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Walks in Bedfordshire

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:30 pm

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Bedf ... story.html

article about some walks in Bedfordshire that maybe of interest, so muddy today after all the rain we have had.
Hasn't it been a great year for daffodils bringing their cheery yellow and white faces to some dull and dismal days.

Primroses with their two tone yellow heads have equally enjoyed a splendid year and now it is the turn of the bluebell to carpet the woods emerging from winter slumber.

Bluebell displays are so popular people go miles to find the best displays.

We in Bedfordshire are fortunate to have lots of small woodlands and many have great displays and are accessible.

Although this is not a definitive list these are some places you can go and enjoy their beauty:

Around Bedford: Clapham Park Wood, Putnoe Wood, Browns Wood, Salem Thrift (Bromham), Swineshead and Spanoak Wood.

East and Central Bedfordshire: Waresley and Gransden Woods, Gamlingay Wood, RSPB (Sandy), Kings Wood (between Houghton Conqiest and Ampthill), Pedley Wood (Clophill end of Chicksands Wood).

South & West Bedfordshire: Bluebell & Kidney Wood (Luton), Linslade Wood (Leighton Buzzard near Rushmere Country Park), Reynolds Wood (Cranfield) and Ashridge Estate.

Alternatively you can join one of several walks:

Wednesday, April 27: 10am starting from the Chequers PH Wootton.
Thursday, April 28: 10am at Parkside Sports Centre in Kimpton (Herts).
Saturday, April 30: 1.30pm starting from the Chequers in Wootton.
Wednesday, May 4: 10am-noon in Gamlingay Wood.
Sunday, May 15: 10am at The Monument Ashridge.
The official launch of the North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail (NBHT) will be on Sunday, May 8 at 10am starting from St Paul's Square in Bedford with a 12-mile walk to Stagsden and back. Those wishing to do a shorter walk can either return by foot after three miles or by minibus at Stagsden.

Ivel Valley Walkers have re-produced and upgraded the NBHT. This follows in a long tradition where the groups have always been active in supporting and promoting walking in Bedfordshire.

The NBHT was originally devised by the late Gordon Edwards in the late nineties, to attract walkers from near and far to discover the underrated area of North Bedfordshire and its wonderful heritage.

This new publication updates his work and provides a brief history of local interests along the 11 sections of the trail.

It is described in a clockwise direction, starting from St Paul's Square in Bedford and is a circular route of approximately 70 miles divided into the 11 sections. For walkers' convenience the route is also signposted in both directions.

Following existing rights of way throughout, the trail includes no fewer than 23

villages, two country parks and a reasonable number of public houses, so plenty of refreshment stops can be taken on the way.

Each section can be printed separately and includes a route description, Ordinance Survey route map and a brief history of the heritage to be found. To download the NBHT and explore and enjoy the county of Bedfordshire visit www.ivelvalleywalkers.co.uk.

Further walks along the route are planned for:

Tuesday, May 24: Linear walk Stagsden to Harrold - nine miles
Wednesday, June 22: Harrold to Sharnbrook plus return - approximately eight miles
Sunday, July 17: Linear walk Sharnbrook to Wilden - 14 miles
Bedfordshire Walking Festival on Tuesday, September 13: Linear walk from Wilden to Potton - 12.5 miles. Transport provided from Potton Market Square to the start of the walk in Wilden.

Friday, October 7: Bus walk from Potton to Sandy - 7.5 miles
Tuesday, October 25: Linear walk from Sandy to Willington - 12.5 miles
Thursday, November 17: Bus walk from Willington to Bedford - four miles
For these and other Ivel Valley walks go to www.ivelvalleywalkers.co.uk

Bedfordshire Rambler groups offer varied and interesting programmes and city walking is not ignored.

After many years of taking the family to the regular places in London I have found it a far more interesting place going with a walking group and really exploring our capital city. Over the May bank holiday weekend there are two separate walks. On May 1 Lea & Icknield Group are meeting at Leagrave Station at 8.45am for an eight mile walk from Blackfriars to Hampstead and on May 2 Ivel Valley Walkers meet at 8.30am at Bedford Station for a nine mile walk along the route of the Westbourne River. Walks are free but rail fares etc are extra.

Rambling Groups don't just walk they are involved with footpaths, run training courses to help people understand walking maps and organise the Bedfordshire Walking Festival which this year is September 10-18 and includes The Greensand Challenge - 40 miles over two days (September 17-18).

On Saturday, July 9 they will be holding their first 'Introduction to the world of GPS, GPX files and mapping apps' at Rushmere Country Park near Leighton Buzzard. It costs £10 and places will be limited. Contact Nick on ivwramblers.nm@ntlworld.com.

For further information contact walking@madasafish.com.

Our monthly column, Bedfordshire on Foot with Barry Ingram, returns this week.

Barry is the founding member of the Bedfordshire Walking Festival and winner of 2015's Winifred Fowler Community Award



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