Thursday, July 22, 2021

Thursday 22nd July Toddington / Milton Bryan walk

 This walk was led by Tony Price, 8.3 miles in length and had 10 walkers

We started from Toddington Village Hall car park and used the footpath leading to Park Road which we crossed and walked down Long Lane for about 300 yards. We then left the lane by a footpath thought a field of beans. As it was a very hot day we had several water stops.

Tony R in front of Beryl, Kate & Torunn
John D, Sue, Kate, Brenda, Beryl, Tony R, Christine, Cathy & Tony P
  After 4 fields of beans we came to a couple of fields of oats.

The walkers passing through a field of beans

We passed Lodge Farm and, Herne Green Farm almost doing a circumnavigation of Toddington Manor.

 

Beryl, Tony R & Torunn in the foreground

We walked past Happy Land Farm. eventually we came out on Park Road at the beginning of Milton Bryan. Before reaching the Red Lion pub we turned left past Home Farm to the Village Pond where we stopped for a coffee break.

Coffee /Lunch break at Milton Bryan pond.

We saw some roadworkers busily mending a hole in the road before entering yet more fields of growing crop. During the day we walked through fields of beans, oats, barley, wheat, linseed and grass used to make hay. I thought of the old song, "Oats and beans and barley grow" We stayed in the fields but kept almost parallel to the road to arrive back in Toddington very hot and almost worn out. Just before the car park various walkers left the party to return to their homes. John D disappeared before the car park but soon appeared in the car park with a Magnum and became the envy of all.

Track of walk, walked in anti-clockwise direction





Saturday, July 17, 2021

Saturday 17th July Biggleswade to RSPB Sandy

 This walk was 6.3 miles in length and led by Nita & Beryl - 14 walkers

We started off from the DAN ALBONE Car Park on the outskirts of Biggleswade. The sun was out and it was a very hot day. Joyce Corless, a new member, joined us for her first walk. We exited the car park and followed the River Ivel. We left the river and tried to cross the railway via an underpass. However several cows were in residence enjoying themselves in the shade. Maureen very bravely volunteered to move them on. This accomplished we all followed. The fields were ablaze with yellow flowers.

Tony P, Joyce, Maureen, Tony R, Vivienne, Malcolm & Jean S, Beryl, Malcolm G, Joan, Kate, Nita, Penny & Sue at our first water break.

We continued on  across Biggleswade Common, which is the largest area of common land in Bedfordshire and dates from 1200AD. We crossed a footbridge and soon entered the RSPB site known as The Lodge. Shortly afterwards we arrived at the gardens where we stopped for our picnic. Nita gave us a short talk & Tony R explained some of the history of the site learnt from recent a Zoom session. We then had another group photo in front of the lodge itself.

Joyce, Penny, Malcolm S, Kate, Malcolm G, Tony R, Vivienne, Joan, Jean S, Maureen, Tony P, Nita, Sue & Beryl

We then made our way to the Gatehouse where the shop is located. After a short stop, to enable members to make some small purchases, we followed more footpaths around the site before leaving it at the same point that we entered. Eventually we came to the railway underpass which thankfully was now vacant. Later we past Shortmead House, which is often used as a wedding venue, and on its approach road we met many cars coming in the opposite direction. After leaving this road we skirted Biggleswade Town football ground before arriving back at the car park. We all enjoyed being in a larger socially distanced group & meeting members that we had not seen for a while.

Track of walk, walked generally in clockwise direction.




Thursday, July 15, 2021

Thursday 15th July - Woburn Elephant Walk

 This walk was 6.5 miles in length and led by Sharon Johnson - 8 walkers

We started off from Woburn village car park and walked along the High Street to Burnmoor Green. We past the cottages. then past Birchmoor Farm before almost arriving at Horsepool Lane. Here we turned off through the recently felled wood and across the fields before arriving at the memorial sign on Horsepool Lane.

Tony R, John D, Joan, Tony P, Beryl, Torunn, Sharon & Vivienne

We crossed the B5704 & entered the park at Crawley Lodge. We then followed to footpath to view the animals. Here we saw elephants & antelopes amongst others.

Sharon, Joan, John D, Vivienne, Torunn, Beryl & Tony P

We continued on past the Safari Park entrance and had a coffee stop sitting on some convenient logs.  We then climbed up to the estate road where saw many deer.

 

Stags by the road.

We followed the road for a while before coming to the prohibited notice where we followed the footpath to the Froxfield entrance. From there we crossed the main road & followed the footpath back past Park Farm to the car park.

Track walked in clockwise direction.

 


 


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Saturday 10th July - Marston Moretaine Millenium Walk

 This walk was led by Sheila and Mike Briggs - 5 walkers. 

The walk was 6.5 miles and started at the Forest Centre car park.

