Programme Archive 2023

Bedford Rambling Club

Record of past walks and events in 2023

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January 2023

Sunday 1st January – Meet at 10am – 5.5 miles around Renhold, starting from Wentworth Drive along the track  and then following field edges through the Polhill Estate to Renhold.  More field edges and paths to the wood and then up to the church then back along the track to the start.  I have found a slightly different route so there are no stiles but it will be muddy in places.   Park in the road parallel to  Wentworth Drive. Postcode: MK41 8QF LEADER: Sue C. Mob: 07788 954819

Monday 2nd January – Meet at 10am – Sandy Heath. Starting from Deepdale which is on the left hand side of the B1042 between the Sandy RSPB and Potton (Turn left at the railway signal!) Park safely on the left hand side of Deepdale immediately after turning off the B1042. The 4.5 mile walk will take us up Deepdale before turning left down the Long Riding towards the RSPB. We will then follow the RSPB Skylark trail across Sandy Heath following a permissive path around the disused sand pit before completing a circuit around Sandy Heath Transmitter. No stiles, one set of steps and several short rolling up and down sections. Some road walking but should be quiet on weekdays. Postcode: SG19 2NH. LEADER: Gerry . Mob: 07902 451123. 

Sunday 8th January – Meet at 10am  by St Peter’s Church, De Pary’s Avenue, Bedford  for a 5 mile mainly urban walk into Castle Road area, following alleyways to The Embankment, touching into Russell Park, crossing Newnham Avenue, walking alongside Newnham Allotments then following a muddy path into Priory Park to walk around the lake ( the path I was planning to use is flooded). We make our way back passing the cafe and toilets, a possible stop here, then follow the cycle path into Aspects, into Tennyson Road, Kingsley Road, George Street, Castle Road, through the Community Herb Garden and retrace our steps back to De Pary’s. Parking free in De Pary’s on Sundays.  Postcode: MK40 2TW.  LEADER: Chris. Mob: 07904 562541

Monday 9th January – Meet at 10am   at Priory Country park main car park. It will be just over 4 miles of fairly easy walking around the lake and then on to 100 acre field. Shorter route option of about 3 miles. The cafe will be open. Postcode: MK41 9DJ.  LEADER: Jim. Mob: 07961 862355

Sunday 15th January – Meet at 10am at Priory Country Park for an easy 5 mile walk round the lake and then along the cycle track to Bedford Embankment, down the left of the River Ouse to Prebend Street bridge then back on the others side of the river.  Flat walking with mainly good paths.   The Cloverdale cafe is open for drinks when we return and there are toilet facilities.  Postcode: MK41 9DJ. LEADER: Linda.  Mob: 07933 343702

Monday 16th January  – Meet at 10am  in the public car park Kingswood Way (on the right as you enter Great Denham from the A6 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 old golf course and back to the start. Postcode: MK40 4FA. LEADER: Nigel.  Mob: 07907 896900

Sunday 22nd January – Meet at 10am in Riseley Village Hall car park for a 5 mile walk via Lady Wood and Worley Wood.  This is the same walk the Monday group did some weeks ago.  There will be some mud, but there are concrete and hard tracks too.  Post code: MK44 1EG.   LEADER: Geoff.   Mob: 07962 580716.  

Monday 23rd January – Meet at 10am  at Swineshead church, Swineshead. A walk mainly along green lanes and through woods- we will walk down Sandye lane and then the green lane to Swineshead wood, around Swineshead wood, along the green lane to Spanoak wood, around Spanoak wood. Then we head back along the green lane to Swineshead wood and take a different path through Swineshead wood to a public footpath across fields, returning to the other end of Swineshead village, then back through the village to the church. Distance about 5 miles. 4 gates, no stiles, Green lane and woods are likely to be muddy in places. Little bit of an incline but nothing very steep. No amenities, though Riseley nearby has a village shop. Postcode: MK44 2AE. LEADER: Carmel & Tim. Mob: 07856 300580.

The Wednesday Wobblers

Wednesday 25th January –   10:30 am –   The Wednesday Wobblers  will meet at The Pavillion Cafe in Bedford Park  for a short stroll then coffee, weather permitting.  If any ex-ramblers would like to join us, you are very welcome.  Weather permitting. Postcode: MK41 7SS

Sunday 29th January – Meet at 10am near Northill Church on Ickwell Road or Bedford Road, Northill . If planning to go into the Crown for a drink after the walk, you could use their car park. A fairly short walk on level ground with no stiles and not too much mud. We visit 3 village greens and a duckpond, encountering a wooden horse and a few real ones en route before dancing round a Maypole.  Postcode: SG18 9AH. LEADER: Sue G.  Mob: 07880 531517

Monday 30th January – Meet at 10am at The Plough, Bolnhurst, where we have permission to park for this 4.5 mile walk.  The pub does not open on Mondays.  We walk via Colmworth, mainly on farm tracks and field margins and only short stretches of road.  There will be some mud.  Post code: MK44 2EX.  LEADER: Geoff.   Mobile: 07962 580716.

