Photos - Group Walks

WHACKO - Thurs 18 April 2019

Leader: Roger Skerman 21 walkers, 15 miles Very foggy at the start, so no views from Ampthill Park and it was impossible to see Houghton House from the Greensand Ridge path - but the sun soon burned through and it became a wonderful sunny day. Bluebells in the woods, plenty of sunshine, lovely…

Locks, Crocks and a Few Soaks in Apparels - Thurs 4 April 2019

Leader: Colin Stoneman 17 walkers Locks, Crocks and a Few Soaks in Apparels - Colin's take on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It was a bit cold and windy all day and we certainly got a soaking in the afternoon.Colin cut the walk a bit short, we skipped the afternoon break and returned in good…

FFF Fetch a Cloth - Thurs 21st March 2019

Mary's walk, led by Super Sub DFH as Mary was busy unpacking boxes in her new home.  !4 walkers, 14 miles from Pattishall  through lots of interesting countryside and lovely old stone villages, including sections of the Knightley Way, the Macmillan Way and the Grand Union Canal. A great surprise…

London A-Z - Sun 17th March 2019

Leader: Gill Bunker Merrian's photos are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157690444998883 and from DFH: photos

Two Loops out of Three - Thurs 7th March 2019

Leader: Peter Simon Despite a howling wind and forecasts of a wet afternoon, nineteen BBN members showed up at Toddington on Thursday, 7 March, for a fifteen-mile walk.  The route followed the Chalgrave Heritage Walk in a clockwise direction to Tebworth via Wingfield, and then continued to lunch at…

From Two Saints to A Laud - Thurs 21st Feb 2019

Leader: Eric Cartwright 29 walkers A bumper crowd, a good forecast and a great day walking from Cranfield (St Peter & St Paul).We didn't get to a Laud (Sherington) - Eric reckoned it was a tad too far, but we did get to Chicheley and an extremely friendly welcome at the Chester Arms. It was very…

Towers & Bowers - Thurs 7th Feb 2019

Leader: Geoff Curnock 14 walkers, 15½ miles A very cold and windy morning, a fair bit of mud, lots of kites spotted overhead, a lovely sunny afternoon. Thrapston and the River Nene, the Nene Way, Jim told us the story of the old railway viaduct and the boat moored under the road bridge.  The muddy…

Loopy from Harlington - Thurs 24th Jan 2019

Leader: Sara Waldron A good day out with Sara - two loops from Harlington - after nearly 30 years of SS events from Barton Sara took us on paths many of us had not walked before -  31 walkers, so plenty of folk to have a chat with - it was a bit misty most of the day and there was some mud in the…

Three Spires in Three Shires - Thurs 10th Jan 2019

Leader: Roy Carter Photos from M and DFH of Roy's walk from Riseley. What a great name for a BBN walk! M's photos and a scan of the route :  https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157677625764918 and DFH's photos: photos

The Three Kings - Sun 6 January 2019 - Walk and Meal

Leader: Therese Jamin Celebrating Three Kings' Day - the three wise men from the Orient, the Magi, visited the manger of baby Jesus in Bethlehem and offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh Some photos from Daniel: photos    

Christmas Amble -Thurs 27th December 2018

Leader: Phil Hastings A total of 20 people and a Gromit turned out for a leisurely post-Christmas amble of 11 miles from Radwell Meadows just outside Baldock. Some tracks were a bit muddy but overall underfoot was not too bad and the weather was pleasant for walking. Thanks to Roy Carter for…

Oranges & Lemons Sunday 23rd December 2018

Leader: Terry Brown The walk was a real success thanks to all the preparation and research Terry had done! All 21 of us had a great time discovering parts of the capital we don't normally see. Some of the churches were well hidden!  Therese It was a very enjoyable interesting day .....Terry had…

Christmas at Wetherspoons - Thursday 20th December 2018

Leader: DFH Our traditional pre-Christmas jaunt to a local Spoons - this year The Cordwainer, Northampton. Another Thursday of lovely sunshine, with just a sharp shower towards the end of the walk. Dave timed our arrival at Spoons perfectly, early enough for there to be plenty of room for everyone…

