Thursday, November 4, 2021

Thursday 4th November, Billington, 6.5 miles

9 ramblers led by Ruth

A new area for most of us. 


We waked around fields to the river Ouzel which we followed for about a mile. Much clearing was going on. The thicket of bramble and nettles were cleared, willow was being pollarded and they were soon to start dredging. We chatted with two workers while warming our hands on their bonfire. Sadly, no baked potatoes!

 We crossed the river to the Grand Union Canal where we stopped at Church Lock for coffee and bananas. 

 After this, we followed the canal South then crossed a field past a curious herd of calm bullocks. 

 We walked through Slapton then along a very overgrown footpath and across fields slightly uphill to Billington. The views from the slight rise were splendid. There were a series of stiles, all but one having a bar to lift which helped greatly. We had a short break at the church before returning to the start.
Tony R crossing the Bedfordshire type stile

Track of walk, walked in anti-clockwise direction

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