Programme Archive 2020

Bedford Rambling Club

Record of past walks and events in 2020

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January 2020

Sunday 5th January 10.00. Marston Moretaine. Please park considerately at Bell Public House. 2 Bedford Rd, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0ND. A gentle start for the New Year with an easy walk of about 5 miles around Stewartby lakes and the Marston Vale Country Park. The pub will be open afterwards if anyone wants a coffee or something to eat. Leader Gerry 07902451123.

Monday 6th January 10.00. Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9RX. Meet by cafe to walk along the river and back for a New Year drink.

Sunday 12th January 10.00. A circular ramble from Harrold Odell Country Park passing Chellington Church and walking by Freer’s Wood, Monk’s Wood and Green Spinney into Odell with good views over the Ouse valley. Distance about 5 miles Leave from the bottom of De Pary’s Avenue, St. Peter’s Church at 9.30am or from the car park at the Country Park at 10am MK43 7DS. LEADER: John 01234 824959 Mob: 07944379668

Monday 13th January 10.00. Great Denham, meet at the Golf Club, Carnoustie Drive MK40 4FF. Walk from club along river to Bromham bridge, back through fields to Biddenham Church and pond, through village back to golf club mostly good paths this time of year. approximately 4 miles. Leader Joyce 01234 216564 / 07929246301

Sunday 19th January 10.00. Meeting at The Emmaus Village, School Lane, Carlton. A 6 mile walk along to Chellington Church then over to Harrold and Odell Country Park returning to Emmaus via the Allotment Gardens. MK43 7LQ LEADER: Sarah 01234 363112 Mob: 07484 182820

Monday 20th January 10.00. The Cross Keys, 2 Tithe Road, Wood End Lane, Kempston MK43 9BE. Up to the woods, primroses?

Sunday 26th January. 10.00 Wrest Park. A 5 mile walk around Silsoe and Wrest Park. Park near St Jame’s Church 15 High Street, Silsoe MK45 4DR. LEADER: Michael 07505731114

Monday 27th January 10.00. Half Moon, 108 High Street, Kempston, MK42 7BN. To Potters Cross.

February 2020

Sunday 2nd February 10.00. A circular ramble from Harrold Odell Country Park walking through the village of Harrold and heading north-west through Park Wood to Three Shires Way. After a few miles on Three Shires Way returning to Harrold. Distance about 7 miles. Leave from the bottom of De Pary’s Avenue, St. Peter’s Church at 9.30am or from the car park at the Country Park at 10am MK43 7DS. LEADER: John 01234 824959 Mob: 07944379668

Monday 3rd February 10.00. Shefford, meet in the free car park, Old Railway Way, SG17 5ED. Walk along the river from car park, through Hardwick Farm, exploring Campton Woods, lots of wood carvings and hopefully snowdrops to look out for. Skirting Chicksands base then along through Rowney Woods back to car par. Drinks in he nearby pub The White Hart. Approximately 5 miles. Leader Joyce 01234 216564 / 07929246301

Sunday 9th February 10.00.Walk Cancelled due to storm warning. With storm Ciara due to hit this area Sunday it has been decided it would be unwise to go ahead with this walk. A 5 mile walk from Go Outdoors on Norse Road through the Howbury Hall Estate, out to Renhold and Wilden and back. Meet at Go Outdoors Car Park 10am. MK41 0QN. Note one stretch has 4 stiles quite close together. Leader Sue C 07788954819

Monday 10th February 10.00. Walk Cancelled due to storm Ciara. The Royal George, Silver Street, Stevington MK43 7QP. (Car park entrance is off Court Lane). Coffee and down to the church.

Tuesday 11th February. Lunch and a chat at the Priory Marina Beefeater, Barkers Lane, Bedford. Does this appeal to you? Meet at 12.30. All walkers and non walkers welcome. Please let Liz know if you wish to come so she can book or 01525 713284 (leave a message if no answer)

Sunday 16th February 10.00. Hail Weston to Grafham Water. Meeting just before Hale Weston ford, PE19 5JR. Walking over fields and beside woods to Grafham Water where we may see some wildlife as well as the reservoir. 7 miles approximately. (May be shortened to 5/6 miles & avoiding trees if weather is bad). First part may be muddy, walking back on roads/concrete tracks. Leader Linda 07733343702

Monday 17th February 10.00. The Bell Hotel, 21 Bedford Street, Woburn MK17 9QB. Snowdrop walk?

