We parked at the retail park near the Leighton Buzzard bypass (free for up to 4 hours) and set off, the first half a mile along pavements passing the extensive industrial area, before turning off along a footpath to a bridge where we stopped briefly. On one side was the remains of the railway bridge from pre-Beecham days, and on the other side the point where the canal and river Ousel are running side by side. We had a good view of the 33-acre green-sand quarry site from the early 20th Centuary.
We passed Cedar's school, and the lakeside whih was flooded in 2021. Tony and Kate stopped to talk to a fisherman (who caught one small carp yesterday. What a cold pastime: I prefer walking!), then stopped to admire the recently layed ancient hedge by a notice board. After admiring the drowned wood and the huge pylon, we had our coffee on some benches overlooking the lake.
Next we visited the birdhide, and looked at Wheelton Boat yard from the re-discovered path that used to be used for taking sand to the canal wharf. Finally we passed the foundations of the old swing bridge and crossed back over the much newer metal green bridge which led us straight back to the retail park. The whole walk took under 90 minutes and we all agreed that it was a good way to spend a cold Sunday morning.