Sunday, January 1, 2023

Sunday 1st January Annual Harlington New Year's Day walk led by Tony R

This 4 mile walk had 16 walkers.
Due to family problems this walk was not advertised externally apart from in the Harlington Village Shop and therefore only attracted 2 non-club members
We started off form Harlington Village Hall Car Park and crossed Bury Orchard to the Spinney which we walked through meeting a couple of dog walkers. We soon came into open fields with some surface mud..

Walkers getting strung out across the muddy field

This path led to the Bottoms Road, now traffic free due to having one end blocked in an attempt to reduce fly tipping. We walked along the road to the point where it meets Sundon Road. There we left the road and walked up the old trackway, though the gate into the woods at the bottom of Sundon Hills. We turned left avoiding the metal spikes in the ground, past the interpretation board. climbed some steps to enter the open field at the top of the hill.

Beryl handing out sweets to accompany our drinks

 We stopped for a coffee/banana break before leaving this field and crossing the road to enter another field having an electric fence keeping a flock of sheep enclosed.
We walked along the perimeter of this field with glorious view of Bedfordshire before turning right to follow the old track through the woods towards Harlington. At the bottom of the hill we stopped for a group photo.

We then followed the field boundaries before passing to the rear of Wood Farm and hence exiting the footpaths onto Sundon Road which we followed back to the starting point.

Track of walk, walked in clockwise direction

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