Joan. Mike, Sheila & Nita

Mike, Joan, Nita and Sheila having drinks

Sheila leading the way

Tony P, Joan, Nita and Mike

Route walked in anti clockwise direction

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Thursday 1st July Flitwick to Flitwick Moor, 8 ramblers led by Joan, 5 miles

 

Starting at Church Road, we walked through a housing estate and quickly onto a hidden path that crossed then followed a stream, went under the railway line through a tunnel, then soon through a strip of woodland near Puzzles Farm. We were delighted: most of us had never walked this path.

Vivienne, Anna, Rosemary, Sandra, Tony R, Joan, Annie & Tony P under the railway.

Disorientated, we reached a road and relocated: we had come out at Flitwick Mill, lavishly restored and in working order. The sound of the mill followed us a short way towards Flitwick Moor. We had a short break at a handy bench then tried to tiptoe past a bend in the river where we were promised was the location of a kingfishers nest in the bank, but to no avail: it is impossible to keep nine adults from chattering when we have been in lock down for so long!

Tony R, Tony P, Annie, Vivienne & Rosemary standing. Sandra, Joan & Anna sitting.

Next was a filed with a herd of cows that looked more threatening than they were. The sun had come out and they were reluctant to leave the shade of their tree.  The footpaths don’t follow the public rights of way on the OS map and once again all but Tony R became disorientated – and he was as usual relying on his modern technology to tell his where we were!  A map on a noticeboard confirmed that we were about to re-enter civilisation. 


We became well spread out as we passed the Tesco Roundabout and divided into separate parties as those in the lead took Temple Way and the rear-guard took a shortcut across the recreation ground, hoping there was a gate at the far diagonal end. There was, and it was padlocked. Just as we arrived a man in a huge form tractor pulled up and unlocked the gate, and we slipped through! We more or less returned to Church Road together.It was so nice to be able to walk in groups larger than 6 again.

Track of walk. Waked in anti-clockwise direction

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Thursday 3rd June Wrest Park, 7 ramblers, 7 miles led by Jill

We were lucky to have a lovely sunny day for our walk on the 3rd June when seven of us met in the car park at Wrest Park. Setting off to the east on the track towards Gravenhurst we'd soon climbed our first incline and could look back over Wrest Park with Silsoe village in the background. As we came into Gravenhurst we took the public footpath opposite the school, skirting round the side of the village until we joined the route heading north towards Cainhoe. The fields here can be very wet after heavy rain, often meaning a detour via the road is needed. But a few dry days meant a clear easy route through the corn fields that soon brought us to Cainhoe Manor Farm. After a short walk along the road we crossed over the A507 and made our way to Cainhoe Castle - a mound on the site of an old motte and bailey. The mound provided an ideal spot for a coffee break, giving us lovely views over the lakes created in the old Fuller's Earth quarries which are now being turned into a nature reserve. The footpath around the lakes took us into Clophill village. We returned to Silsoe via a track at the side of the petrol station which eventually led us onto the High Street and down Park Drive back to Wrest Park. Different estimates of the distance were given, but it was just under 7 miles.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Saturday 19th June

 Lilley & Telegraph Hill Walk led by Lynn - 6 miles - 7 walkers

After having heavy rain all day Friday, it was a relief to see the forecast was for Saturday to be dry until later in the afternoon. However, it was drizzling when we met in Lilley’s village hall car park, so a couple of us who had not worn or taken our waterproof trousers were rather worried we’d made the wrong decision!
Six of us set out from there - Beryl, Joan, Nita, Sharon, Tony P and myself- and met Brenda near The Lilley Arms from where we headed down the lane and along the track to eventually meet the Icknield Way. We had already passed some horse riders and one or two walkers and cyclists but as we got to the Icknield Way it suddenly became like Piccadilly Circus, with numerous cyclists and joggers as well as walkers! Fortunately, very few were heading north so we were soon able to walk without having to keep moving over. We stopped for our elevenses along this stretch, by which time we had warmed up after the unseasonably chilly start.

Coffee Break with Lynn, Brenda & Sharon
Soon after,  we reached the Hexton Road at Mountgrove Farm, where we have to walk the short stretch along the grassy verge and this was where I realised I made the wrong decision about not wearing my waterproofs or gaiters. In the two to three weeks since my reccie, the grass and cow parsley had grown so high and the rain had then weighed it all down so we had to wade through it. My trousers were soaked by the time we reached the bend to cross over and continue up to Telegraph Hill! Thank goodness they dry out quickly.
Beryl, Lynn, Joan, Nita & Brenda walking along the track

Beryl, Nita & Brenda in the foreground
This is a lovely part of the Icknield Way, especially in Spring when the new green of the leaves on the trees is so vibrant. When I did the reccie, it was a sunny day and there was so much bird song. Even on the grey, drizzly day of the walk, we heard quite a lot. At the top, you could make a little detour on a good day to look at the views from Pegsdon Hills but the weather on the day didn’t make that worth doing so we turned right and headed back in the direction of Lilley.
A little further on we took the diagonal path across the crop field to walk along the Woodside edge until we reached The Baulk to our right - a steep path into Lilley - but turned left to walk through a small wood, then turn right and go down the slope to Lilley Hoo Lane, with views across the other side of the A505
Lynn, Beryl & Brenda leading the way

Beryl on the swing

Just after reaching the lane, we took the RH path and followed the path up the hill, where there is a welcome bench at the top with views of Lilley below and Warden and Galley Hills beyond. This is also where Beryl made us all smile when she had a go on the swing hanging from the trees there!
From there, we walked down the other side, across a couple of fields, one full of golden yellow buttercups, and back into the village.

