Bedford Rambling Club
Archive record of walks and events 2019
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This page is intended to form a record of walks and events that have taken place this year. Walk leaders and event organisers are encouraged to provide a brief summary for inclusion. Please send FAO Gerry to email@example.com
Sunday 6 January – Radwell, a pleasant circular walk of approximately 5 – 5 1/2 miles, in a variety of landscape settings including Pavenham Golf course and the River Ouse. Meet at 10.00am. Follow the Radwell road past Milton Ernest Garden Centre and the layby until you get to Swan House and a small grassed area where it’s ok to park. Nearest postcode MK44 1SH. LEADER – Sarah 01234 363112/07484 182820. Nearly 5.7 miles following the river and the Ouse Valley way round the edge of the golf course, across the road and through the farm on to the Osier Holts. Then back to Pavenham before heading towards Felmersham and back to the start point at Radwell.
Monday 7 January – Meet 10.00am at The Chequers, Hall End Road, Wootton, MK43 9HP. A pleasant walk of a little over 4 miles. A short length of road walking before heading East on a track then down and along the North West side of Wootton Woods continuing to pick up the farm track South East to Wootton Green. From here it was through a field of rather frisky horses then further fields back to Wootton church then through the village and a little more mud back to the Chequers.
SATURDAY 12 JANUARY Barn Dance to be held at Oakley Village Hall, 27 Church Lane, Oakley, MK43 7RJ starting at 7.30pm dancing to “Kelly’s Eye”. A very enjoyable evening was spent at Oakley Village Hall when about 55 people danced to the music of “Kelly’s Eye”. Organizer John said “I really enjoy barn dances, the communal activity of people having a great deal of fun in learning new dances or remembering with great pleasure the dances they have done for many years.” The event made a profit of £75 towards club funds.
Sunday 13 January – Clophill, approximately 6 miles visiting Chicksands Wood and and an old ruined church. Meet at The Green in Clophill (near The Flying Horse) MK45 4AD at 10.00am. LEADER – Sue 01234 822760/07880 531517. A lovely walk of about 6.5 miles going through Clophill village to Brickwell farm. Picking up the Greensands Ridge and skirting the edge of Chicksands Woods to the top at Appley corner before coming back through the middle of the woods and stopping at the old church. From there back to the start point.
Monday 14 January – Meet 10.00am at The Prince of Wales, 8 Northampton Road, Bromham MK43 8PE. A pleasant 5 mile walk starting with 1/4 mile north on Northampton Road then west past White’s Wood, South by How Wood to Stagsden and coffee in the golf club. Across the golf course and along the east side of Hanger Wood and back to the start point.
Sunday 20 January – Bromham Mill. Bridge End, Bromham MK43 8LP starting at 10.00am. The walk is about 4.5 miles and the leader is Michael who can be contacted on 07505 731114. A very pleasant walk including a visit to Stevington windmill.
Monday 21 January – Meet 10.00am Great Denham Golf Club, Carnoustie Drive, MK40 4FF.
Wednesday 23 January – Bedford Hospital is offering completely free 45 minute Resuscitation (CPR) training throughout the day at their resuscitation training room, opposite the A&E Department on Ampthill Road. Five members attended this training with two more turning up who failed to find the right room. Although interesting, the session was somewhat disappointing as it was aimed at babies and infants with only a passing comment on dealing with adults.
Sunday 27 January – The Thornton Walk, Moggerhanger, 5 miles. Meet outside The Guinea Pub, Moggerhanger, MK44 3RG at 10.00am, please park down the side street and not in the pub’s car park as this gets very busy on Sundays. This will be a fundraiser for Sue Ryder, the St. John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, donations on the day would gladly be received. LEADERS – Judith 01767 640782/07397 007101, Brenda 01767 640623/07934 240325. Despite a cold and windy day 21 people, including guests, attended this interesting walk of just over 6 miles where we learned a bit about the history of the Thornton family. We raised an amazing £212 in donations for St John’s Hospice. They have confirmed that the money donated will be used by them locally at the hospice.
Monday 28 January – Meet 10.00am The Anchor, High Street, Great Barford, MK44 3LF.
Sunday 3 February – Swineshead, approximately 5 miles through Swineshead Wood, an ancient wood maintained by The Woodland Trust. Parking is at the top of Sandye Lane before it becomes a track. Sandye Lane is the road just past the church in Swineshead. Meet 9.30am by St. Peter’s Church in DePary’s Avenue or 10.00am in Sandye Lane, Swineshead. nearest postcode MK44 2AE. LEADER – John 01234 824959/07944379668
Monday 4 February – Meet 10.00am Milton Ernest Garden Centre, Radwell Road, MK44 1SH. We did this walk in reverse turning to the right at the start. This wasn’t the best choice as it involved an extra hill to climb, which was very muddy, as were another two fields we had to cross. We have learned from this not to attempt this walk again at this time of year. However our newer members enjoyed the walk and seeing for themselves the notorious Yarlswood center, which we circled. 15 turned up.
Sunday 10 Feb Sharnbrook. About 5.5 miles starting from the Mill Theatre car park 32A Mill Road, Sharnbrook Bedford, MK44 1NP (on the left shortly after leaving the A6 towards Sharnbrook) Visiting the Felmersham Nature reserve and the Pinchmill Islands. Leader Gerry 07902451123. A total of 10 turned out on a cold and very wet morning for a most enjoyable walk. We did the road section first up to the old windmill then headed through the nature reserve to Felmersham bridge. Following the river back to the Pinchmill Islands and then cross country back to the start. There was less mud than expected and we finished in bright sunshine having covered about 6 miles, slightly more than planned.
Monday 11 February – Meet 10.00am The Greyhound, 68 North End Road, Haynes, MK45 3QD. Haynes to Chicksands wood. We started at the Greyhound walking about 4 miles. Down to Apply corner into Chicksands wood, along good paths. On way back skirting the woods outside a little muddy but ok, and lovely views made up for this. Quite a number of undulating paths quite steep in places, no-one complained. A lovely walk and made a change from Rowney Warren. 14 +3 grandchildren turned up.
Sunday 17 February – St. Neots, 5/6 miles, walking towards Rivermill, Eaton Socon, following the River Ouse towards Little Barford, stop for refreshments at St. Denys redundant church, which may be open. Walk back to St. Neots via a slightly different route. Meet Riverside Car Park PE19 7SD at 10.00am. No parking charges on Sundays but check this on the day. LEADER – Linda T. 01480 350345/07733 343702.