Holly Hobble - Sunday 16th December 2018

A lovely sunny day for our seasonal stroll through the North Bucks countryside.  Shame Santa could not walk with us, but there he was at all the churches to lead the carol singing, with a lot of bell ringing and a rousing Ho Ho Ho. Thanks to Santa for organising the day, M for the festive treats,…

Roger's Pop Up Surprise - Thurs 13th December 2018

A cold and frosty morning that turned into a lovely sunny day - a wonderful day for Roger's Surprise Walk which took us from Ampthill Park through Greensand Ridge countryside to Haynes and back. Thank you Roger for putting on a walk for us at short notice.  It was a great day out in lovely…

Stanton Low to Stoke Goldington - Thurs 29th November 2018

Leader: DFH Nearly everyone togged up in full weather gear but were overdressed.  A few smart folk read a later forecast and were far more suitably dressed.  Matthew was in shorts! There were lots of stops for people  to remove layers, and that was before we got to Newport Pagnell.  The sun came…

AGM Walk - Sun 25th Nov 2018

  Map of the route

Sundon Saunter - Sun 17th Nov 2018 - Harlington CP

Sundon Sundon Saunter - Harlington Checkpoint photos  

Off to Find Buckingham - Thurs 15th Nov 2018

Leader: DFH 23 walkers 16 miles Dave, standing in for Chris Bent, took us for an enjoyable day's walking in the North Bucks/'Northants countryside. And we did find Buckingham!  We spied the church in the distance as we walked towards Maids Moreton. M's photos from the recce…

Timberland Trail - 1st Nov 2018

Leader: Linda Marsh 30 walkers, 15 miles A walk of the Marston Vale Timberland Trail. It was a dismal day - but that was just the weather not the walkers! Its a good route through some lovely countryside, and it was such a shame to walk in the rain and mist.  I vote this one goes on the programme…

Sundon Saunter Marshals' Walk - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Photos from the 18 mile marshals' walk - it turned into a lovely day with great views, and we all agreed it is a good route. Hope the walkers on the day enjoy it as much as we did! M's photos and map https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157699707497092 Jackie Burnett's photos photos

Copse Chase But Only After Olney - Thursday 18th October 2018

Leader: Mick Smith Walkers: Lots!   28 or 29? Excellent start with the village hall toilets available - the photos on the wall of the Ladies made us laugh. 9 miles to Olney in sunshine, then a leisurely lunch with time for a bit of market shopping - a new scarf here, some onion sets there  ......…

Not Gliding, Just Walking - Thurs 4th October 2018

Leader: Therese Jamin 17 miles, 15 walkers Early mist over the Chilterns, but it soon turned into a gorgeous day.. Wonderful sunshine, lovely countryside, Autumn colours, splendid views. A great day's walking, thank you Therese. Map and photos from DFH

Let's Find the Planes - Thurs 20th Sept 2018

Leaders: Mary Knight and Gill Bunker 9 walkers, 16 miles Standing in for Chris and unable to recce beforehand, with the help of Mary's GPS and some local knowledge from Eric we managed to find our way round. "It was all good except when it wasn't" someone commented at the end.We got slightly damp…

North Bedfordshire Wolds - Sun 9th September 2018

Leader: Roy Carter - the walk was part of the Beds Walking Festival. Photos from Wahid:  We had a great walk (as usual) led by Roy. The blackberries  were particularly abundant and tasty!  photos

Last of the Summer ? - Thurs 6th September 2018

Leader: Geoff Curnock 17 people had an enjoyable walk from Summer Leys Nature Reserve to Earls Barton. Merrian's photos and map of the route: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157701042725475 Geoff's photos: photos

A Wing & A Prayer - Thurs 23rd August 2018

Leader: Adrian Moody 16 miles, 22 walkers We'll wing it on the day and pray it works ok - it did, and we all had a great day out in the Northamptonshire countryside! Steve's photos: www.steveceegalleries.smugmug.com Merrian's photos (and partial map) are here:…

