leave the road & cross the stream using some stepping stones, however due to the recent rains these stones were submerged. Therefore we walked across a bridge before leaving the road to walk along a path parallel to the stream. This led to Bradwell Road &after passing some thatched cottages we crossed the road and walked past more large houses past the site of Loughton Manor & Fishponds. We then again went under Childs Way before arriving back at the Tear Drop Lakes albeit on the opposite side than formally.

Here we stopped for a photo. After these Lakes we walked under Chalfron Way, past the car park of the National Bowl to reach the woods of South Loughton Park. We went under Watling Street to reach the starting point in the pub car park. 6 members left us here before 10 of us went to the pub for lunch. We had a couple of tables on the upstairs floor, where most of us used the 2 meals for £9.99 deal. A good walk was enjoyed by all as the forecast rain held off and the amount of mud was minimal.

Map showing the track of the walk.
Walk done anti-clockwise starting at green dot.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sue and Graeme’s walk
8 February 2020 

Today 10 members enjoyed a 6 mile walk in Hertford in the sunshine, lots of laughter and chatting and finished our day at Il Vino Italian cafe.
Walking along the tow path of the river Lee from Hartham common Hertford past Hertford lock  and Hartham Weir to Ware and visiting St Mary’s church before walking back along the river past Ware lock, crossing over river Lee and Beane river and finishing our day at Il Vino cafe.

Hartham Weir with the ducks feeding.

Tony R, Linda, Hilary, Anne, Graeme, Sue, Nita, John, Joan and Tony P by the football pitches.

Group with The Maltmaker in Ware

On the Rocking Horse in Ware

In the woods with the snowdrops on the way back to Hertford

Map showing the track of the walk.
Starting point shown as green dot on left hand side.
We walked lower section first to Ware before returning on upper section to Hertford.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thursday 6th February 
Our walk started at Dunstable Downs on a lovely bright and frosty morning. The frost soon cleared in the sunshine and we had super views in clear sky as we walked along the ridge to Totteridge, had our coffee on a seat in the playground then headed gradually up hill back to the chalk downs. Most people visited the cafe at the end. 

Neil and Kathy

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Walk on Thursday 30th January

Our walk is  on footpaths in Milton Keynes. It starts from Caldecotte Lake by the Premier Inn restaurant  (MK7 8HP) where there is ample free parking.  The walk is an easy 7.5 miles along the River Ouzel & The Grand Union Canal.  We will be stopping for lunch at Willen Lake Restaurant which is half way.
as well as meals the pub serve a selection of sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes & soup between £5 - £6.

We will be leaving Toddington at 9.30am
Hope to see you Thursday

Debbie & Nick