Monday, April 29, 2024

Saturday April 17th Barton, 7 miles

 8 ramblers, led by Sharon. 

Sharon was already outside the Barton football pitch as we arrived, a full car load from Toddington, and she welcomed us with enthusiasm, saying she thought perhaps no-one would turn up! Considering the weather forecast of more rain and cold, it was understandable. Then the Harlington car load turned up.  We all agreed that we had waterproofs, so what did a bit of rain matter? As it turned out, there was no rain for the entire walk, and it didn't matter that the sun never came out, because the visibility was excellent. We began with a steep ascent by the side of Lest Wood up to  Barton Hall Farm , past bright yellow dwarf oil-seed rape. 

Next we picked up the Bunyan Trail , stopping off for a coffee break by a pile of logs. 

We swung round to Warden Hill, to admire the view of Luton and beyond. 

 Next we passed the golf course and through a gate leading to a lovely scrub with small trees. Black caps were singing, as well as the ubiquitous blue tits. 


Lunch was on a bench near Streatley, with another excellent view of Luton, this time from the North.  We made good time and were back at Barton by 1.45.


Track of walk, walked in clockwise direction

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