Brewery Walk - Sat 18 August 2018

Leader: John Davies 12 miles, 10 walkers Lots of new footwear on show today for our walk in the hills and visit to the Chiltern Brewery. A loop around Wendover, then a climb up Coombe Hill for a mid-morning break, sheltering from the wind, with hazy views, and looking across to Chequers - which we…

Bash it! Beat it! All Bound from Barton! - Thurs 9 Aug 2018

Leader: Dee Brockway 16.93 miles, 28 walkers and Charlie. The Sweat from the Met had to come to an end one day - and it was today! The photos from DFH tell the story:  photos

Another Stroll from Shefford - Thurs 26 July 2018

Leader: Terry Brown 14/15 miles Mad dogs and BBN .......  24 walkers, and there was Terry thinking no-one would turn up for a walk on what was forecast to be the hottest day of year so far!  . It did get very hot - up to 34o in the afternoon, but Terry shortened her planned walk and threw in extra…

Stepping out to Stoke Bruerne - Sat 21 July 2018

Leader: Gill Bunker 20 miles, 7 walkers (till mid morning break, then 6) Merrian's photos from the recce two days before, plus route map up to when her gps battery died:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157699241063655 And one from the day - another hot one - enjoying a…

3 Pubs & A Brewery - Sat 14 July 2018

Leader: Dave Yorston 4 walkers joined Dave for a gentle 12 mile walk over the Chiltern Hills, visiting 3  pubs and finishing at Malt The Brewery in  Prestwood. Dave and Merrian's photos and map of the route:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157693318976220

Roger's Birthday Walk - Thurs 12 July 2018

Leader: Roger Skerman 17 miles, 26 walkers Another celebratory stroll from Ampthill Park.  Lovely day, great countryside, new paths, cake from Roger and birthday girl Terry, lunch stop at The Albion. Enjoyed by all. A good day's walk, thank you Roger. Merrian's photos (and map) are here…

McBride, Meads & Johnson - Thurs 28 June 2018

Leader: DFH 15 miles  19 walkers McBride, Meads and Johnson - Dave set us a puzzle to tackle!   Where were we going?We tried to get the point, but we were no further forward. We kicked off, ruck-sacks full, too late for a Haka. It was so hot, there was a bit of scrum at the half time pub. There…

Stomping to Fenny - Sun 24 June 2018

Leader: Sylvie Norris 4 walkers, 15 miles Stomping to Fenny with Eamsea. 3 turned up, better than none before. So 4 of us hit the trail. Great walk Eamsea sorry I wimped out before the end. Steve photos

A Splendid Meeting - Thurs 14 June 2018

Leader: Colin Stoneman 16 miles Photos from Merrian are here https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157692216493200 and DFH photos and photos from Wahid photos

A Bound Around Ashridge - Thurs 31st May 2018

Leaders: Sara Waldron and Neil Edmonds Merrian's photos are here https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157669638301208 and here are Dave's: photos

A Lap of Northern Bedford - Thurs 17 May 2018

Leader: Wahid Khan 19 miles, 12 walkers and Gromit What a wonderful day for our walk around Bedford with Wahid.  The countryside looked lovely in the sunshine with dry paths winding through woods and round  fields, and the may in blossom, cow parsley and the last of the bluebells. From Priory Park…

Morecambe & Brown - Thurs 3 May 2018

Leader: Peter Simon Thirteen humans and one dog turned up at Wheathampstead to walk a circuit of 15 miles via Peters Green, the southern boundary fence of Luton Airport and the Upper Lea Valley Way through Harpenden. The weather was bright and warm.  Lunch was eaten at the 15th century ruin of…

Could Be Frosty Near May - Sun 29 April 2018

Social walk, Sunday, 29 April - Could Be Frosty Near May Comments and photos from Therese Jamin 10 walkers on a very enjoyable day - cold and wet in the morning but no "proper rain". We appreciated the beautiful spring colours with varying shades of green. The bluebells were at their best, making a…