February 2023

Sunday 5th February – Meet at 10am at Cople church at 10am for a circular walk of 5.8 miles. An easy, mainly mud free, walk using footpaths and the cycle track around Cople and Willington. There is a little road walking on a quiet country road. Drinks/coffee afterwards at the Five Bells if so desired.  Postcode: MK44 3TH.  LEADER: Due to illness leaders are now Judith and Sue. Mob: 07788 954819.

Monday 6th February –  Meet at 10am in the public car park behind Wootton Village Hall, Church Road, Wootton. A 4 mile circular walk through the village and onto paths in the Bedford Green Gateway before returning via Hall End. Mostly easy walking, flat with one stile. Ground is soft in parts. Post Code: MK43 9EU. LEADER : Jonathan. Mob: 07421 817583.

Monday 6th February – The Leisurely Strollers – Meet at 10am at the Forest Centre car park, Marston Moretaine for a 3.5 mile circular walk.  Coffee at the Forest Centre on our return.  Toilets are available in the centre.  Please note there is a £2 car parking charge for 3 hours.  Postcode: MK43 0PR. LEADER: Jean. Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk. 

Sunday 12th February – Meet at 10am.  Park in Ridgmont High Street near to All Saints Church.  This is a varied walk, which includes part of the Woburn Abbey Deer Park and the chances of seeing more exotic animals on the fringes of the Safari Park.  The second half covers typical Bedfordshire farmscape plus the ruins of Segenhoe Church.  The walk is about 5 miles, and has one stile. Postcode:  MK43 OTX.  LEADER: Michael. Mob: 07505 731114.

Monday 13th February – Meet at at the West Car Park, Woburn Road, Ampthill (turn right off the B530 just before the junction with the A507 ).  This is a 4.5 mile walk  starting from here walking around Cooper’s hill towards the war memorial which has a really good information board for those with an interest. We make our way from here through a housing estate towards Kings arms garden for which we have access to see the lovely snowdrops, daffodils, wood anemones, then past St Andrew’s church making our way across countryside, with lovely views. There is one stile to climb with the challenge of a rather boggy puddle on the other side. A slight incline which takes us up to Houghton House more lovely views. Then we return through Ampthill park along the ridge towards the hub for refreshments & toilets or straight to the car park. Nearest Postcode: MK45 2HX (this is for the first entrance on the B530) LEADER: Joyce. Mob: 07929 246301.

Monday 13th February – The Leisurely Strollers – Meet at 10am at the Priory Park Cafe. We will walk to  town bridge and back via the embankment approximately 3 miles. Toilets available at start and finish. Refreshments available at the finish. Postcode: MK41 9DJ. LEADER: Jean.  Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk. 

The Wednesday Wobblers

Wednesday 15th February – Meet at 10.30am in the car park at Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger  for a short stroll among the snowdrops and coffee.  Any ex-ramblers are welcome to join us.  Weather permitting. Postcode:  MK44 3RW

Sunday 19th February – Meet at 10am at St Lawrence Church in Church End, Steppingley.  The walk is an undulating route around and through Millbrook Warren.  The distance is about five and a half miles, and there are no stiles. Postcode:  MK45 5AU.  Leader: Michael.  Mob:  07505 731114.

Monday 20th February –  Meet at 10am at The Rose & Crown, 88, High Street, Ridgmont (permission has been given to use the car park) a 4.2 mile stroll along the High Street, through Woburn Park (probably see plenty of deer).  Down towards Eversholt. Along the road to All Saints church, Segenhoe. Some gates but no stiles. Mostly good walking conditions, however, there will be some road walking and possibly mud.  The pub is closed, but the village café will be open. Postcode: MK43 0TY, LEADER: Pat Mob: 07894 724856.

Monday 20th February – The Leisurely Strollers –  Meet at 10am by the pond at Bedford Park.  We will walk through the park, through town, along the embankment, and  back to Bedford Park approx 3 miles. Toilet available at start (20p) Refreshments and toilet available (free) in Cafe at finish. Postcode: MK40 2PF. LEADER: Jean.  Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk. 

Friday 24th February – Meet 11.15 for 11.30 start. 10 Pin bowling at Eat & Bowl Huntingdon Road, St Neots PE19 1XG. We are planning to have two games for a total cost of £9.00 per person. Please complete the online booking form by 6th February at the latest. For those that are interested, we will be going for lunch afterwards.  Contact Liz Noble.

