Saturday, October 31, 2020

 Ampthill to Maulden and back - 9 miles on 31st October

led by Celia and Bob Wallace

This walk should had 6 walkers however 2 had to cancel so 4 brave souls set out from Ampthill Park at 9.15 am on 31st October. We walked through the park and crossed the mainroad before walking up the track towards Houghton House. We past by Kings Wood before turning right towards Linbersey Lane where we observed a lot of traffic traveling towards Maulden. We concluded that a diversion must be in place somewhere. We left the road via a very muddy footpath and eventually turned left into Maulden Woods.  Here the rain really started, after a few light showers that didn't bother us. But this was serious rain and therefore we donned our waterproofs. When we exited the woods we came to a collection of Halloween items, see photo below.

Bob, Ruth, Celia and Tony R by the Halloween items.   
We had planned to have a coffee break in the porch of Maulden church, but unfortunately this was locked so we crowded under eaves of the church hall to refresh ourselves. After starting off again we re-crossed Limbersey Lane and walked past Kings Farm. We then ended up in Gashouse Lane which we followed to meet Church Street. We followed this to the town centre, crossed Bedford Street, ascended Park Street and Park Hill into the Park. We then followed the footpath back to the car park, where we were glad to take off our very wet gear and climb into our cars for the drive home. Thanks to Bob and Celia for the walk, which we enjoyed despite the wet conditions.

Track of the walk, walked in clockwise direction.


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