Brenda, Lynn, Tony P, Joan, Nita & Beryl 
Everybody seemed to enjoy the walk and it was lovely for me to see people I haven’t seen for a long time because of the pandemic. My thanks to all of you for joining me.

Map showing the track of the walk, walked in clockwise direction

Friday, June 18, 2021

Thursday 10th June

Shorter Walk - Streatley/Sharpenhoe (Hunt for Orchids)  4 miles

Hilary Jackson led our walk. Richard Collar, Rosemary Chislet, Penny Jamieson, Joan Bray and Anna Blomfield met Hilary at the Streatley roundabout car park on the A6 and walked to Sharpenhoe Clappers where we had a lovely morning walking through the woods and finding orchids in the wildflower meadows. 

Some of the orchids we saw


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Thursday 17th June 2021 Woburn Sands Walk

 There were 6 walkers today on this 5 mile walk which was led by Penny Jamieson round Woburn Sands  & Aspley Guise.

Tony Price, Penny Jamieson, Malcolm Sykes, Beryl P & Jean Sykes

Penny, Annie, Malcolm, Beryl & Jean

Annie, Penny, Malcolm, Jean & Beryl at the golf club.
      
 

Map showing track of walk, walked in anti-clockwise direction



 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Thursday 10th June,

Longer Walk   Ivinghoe Beacon, 8 walkers led by Ruth

We met at the carpark below Paul's Knob and headed past Incombe Hole to the top of Step's Hill, then picked our way North with good views of the windmill, Ivinghoe Village and Town Farm.

We crossed the road at the base of the beacon - no orchids at all! What has happened to them this year? We climbed up to the tumuli then to the trig point of the beacon where we had a short rest and water stop and admired the view.
We walked down Gallows Hill, through the dense conifer plantation of The Combe and up the many steps, stopping for a banana break at the top. Next, fields past Ringshall Woods and through the complex maze of paths and bridleways to the monument for lunch - where we bumped into Malcolm and Maureen! After a chat, we then returned to Paul's Knob: six ramblers had to climb its modest peak, and two had had quite enough and headed to the car park.

 

Those with GPS plotters argued about the distance. Two said 9 miles, two said 8, my piece of string voted 8 miles, but it was felt for morale's sake to go with 9 miles .... unlikely in 4.5 hours with three breaks!  

Monday, June 14, 2021

Saturday June 12th MILLBROOK CIRCULAR WALK 4 Miles Leader NITA McCARTHY

Other Walkers  -  Beryl Pengilley, Brenda Howard, Hilary Jackson, Sue Fox, Mike and Sheila Briggs

The weather was perfect . Glorious sunshine and blue skies.Most of the time we were walking in the shade.We started from Millbrook Village on the Green Sand Ridgewalk, walked around the Golf Course which looked absolutely perfect.

Sue exploring the old pump house

Beryl, Nita, Sheila, Mike & Brenda

We safely crossed the A 507 , Leader and Back Marker wearing TRC High Vis  jackets. remarkably the road was clear !!

Hilary, Nita, Sheila & Beryl

 We then walked beside Center Parcs boundary. Still a bit muddy but no problem.

Coffee break on old sleeper steps.I was then able to relate various details of  of history and points of interest relevant to Millbrook.

Nita, Hilary, Brenda, Mike, Beryl & Sheila                 Beryl, Brenda, the Briggs, Nita & Hilary  


Sue, Beryl, Brenda, Mike & Nita

Once again crossed A507 and joined Katherine's Walk down through the woods and back into the Village. Then we took the long quite steep path up to the Church, through the graveyard and down through the Meadow. Fantastic views over to Cardington Hangers.

Completed the walk down the hill to where we had parked our cars.

A great way to spend a Saturday morning (quoted by a member )

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

 

On Thursday 20 May Hilary, Penny, Sharon, Torunn Brenda and Beryl set off to walk approximately 5 miles from Pegsdon up to Hoo Bit and on to the top of Deacon Hill to the trig point. 


While we were at the trig point Penny commented that she could recall when it was painted pink. On closer inspection we did see some pink pigment in various places showing through the worn grey paint.

We continued down the hill and across to Knocking Hoe where we had a lunch stop and proceeded back down to Pegsdon.

After the walk Penny emailed a photograph which she had taken on a ramble many years ago and sure enough the trig point was painted a dusky pink! 

 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

 Saturday 5th June 2021 Wrest Park - Higham Gobion 

led by Brenda 6 miles 6 walkers

Beryl, Brenda, David BB, Sue & Kate; photo by Tony P
  
 
Track of walk