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.

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