Sunday 23rd February 10.00. Odell – A 6 mile walk from The Bell Pub, 81, High St. Odell for a varied walk to Harrold and then through Odell Great Wood before returning to Odell. MK43 7AS LEADER: Sarah 01234 363112 Mob: 07484 182820

Monday 24th February 10.00. The Anchor, High Street, Great Barford, MK44 3LF. Kingfisher Way and coffee.

MARCH 2020

Sunday 1st March—Radwell. Meeting at 10am for a pleasant circular walk of approximately 5 miles in a variety of landscape settings including Pavenham Golf Course and the River Ouse. Follow the road past Milton Ernest Garden Centre , just before you get to Radwell there is a small grassed area on the right where it is ok to park. The Green, Radwell Road, Milton Ernest MK44 7HT LEADER Sarah 01234 363112 Mob:07484182820

Monday 2nd March 10.00. The Cock, 23 High Street, Broom SG18 9NA. Coffee at Jordons.

Sunday 8th March.10.00 Woburn. 5 – 5.5 mile circular walk starting at St Marys Church in Woburn round beautiful countryside with splendid views, followed by a coffee in the lovely high Street. There will a few hills to climb but it is fairly well drained so there should not be too much mud. Parking in free car park opposite St Mays Church, Park Street Woburn MK17 9PG. LEADER – Maureen 07562 338830

Monday 9th March 10.00. The Cross Keys, 159 High Street, Cranfield. MK43 0JB DUE TO MUD PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF WALK. Start from the Cross Keys and walk along John Bunyan Trail towards Holcott woods, may see some primroses. Follow a path with fine views back towards the Thrift and stay on gravel tracks to make our usual way back to the pub. This walk is between 4.5 – 5 miles. Leader Joyce 01234 216564 / 07929246301

Sunday 15th March. 10.00am Waresley. A 5 mile walk in the area. Meet Waresley Garden Centre, Sandy (SG19 3DB). LEADER– Brenda L 01767 640623 / 07934 240325

Monday 16th March 10.00. Ye Old Swan, Newport Road, Woughton-on-the-Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BS. Walk in Milton Keynes area.


18th March. Club activities suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.


Up and running, or rather “walking” again after 5 months.

Sunday 2nd August— Meet at 10am. 5 miles around Renhold, starting from Wentworth Drive and through the Howbury Hall Estate to Wilden. 2 stiles. If coming from Church lane end turn left at the roundabout – Wentworth Drive/Dover Crescent and then sharp left again, park at the far end or in the road on the right, Dunster Gardens. We will meet on the grass near the roundabout. Postcode: MK41 8QF LEADER: Sue C. Mob: 07788954819

Monday 3rd August – Meet at 10am. Priory Country Park. Meet at the main car park on the green in the centre. 3.5 miles. LEADER: Jim Mob: 07961862355

Sunday 9th August— Meet at 10am. Houghton Conquest – Rectory Lane. A 5 mile walk approximately, climbing up ‘Hill Difficulty’ to ‘House Beautiful’ from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress then along the ridge for some fine views if the weather is clear. Down through Kings Wood where Henry VIIth used to hunt. We may see deer and badger tracks among the woodland flowers. Postcode: MK45 3LD LEADER: Sue G Mob: 07880531517 or land line 01234 822760

Monday 10th August – Meet at 10am. Ridgmont to Woburn Park. Meet at the Rose & Crown Pub for a 5 mile walk including some hills. The address is 89, High Street, Ridgmont. Postcode: MK43 0TY . There is now just one narrow entrance (that was the exit) to the car park as the owner has erected a marquee across the entrance. There will be no toilet facilities available. Avoid approaching Ridgmont from School Lane as there is a notice that the road will be closed on the 10th from 8am – 6pm. LEADER: Jim Mob:07961862355

Sunday 16th August— Meet at 10am. Start at Mowsbury Park car park, Kimbolton Road, this 6 mile walk takes us past the golf course up to Ravensden towards the water tower and back. Postcode: MK41 8AH LEADER: Linda Mob: 07733343702

Monday 17th August – Meet at 10am. 4-5 miles from Stevington to Pictshill Estate. No dogs on this walk please due to animals. Park at the Royal George car park or streets nearby. Postcode MK43 7QP. LEADER: Joyce

Sunday 23rd August— Meet at 10am.  Kimbolton – A 5-6 mile walk around this pleasant village to be able to view Kimbolton from many directions.  Meet at Castle Gardens (off Kimbolton/Chelveston Road)  Postcode: PE28 0JE   LEADER: Peter   Land line 01933 276810 or on the day Mob: 07799697661

