Programme

Bedford Rambling Club 

Programme of walks and events.

Walking for the pleasure and enjoyment of the countryside.

Our walks are normally circular & start at 10.00 am. Monday walk leader is Bev 01234 768974 unless stated otherwise. Monday walks are normally about 2 hours 4-5 miles. Sunday walks are a bit longer at 5-6 miles.

We are always looking for new members & non members are welcome to join us.

Well behaved dogs, on a short lead are welcome, unless stated otherwise in the walk description. 

Please revisit this page regularly to check for updates or revisions.

Key:- Sunday walks  Monday walks Other BRC events  External events 

Link to Past Walks Programme 2019   Link to older walks Programmes.

AUGUST 2019

Thursday 22 August 7.00pm Mowsbury Park Car Park. Kimbolton road entrance. Bedford Summer evening walk by Barry Ingram (not a BRC walk but all welcome) View evening walk programme.

Sunday 25 August. TBA Sorry we don’t currently have a walk today. (Please contact Christine if you would like to offer to lead one)

Monday 26 August.  (Bank Holiday Monday) Three Fyshes, Bridge Street, Turvey, MK43 8ER. Where to?

September 2019

Sunday 1 September. Lidlington. Park near the old St. Margaret’s Church (now 3 private dwellings) in Church Street Lidlington. Nearest postcode MK43 0RJ. Approx. 4.5 miles. Please note the first third of the walk through the woods is very hilly, just a warning to anyone not comfortable with hill walking. Leaders Brenda  01767 640623 / 07934 240325 and Judith 01767 640782 / 07397 007101. 

Monday 2nd SEPTEMBER. Olney: Meet at recreation grounds MK46 4DW. This walk is approx. 4 miles, crossing meadows and on towards Clifton- Reynes, through village returning along the river to rec’. Drinks are at “The Two Brewers” on the High street just off the rec’. – Leader Joyce.

7th -15th September. Bedfordshire Walking Festival. Organised by Bedfordshire Ramblers.

BWF low resWith 9 days and over 50 walks and events planned. This will give you an opportunity to explore our surprising county.  See Full Programme  or visit the Walking Festival website.

Bedford Rambling Club is providing morning and afternoon walks on Sunday 8th as well as morning walks on Monday 9th and Sunday 15th September for inclusion in the Beds Walking Festival programme. We hope these walks will all be well supported by club members. We will be looking for volunteers to help on these walks and to man the Walking Festival information Tent at Priory Park on the Sunday 8th Sept.

Sunday 8 Sept  Day 2 of the 10th anniversary of the walking festival offers two led walks around a theme of 10 in Bedford by Bedford Rambling Club. Plus self guided options with leaflets provided. All walks start from the Walking Festival Hub Tent near the visitor centre Priory Country Park Barkers lane Bedford MK41 9RX. OS GR TL072 493. No Booking required. No charge for walks. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Parking free at Priory Country Park. Refreshments and toilets available before and after walks.

  • 10:00 am “Would John Bunyan have liked Balloons”. (A Beds Walking Festival walk) Priory Country Park Barkers lane Bedford MK41 9RX. This 10km, 10,000 steps, stile free, easy walking, circular takes you on a journey out of the park and back in time as it heads towards Cardington and visits John Bunyan’s birthplace before returning through Jubilee park to the start.
    Bring a snack as there will be a break during the walk.
    Leader:  Gill – 01234 210034 or 07814 851314 on the day.
  • 2:00 pm “Priory Park but perhaps not as you know it”. (A Beds Walking Festival walk) Priory Country Park Barkers lane Bedford MK41 9RX. A 2 hour pleasant easy walking circular visiting areas of the park you wouldn’t see by just walking around the lake and with at least 10 points of interest.
    Bring a snack as there will be a break during the walk.
    Leader:  David – 01234 218989 or 07729 882852 on the day.

