This 5 mile walk was led by Beryl assisted by Nita
On a beautiful morning with clear blue skies, 12 members of the Club, plus 2 visitors who had found us on our website, (well done Ruth) set off from The Kiln Café in Stewartby. We walked to Stewartby Train Station and then turned into the Marston Forest Centre Site. The autumn leaves were lovely and the lake was a fantastic turquoise blue, reflecting the perfect sky. We walked as close as possible to the huge Covanta Incinerator which is under construction. (In fact we had to do a bit of a backtrack as the brambles had overtaken the path!)
|The group showing the Covanta chimney
After some road walking we turned left into the fields. There we had a huge wide green path for a while before crossing a narrow footbridge and following the path alongside many young trees. There were expansive views of the Covanta building which is absolutely huge. Coffee/banana stop was taken in the sunshine near the railway line with excellent views of passing trains!
Our path crossed several fields with young crops but we had 2 tractor tyre lines to follow and the ground was not too muddy. Then we negotiated 2 tunnels under the north/south mainline railway. We had already crossed the Bletchley to Bedford line twice at level crossings - the friends of the line have recently celebrated its 175th anniversary). Finally we returned to the village of Stewartby and walked through the well kept bungalows and grounds. (I had been informed by the Groundsman that he and several volunteers had recently planted 7,000 daffodil bulbs - it should be a picture in the Spring.)
A convivial lunch was taken at The Kiln Café in the Social Club Hall which seemed rather dark on arrival but once our eyes became accustomed it was fine.
|Track of walk, walked in anti-clockwise direction