Monday 24th August  – Meet at 10am at Moswbury Park Car Park (Kimbolton Road).  Mowsbury Park  to the Hillfort and back through North Brickhill Country Park.  Postcode: MK41 8AH  LEADER: Terry  Mob: 07455028882

Sunday 30th August—  Meet at 10am.  Eversholt –  A 6 mile walk.  Meet at Eversholt Village Hall  (SP981327)  Postcode: MK17 9DS  If coming from M1 J13 the postcode beings you to Eversholt, Tyrrells End.  Continue on, after 100 yards ignore the right turn, after 200 yards turn right at cream coloured Eversholt Hall sign and then right again through metal gates into the over flow car park.  LEADER: Sue W.  Mob: 07546588087

Monday 31st  August – Bank Holiday Monday.  Meet at 10am at the Polhill Arms, Renhold. Short, fairly easy walk around Renhold. Postcode: MK41 0JP. LEADER: Jim/Mavis Mob: 07961862355

Sunday 6th September – Meet at 10am  A 5.5 mile walk through Woodlands Park and North Brickhill Country Park. An easy walk on good paths. Meet in Mowsbury Park car park, Kimbolton Road. Postcode: MK41 8AH  LEADER: Chris Landline 01234 360769 Mob: 07904562541

Monday 7th September – Meet at 10am  A 4 – 4.5 mile circular walk from Ampthill Park to Millbrook church and back plus optional extra round Cooper’s hill. Meet at the West car park, Woburn Road, Ampthill (on the right off the B530 just before the junction with the A507) Postcode: MK45 2GU. LEADER: Gerry Mob: 07902451123

Sunday 13th September – Meet at 10am  – A 4 mile walk through the countryside around Harrold-Odell Country Park taking approximately 2 hours.  Refreshments and toilets available at the Country Park Cafe after the walk. Postcode: MK43 7DS  (Grid ref SP956566)  LEADER: John.  Mob: 07944 379668  Land line: 01234 824959 

Monday 14th September – Meet at 10am.  A 4 mile walk around Broom starting at The Cock Pub. Please park on the High Street rather than in the pub car park.  Walking around the lakes, worth bringing binoculars if you have any to see the wildlife.  Postcode: SG18 9NA  LEADER: Pam.  Mob: 07999 475099

Sunday 20th September – Meet at 10am.  Bedford Alleyways and Backways. Easy walking about 6 miles to see where you don’t drive! Meet at Bedford Park Gates, Park Avenue. (Top of De Pary’s Avenue) Postcode: MK40 2JZ Parking either on De Pary’s Avenue (free on Sunday) MK40 2TP or Park Avenue MK40 2LB LEADER: David. Landline 01234 218989 Mob: 07484 259914

Monday 21st September – Meet at 10am  A 4.5 mile walk starting from the Fox and Hounds pub in Riseley. Please park in the Village Hall car park, Gold Street opposite the pub. The route is not too difficult and there are no stiles and a few gates. Postcode: MK44 1EG LEADER: Pat. Mob: 07894 724856

Sunday 27th September – Meet at 10am  – Maulden woods to Maulden church. – The walk is 4.5 miles long and is a very attractive circular walk.  Hopefully the leaves will be in full autumn colour.  The paths are a little uneven in places and there are a number of small hills. No stiles, but numerous kissing gates.  Postcode: MK45 3UZ (TL073394) Maulden woods lay-by on the A6 known as Maulden Woods car park.  From Bedford, drive round Clophill roundabout on the A6, and head back north, look out for the P sign indicating the lay-by and turn left into this. LEADER: Sue & Derek. Mob: 07889 223708

Monday 28th September – Meet at 10am at the Recreation Ground in Olney. Postcode: MK46 4DW LEADER: Pat. Mob: 07894 724856

Sunday 4th October – Meet at 10am at Bedford Park Gates. Park Avenue (Top of De Pary’s Avenue) for a walk just under 5 miles going through the park to Mallard Hill (a bit of a climb), pass the allotments to open fields into Clapham Woods, doubling back to Mallard Hill (down this time) back into the park passing the cafe, maybe coffee? Postcode: MK40 2JZ. Parking is free on Sunday in De Pary’s Avenue, MK40 2TP and Park Avenue, MK40 2LB.  LEADER: Chris. Landline: 01234 360769 Mob: 07904 562541

