Monday, November 28, 2022

Saturday 26th November Harlington to Leagrave train station - 6 miles

Sue and Graeme led a 6 mile walk from Harlington Village Hall Car park. We were joined by 8 members walking to Leagrave train station where we caught the train back, with concerns due to train strikes, but luckily it didn’t effect us!

We headed off down Sundon Road taking a right through a muddy pathway onto the fields heading over towards the train line then walking along side it and walking through Harlington Spinney.

It was a pleasant walk through the trees although muddy in places, passing Sundon chalk pits on our right and eventually coming to upper Sundon for our coffee break in the recreation ground.

We then made our way down to a very busy Manor Road, Lower Sundon. Crossing carefully and heading towards Bluebell Woods where I spent many a happy days in my childhood and where we had our picnic overlooking Sundon Park. 

Lunch stop in the bluebell woods with Kate, Graeme, Richard, Tony P, Wendy, Janet, John & Beryl
After lunch we followed the bridleway up to Sundon Park water tower and found the trig point with a 5 Digit OS number without a prefix letter, which apparently is unusual. Ruth gave an interesting detailed account of a trig point .. thank you Ruth.

Ruth, Beryl, Richard, Kate, Wendy Tony P, John, Janet & Graeme by the water tower.
Janet, Ruth, Beryl, Sue & John by the trig point.
We then followed a pathway down through Marsh Farm housing estate built in the 1960s and walked through Spinney Woods which is the border between Marsh Farm and Sundon Park.

We passed Marsh Farm flats ‘ Five Springs’, Penhill and Lea Bank, now with blue cladding following a huge regeneration project, stopping at the source of the River Lea, known as Five Springs, and passing Wauluds Bank earthworks dating back to 3000BC.

The building at the edge of Wauluds Bank was a farm house know as Marsh Farm house. We were fortunate enough to go inside and see the work by volunteers to save the building from demolition. They have restored the well,  have weddings and a recording studio.

We then headed off to Leagrave train station for our train back to Harlington.

Track of walk, walked North > South

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