Monday 9 September 10:00am  “How Many Bridges?” (A Beds Walking Festival walk) Starting from Sharnbrook Mill Theatre car park MK44 1NP
This 5.5 mile circular passes through the lovely Felmersham nature reserve with its tranquil lakes, a pretty village, and a section of the River Great Ouse before returning to the start. Leader  Gerry – 07902 451123

14th & 15th September. Greensands Ridge Challenge. 40 miles over 2 days. (A Beds Walking Festival event) 

Sunday 15 September 10:00am Outstanding Oakley & The Delights of the River Great Ouse. (A Beds Walking Festival walk) Starting from: Oakley, junction of Church lane and Ruff Furze MK43 7RP OS GR TL.008 532. This lovely 6 mile circular enjoys some scenic and peaceful sections of the River Great Ouse as it makes its way through picturesque villages and past historic houses. Easy walking, some uneven surfaces and can be muddy in parts.
Street parking near the start. Please be sympathetic to residents. Not accessible by public transport today. No toilets or refreshments on route. Bring a snack as there will be a break during the walk. No need to book. Leader:  John Dixon – 01234 824959 or 07944 379668

Monday 16th September. Three Fyshes, Bridge Street, Turvey MK43 8ER, walk around the Abbey grounds.

Sunday 22 September – Great Denham following the River Ouse to Queens Park/Kempston and back 5.5 miles. Meet Great Denham Golf Club, Carnostie Drive MK40 4FF at 10.00am. LEADER Sarah 01234 363112/07484 182820

Monday 23rd September. The Greyhound, 68 North End Road, Haynes MK45 3QD, walking around the woods.

Sunday 29 September – Langford Meadows and Stanford Lock, a pretty 6 mile walk following the River Ivel past lakes and onto Henlow Common and Langford Meadows, a local nature reserve. Meet two roads up from St, Mary’s Church, Henlow if coming in from the High Street, it’s called Gardeners Lane and has a car park at the end, post code SG16 6DJ at 10.00am LEADER – Sue C 07788954819. 

Monday 30th September. Ampthill Park, meet in the large car park off B530, Woburn Street, Ampthill, MK45 2GU, out to the church and maybe chestnuts, back to the park for coffee.

OCTOBER 2019

Sunday 6 October – RSPB Sandy, a walk of 4-5 miles in the bird sanctuary during early Autumn. Park in Market Place car park, High Street (opposite the Church) Sandy SG19 1AG at 10.00am. LEADER – Clare 01767 640965/07704 300426

Monday 7th October. The Royal George, Silver Street, Stevington MK43 7QP (car park entrance off Court Lane) This walk approx 4 miles, begins by walking towards Turvey but this time turns off before entering Pictshill estate and continues on crossing lovely meadows towards Pavenham and returning to Stevington along the river, past the church and back to the pub. – Leader Joyce.

Sunday 13 October – Buckden, a pleasant 5/6 mile walk through Buckden, open fields, woods and along the Ouse Valley Way. Park near Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, St. Neots, PE19 5TA at 10.00am. LEADER – Linda T 01480 350345/07733 343702.

Monday 14th October. Barton le Clay. The Clappers. Meet at Barton Mill MK45 4RF. Walking across meadows to Clappers, a much easier accent has been found which should please most of us. We can divide into two groups here, those who wish to see fabulous views can make an accent { still not too challenging } up to the top, while the other group can skirt around the hill { still very nice views} We will all meet up a little further on where our paths join to continue our walk together across more fields and meadows back to the Mill for refreshments. This walk approx. 5 miles. – Leader Joyce.

Sunday 20 October – Radwell, a pleasant circular walk of approximately 5 miles, in a variety of landscape settings including Pavenham Golf course and the River Ouse. Meet at 10.00am near Swan House in Radwell Road next to a small grassed area. MK44. LEADER – Sarah 01234 363112/07484 182820.

Monday 21st October. Harrold Country Park, Carlton Road, Harrold MK43 7DS, where to, maybe the church.

SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER – Club AGM (All welcome) 2.30-4.30 at Church Lane Community Centre, Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0PW (near Aldi store). Tea/coffee cakes will be provided. See Nomination Form for election of new Committee Members, please fill in the form and return to the Secretary or a Committee Member by Friday 18 October. Think about joining the Committee we only have one meeting a year plus the AGM. For any further information speak to a Committee Member.

