6 members started this 3.5 mile walk from the car park next to Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club. We walked along a track past ruined buildings, through fields where we passed a line of joggers to go downhill near the cemetery to reach St Botolph's church. We crossed the road and walked past the footpath sign to continue along the road. Through 2 "windows" in the wall we could see Aspley House.
|Aspley House through a window in the wall
We continued past Guise House to reach the village centre with its new dot roundabout. In the vicinity were several interesting old buildings, some of which had had modern extensions added. We crossed the road and walked uphill along a Private Road past some new houses before turning left to pass a school where we turned right though fields. In an adjoining field to the left we saw a muntjac running for its life. Shortly we arrived at Gypsy Lane which we followed for a while. At a bend in the road we stopped for a drink stop with a convenient log to sit on.
|Ruth & Hilary sitting with Annie, Tony P & Penny standing
We walked past several derelict pumping houses to arrive at Birchmoor Farm with its amazing brickwork. Afterwards we turned right and crossed Aspley Lane to enter Aspley Wood with Mermaids Pool on our left.. We passed many piles of newly felled logs & then an area where saplings had been planted projected by their plastic sleeves. We left the wood via a kissing gate to cross Woodside & enter a long passageway that led to West Hill almost opposite our starting place.
|Track of walk, walked in clockwise direction