Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Thursday 21 October 2021 STOCKWOOD PARK walk

 Leaders  Yvonne   and  Beryl   -     3.5 mile walk

There was a bright blue cloudless sky but a definite nip in the air when  Tony P, Annie,
Sue, Hilary, Ruth, Mary, Penny, Sandra Horncastle and Paul  joined us in one of the car parks.   
Being hardened walkers we wore several layers, hats and gloves and began the walk.    
Stockwood Park which was originally the estate of the Crawley family from 1708 to 1939 is now owned by Luton Borough Council.  Stockwood House was at one time a Hospital for sick children with a hip disease and is now a residential care facility for females with eating disorders

As we passed the London Road entrance to the park we saw a World War 2  Pill Box built in 1940 to protect the Town and Airport  from invasion. It was manned by the Home Guard.  (no sign of Captain Mannering and Co, hiding in the bushes)  

As we walked around the edge of the Golf Course there were areas of fallen autumn leaves to shuffle through topped with very small conkers.   
Our coffee stop was in an open area of the park with, plenty of tables and benches, the most fun ones were shaped like mushrooms and just the right height to perch on     

We then walked across more parkland and footpaths to arrive at the Visitor Centre.   After strolling around the many interesting and charming gardens developed over several years we had our picnic in the outside eating area of the Garden Cafe.

This was a first for me to walk with members I haven't seen for a very long time
It was great !

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