Monday 5th October – Meet at 10am  Around 4-5 mile walk through Maulden Woods to the church and back. This is an undulating walk given the nature of the woods. Postcode: MK45 3UZ (TL073394) Maulden woods lay-by on the A6 known as Maulden Woods car park.  From Bedford, drive round Clophill roundabout on the A6, and head back north, look out for the P sign indicating the lay-by and turn left into this. LEADER: Joyce. Mob: 07929 246301

Sunday 11th October – Meet at 10am  Almost circular walk from Elstow to Wilstead and back.   6 miles partly following the John Bunyan trail.   Countryside and woods.  No stiles just kissing gates. Parking at Pear Tree View/Medbury Lane off the Wilstead Road, Elstow. Postcode: MK42 9YN  LEADER: Sue C.  Mob: 07788 954819

Monday 12th October – Meet at 10am  in the public car park Kingswood Way (on the right as you enter Great Denham from the A428 bypass. Do NOT go to the golf club) Approximately 4 miles of easy walking with a few gates but no stiles. Along the river to Bromham Bridge, back through fields to Biddenham Church and the pond, then over the golf course and through the village back to the start. Postcode: MK40 4FA. LEADER: Gerry Mob: 07902 451123

Sunday 18th October – Meet at 10am. The Emmaus Village, School Lane, Carlton. Meeting at 10am a 6 mile walk along to Chellington Church then over to Harrold and Odell Country Park returning to Emmaus via the Allotment Gardens. Coffee available from Emmaus Village Cafe. Postcode: MK43 7LQ  LEADER: Sarah. Landline: 01234 363112  Mob: 07484 18282 There was a problem with this walk and it ended up being a walk round Harold country park.

Monday 19th October – Meet at 10am.  A 4.5 mile walk around Old Warden, starting at the Village Hall car park. Lovely walk up to the Greensand Ridge then returning via St. Leonard’s Church and the car park. Postcode: SG18 9HQ. LEADER: Joyce. Mob: 07929 246301

Sunday 25th October – Meet at 10am.  Starting from Priory Business Park, Priory Country Park car park, (Not Barker’s Lane car park) turn left off Stannard Way and follow the road to the end. A 4.5 mile easy flat walk, no stiles, around the finger lakes and along the River Ouse. We can have a break at the cafe by the lake. Please bring a mask as you will need it for ordering drinks. How many bridges? Postcode: MK44 3WH LEADER: Kevin. Mob: 07864 373624

Monday 26th October – Meet at 10am  A 5.5 – 6 mile walk round Woburn largely through the deer park and passing near the Abbey and lakes on reasonable paths with no ploughed fields; there are 8 gates. Car park in Park Street, Woburn. Postcode: MK17 9PG Map reference SP951333 LEADER: Simon Landline: 01442 827379 Mob: 07713 989665

Covid Lockdown stopped us walking again.

Sunday 6th December – Meet at 10am  An enjoyable 6 mile scenic route with good views. Start at Green Sands Ridge Walk Car Park, Station Road, Millbrook walking on the edges of the Test Track, golf course and Centre Parks. Good underfoot surfaces with no stiles and 3 short hills. Postcode: MK45 2JD (Car park is on the right hand side before you go up the hill to the Test Track) LEADER: Kevin. Mob: 07864 373624

Monday 7th December – Meet at 10am at the main car park (by the Cafe) Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford. An easy walk of about 4 miles to get everyone started again after lockdown. Out along the meadows at the back of Riverfield Drive then following the river towards Castle Lock before looping round and heading for home. There will be the option of going round the Priory lake on the way back or taking a short cut saving about 0.5 miles. Fairly level walking but could be a bit muddy. Postcode: MK41 9RX LEADER: Gerry. Mob: 07902 451123 

Sunday 13th December   Meet at 10am  A circular walk of 4.5 miles around Old Warden. Meeting at the Old Warden Church car park. The church has a collecting box outside and asks for donations as a thank you for parking. Postcode: SG18 9HQ  LEADER: Sue W. Mob: 07546 588087

Monday 14th December – Meet at 10am  A 4.3 mile walk starting from Aspley Guise car park, The Common, West Hill. This new walk is quite different to the one we recently did with Pam before lock down and just as varied and scenic. Walking round the golf course perimeter and then making our way along lanes and tracks and finally some woodlands. No stiles and only a little muddy in places. Postcode: MK17 8DX. LEADER: Joyce. Mob: 07929 246301

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