Sunday 27 October – North Crawley, a mixture of arable and pasture farms and some points of historical interest trying to avoid ploughed fields (always a hazard in the Autumn). Park at The Cock Inn, 16 High Street, North Crawley, Bucks, MK16 9LH at 10.00am and perhaps go for a drink or even Sunday roast afterwards. LEADER – Sue G 01234 822760/07880 531517

Monday 28th October Old Warden, park at Village Hall, Old Warden, Biggleswade SG18 9HQ, walking up the hill.

NOVEMBER 2019

Sunday 3 November – Little Paxton Pits. Visitors centre car park. PE19 6ET. An interesting circular walk approx.5 miles around Little Paxton nature reserve. Tea & coffee served at the Visitor Centre. Leaders Paul & Denise. Phone no 01525 630218/mobile no 07716892449.

Monday 4th November. The Cock, High Street, Pavenham MK43 7NJ, walk from here.

Sunday 10 November – A ramble of about 6 miles from the Harrold Odell Country Park in support of the Beds. Prostate Cancer Support Group, a local charity providing information and support to men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, which is the most common cancer affecting men. Donations gratefully received on the day or a cheque made payable to “Beds Prostate Cancer Support Group” may be sent to John Dixon, (a committee member of the group) at 30 Hunts Path, Oakley, Bedford, MK43 7SR. Please give what you can in support of this worthwhile cause. It is proposed to call into the cafe at the end of the walk for light refreshments. Meet at St. Peter’s Church, De Parys Avenue, Bedford at 9.30 a.m. or at Harrold Odell Country Park at 10.00 a.m – LEADER John Dixon 01234 824959/07944 379668

Monday 11th November. The Anchor, High Street, Great Barford MK44 3LF, which way? Depends on the weather.

Sunday 17th November. Three Locks, Stoke Hammond. Meet at the Three Locks Picnic area Car Park near the Three Locks Inn, the postcode is MK17 9DD to leave at 10.00am. (Please give yourself enough time to get there) About 6 miles along the Grand Union Canal, across country to Gt Brickhill then back via Rushmere Country park and another section of the canal. Leader Gerry 07902451123.

Monday 18th November.The Chequers, Hall End Road, Wootton MK43 9HP, gentle amble.

Sunday 24 November – TBA Sorry we don’t currently have a walk today. (Please contact Christine if you would like to offer to lead one)

Monday 25th November.The Cross Keys, 2 Tithe Road, Wood End Lane, Kempston MK43 9BE, up to the woods?

DECEMBER 2019

Sunday 1 December – TBA Sorry we don’t currently have a walk today. (Please contact Christine if you would like to offer to lead one)

Monday 2nd December. The Cross Keys, 159 High Street, Cranfield MK43 0JB, to the thrift.

Sunday 8 December PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH – Blunham, a short walk prior to the lunch at Brenda ‘s, 117 High Street, Blunham MK44 3NW. Bring a bowl, plate and spoon plus £3.00 contribution to food. LEADER – Brenda 01767 640623/07934 240325.

Monday 9th December. The Chequers, Ampthill Road, Houghton Conquest MK45 3JP, to the park.

Sunday 15 December – TBA Sorry we don’t currently have a walk today. (Please contact Christine if you would like to offer to lead one)

Monday 16th December. CHRISTMAS DINNER – Venue to be announced.

Sunday 22 December – TBA Sorry we don’t currently have a walk today. (Please contact Christine if you would like to offer to lead one)

Monday 23rd December. Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9RX, walk around the park.

Sunday 29 December – Ravensden, Renhold and Mowsbury. A festive walk from Wentworth Drive, Bedford. Park between the Church Lane and Dover Crescent junctions in the small side road (first left off Dover Crescent) which runs along side and parallel to Wentworth Drive (signed Wentworth Drive – leading to Dunster Gardens). Nearest postcode MK41 8QF at 10.00am. You are all invited back for homemade mince pies, sausage rolls and beverages after (just up the road). LEADER – Maureen 07562 338830

Monday 30th December. “HAPPY NEW YEAR” see you all next week.

******2020 Events ******

30th MARCH TO 2nd APRIL 2020. CLUB HOLIDAY TO RYE, EAST SUSSEX

A Club walking holiday is being organised to Rye in Sussex. For further information and booking details see Social events  or view printable PDF file.