Sunday 26th February – Meet at 10am – A 6 mile walk from Rowney Warren car park through Chicksands wood and back past the MOD.  This is an undulating walk with a couple of larger hills, one right at the end.  Due to the time of the year there is likely to be some muddy areas especially through the woods.  The car park is on the left hand side after you have turned into the entrance for Chicksands from the A600.  Postcode: SG17 5QB.  LEADER: Sue C. Mob: 07788 954819 

Monday 27th February – Meet at 10am at Great Denham. n the public car park on Kingswood Way. On the right as you enter Great Denham from the A6 bypass. DO NOT go up to the golf club. ( No 8 bus leaves Bedford bus station 09.28 and arrives at Great Denham, Carnoustie Drive 09.47 right outside the car park. If going by bus please confirm times ) 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 then along Coffin Path to the pond, over the golf course and back to the start Postcode: MK40 4FA . LEADER: Veronica.  Mob:  07837 055664.

Monday 27th February – The Leisurely Strollers –    Meet at 10am in the free car park in EAST STREET, Olney next to the football ground. This is around a 3 mile walk to and around Emberton Park and back. Toilets available at start, middle and end. Refreshements at finish.  Postcode: Mk46 4DH. LEADER: Jean.  Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk.

March 2023

Sunday 5th March – Meet at 10am at Keysoe Equestrian Centre car park, Keysoe.  This 5 mile walk follows the footpath behind the Equestrian Centre, passing through the churchyard and on.  A bit of field crossing, hopefully still dry, mainly edges of fields and woods. There is a café there for refreshments and toilets.  Postcode MK44 2JP. LEADER: Tracey.  Mob: 07834 153217

Monday 6th March – Meet at 10am – Meet in Great Staughton village hall car park opposite the Snooty Tavern pub at 10am.  This 4.7 mile walk takes grass fields to the road, passes the church, then follows tracks and field edges.  We see some very fluffy Highland cattle at Garden Farm.  Another stretch of quiet road leads to Rushey Farm, after which are more field edges on the way back to the village.  True to form, the pub is closed on Mondays.  Postcode: PE19 5DG.  LEADER: Geoff.  Mob: 07962 580716.

Monday 6th March – The Leisurely Strollers –  Meet at 10am at the  Polhill Arms car park, Renhold  We will walk down the tracks and back through the village for this 2.5 – 3 mile walk. Road Closures in Renhold for the next few months but the Polhill Arms can be accessed via Hookhams Lane. Arrangements have been made for toilets at the start. There may be refreshments at the end (depends on numbers).  Postcode: MK41 0JP. LEADER: Jean.  Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk.

Sunday 12th March –  Meet at 10 am in the Centre Car Park off Beauvais Square in Shortstown for a 5¼ mile walk.  A fairly flat walk with some road walking, gates but no stiles.  From the new estate in Shortstown we walk through Cardington and across fields to Cotton End returning via Shocott Springs Wood.  Postcode: MK42 0GS. LEADERS: Sue & Derek. Mob: 07900 822436

Monday 13th March – SORRY CANCELLED DUE TO GALES Meet at 10am – at Old Warden Village Hall car park, Bedford Road, Old Warden. This is a 3.7 mile walk with some some hilly terrain but not too steep.  Postcode: SG18 9HB. LEADER: Jim. Mob: 07961 862355

Monday 13th March  SORRY CANCELLED DUE TO GALES Leisurely Strollers – Meet at 10am at Moggerhanger Park, Moggerhanger.  Postcode: MK44 3RW.  LEADER: Jean.  Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk.

Sunday 19th March – Meet at 10am by Melchbourn church for a 5.8-mile gently undulating walk.  We start with Hillands Plantation, then head out across country, returning through Worley’s Wood and beside Coppice Wood.  We get a good view of Melchbourne House with its lake.  Postcode:  MK44 1BB.  LEADER:  Geoff.   Mob:  07962 580716. 

Monday 20th March – Meet at 10am  from the car park of The Crown, Station Road, Flitwick where we start our 4.5 mile walk. (Please note the landlady is especially opening up at 12PM & giving us use of car parking on the condition we use the premises for refreshments ) Walking on pavement down Water Lane we soon reach good tracks through Puzzle wood & on to Flitwick Mill. From here we access the 2 moors following the river Flit towards Flitton with it’s historic church & mausoleum, also the lodge where there is a shelter, seating & information. Returning across Flitton moor into the wooded folly following dark orange streams back to the Crown.  There are no hills or stiles. Postcode: MK451LA. LEADER: Joyce. Mob:  07929 246301.

Monday 20th March – The Leisurely Strollers – Meet at 10am at Marston Country Park for a walk round the lake.  Postcode: MK43 0PR.  LEADER: Jean.  Mob: 07999 995047.  Please phone Jean to confirm your place on this walk.

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