Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 30th, Thursday. Toddington and surrounds. 4 ramblers led by Ruth, 6.5 miles

We started by setting out around the fields behind Alma Farm, disturbing the guard dog. Many of the kissing gates were overgrown. We then had an interesting chat with a resident of Tebworth who was walking home from work at the farm, and crossed the road at the Tebworth/Chalgrave road junction. Next it was fields to the golf course where we had a brief snack and water - it was a very hot sunny day, before returning via Conger Lane.

Kate, Beryl and Hilary during the walk.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

July 23rd Toddington Walk led by Kathy Tabor - 6 miles
A most enjoyable walk. We were joined by a new member Chris Heather. Chris has been walking with Kate and Kathy for a few weeks. We arranged for Beryl to join us with her enrolment forms.

Kate, Beryl, Annie, Chris & Kathy

Annie, Chris, Kate, Beryl & Kathy

Beryl having her banana, Chris with her apple & Kate sitting down with Tony P & Annie standing up in Chalgrave churchyard.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July's walks

THURSDAY 2nd JULY   -   Pulloxhill  5 miles     Meet 10 am  15 @  Westoning. 

SATURDAY 4th JULY   -   Toddington  6 miles    Meet 10 am   @ Toddington Village Hall    

THURSDAY 9th JULY   -   Silsoe     6 miles    Meet 10 am    @ Wrest Park     Picnic at End  

THURSDAY 16th JULY   -   Harlington     7 miles    Meet 10 am @ Harlington Village Hall    

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Harlington Walk 16th July 6 walkers 6.5 miles 3.5 hours led by Tony Price

Sharon, Torunn, Patricia, Vivienne and Tony Price at the Harlington Village Hall for the walk start.

Annie,Vivienne,Torunn,Patricia & Sharon walking through Harlington Spinney

Through to Dyers Hall farm where we crossed the road & along the Bottoms. Taking the track leading up to Moleskin Hill where a water break was taken. Then walking below Sharpenhoe Clappers through to Sharpenhoe village where another break was taken outside the old pub.

Returning to Harlington via the track leading to water off meadow, following this along until the footbridge and crossing the second bridge when we again reached the Bottoms where the track for Harlington was taken and headed back to the village hall.

Map showing the walk route, walked in anti-clockwise direction.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

July 9th 2020 Silsoe to Clophill, led by Jill. 5 walkers

Five of us met at Wrest Park today for a seven mile walk.

 The steps of the house seemed a good place for Ruth, Torunn, Sharon and Beryl to practice their social distancing skills, before heading off up the bridleway towards Gravenhurst. We skirted round the village and then headed north over the fields to Cainhoe Manor Farm. After the previous night's rain we all added a few kilos of mud to our boots as we went through some oat fields, but we were soon on drier ground as we joined the road and crossed the A507.

Our coffee stop was taken on top of the Castle Hill Motte and Baileys with lovely views over towards the lakes of the old Fuller's Earth quarries and Clophill village. I had previously been warned about a large quantity of Giant Hogweed as we neared Clophill and this generated a lot of discussion and effort to agree on it's identification. (note from Ruth - I'm sure its not Hogweed. Possibly Hemlock.) We headed back to Wrest Park via Clophill and Silsoe and finished our walk with a picnic under the trees. The weather was kind to us, so it was a very enjoyable morning with good company.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 4th, Toddington, 6 miles led by Ruth

The legal six met at Toddington Village Hall as usual - but at a later time of 10.30, all resolved to socially distance to the previous requirement of 2 meters, although the new rules are 1m+: the plus being outdoors in quite blustery conditions. It had drizzled as we left home and we were prepared for it to continue, but the day turned out dry and breezy, just right for a walk longer than many of us had done for some time. We walked through Conger Lane to the sand-pits.

After crossing the Flit we walked through Chalton Spinney where we had coffee spread around the interpretation hut. Joan and Hilary went inside, Ruth Torunn, Kate and Beryl braved the wind outside. The flowers were abundant: pyramindal and common spotted orchids, Betony, Agrimony, bedstraw and Knapweed. After a short road walk we crossed fields to gaze at the newish M1: A5 link road and the housing estate in progress. We returned to Toddington approaching Crowbush Farm and all ended up at the Community Gardens at the back of the Methodist Church where we picked raspberries. A lovely walk with good company.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

July Club Walks
July 2nd walk led by Maureen and Malcolm Graham from Westoning to Pulloxhill
Malcolm & Maureen, Sheila & Mike Briggs, Malcolm & Jean Sykes at the start of the walk
Malcolm couldn't wait to get started as rain was forecast later.

We had a lovely walk today, the weather was good with a very small shower, we had great views for miles and beautiful countryside and farms. We crossed lots of fields with wild flowers and abundance of butterflies! mostly  hedgebrowns feeding on blackberry bush flowers. We enjoyed each other’s company at a distance and then all finished the walk with a cup of tea in our back garden and hot cross buns and flapjack