A Motte, a Maiden & a Cathedral - Thurs 19 April 2018

Leader: DFH (standing in for Geoff Hancock) 19 walkers, 15 miles A hot, hot day in the Chilterns.  From the Knolls (Totternhoe Castle) with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside, we followed the Totternhoe and Sewell Greenways (former railway line) to the outskirts of Dunstable.  A climb…

A Little and Long Walk - Sat 14 April 2018

Leader: Gill Bunker 19.3 miles, 14 walkers Little and Long became just Long as taking in Little Linford would have meant paddling.  There was still a lot of water about, but we did get to Long Street.  People seemed to come and go, well mainly go.  Two left early as arranged,  whilst half the group…

Wetlands and Waistlines - Thurs 5th April 2018

Leader: Bob Stafford 24 walkers, 16 miles This walk certainly lived up to its name - the Wetlands of the Nene valley - a very watery walk in places.  Do look at Dave's photos! We started along the former railway line between lakes, with a short break at the very impressive new Rushden Lakes with…

Magical Mystery Tour - Thurs 22nd March 2018

Leader: Martin Lawson 23 walkers, 17 miles Hartwell, northwards, over the M1, and on to Piddington. Odd name, we thought. Where did that come from? See  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piddington%2C_Northamptonshire and http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Piddington Mid-morning stop at the circular…

Frog Band Tour - Thursday 8th March 2018

Leader: Steve McMorrow 16 miles, 27 walkers Well, the email didn't work - we all turned up to walk in the mud with Steve.  A very cold and windy car park saw walkers huddled in a trolley bay for shelter.  A visit to the Frog Band and Howe Park Wood, then along the North Bucks Way (we didn't realise…

WWW - Virtually an Internet Walk? Thursday 22nd February 2018

Leader: Adrian Moody16 miles, 20 walkers It looks like The Scribe has been coaxed out of temporary retirement for a further review of a Thursday walk, or was it because Gill can`t remember what went on between the start and finish ? and that`s without a pint of Waddle Goose cider !   A virtual…

Pop Up: Messing about at Marston - Thursday 15th Feb 2018

Leader: Adrian Moody14 walkers. Our second pop-up walk, courtesy of Adrian. Starting at The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine, slightly shorter today, 12½ miles in total and another figure of eight, which seem to be popular. Both routes were from one of Adrian`s sunday clubs, the Ise Valley…

West-East Rail - Thursday 8th February 2018

Leader: Mike Bowley 20 walkers enjoyed a good day out with Mike, catching the train from Bow Brickhill to Lidlington and then walking back. The conductor was amazed to see so many passengers getting on his train and then bemused by the number of ticket he had to issue.  Luckily Mike had the money…

Two Counties Radius - Sat 3rd Feb 2018

 Leader: Therese Jamin Sat was very wet and muddy/slippery but I think was enjoyed by all. 16 people were at the start - 3 left at lunchtime having done 9.5 miles. After lunch, sheltered in our cars, the pub or the supermarket cafeteria 13 of us started off with a choice of doing another 8 miles or…

Around the Abbey - Sun 21st Jan 2018

Leader: Linda Marsh 13 walkers In view of the rain in the past few days and the weather forecast for the day - sleet and rain - Linda made the welcome decision to avoid the mud and to take us to the Abbey in better weather. Instead she took us on a walk around Caldecotte Lake, the Ouzel Valley,…

Pop Up Great Linford - Thurs 18 Jan 2018

Leader: Gill Bunker Going Loopy from Linford - 22 walkers - 14.5 miles BBN's first  Pop Up Walk -  surprisingly the sun shone all day - I hope you all enjoyed the walk.  Here's to the next one! DFH's photos: photos

Studham Stumble - Thursday 11 Jan 2018

 Leader: John Davies 18 walkers, 15.5 miles A misty murky day in the Chilterns - so not many photos - but it didn't spoil our walk. Thank you John. Cakes from the Birthday Girl and a very warm welcome from The Red Lion at Studham cheered us on our way. DFH's photos photos

No Trains or Planes - Thurs 28 Dec 2017

 Leader: Jim Robinson 15 miles, 15 walkers No trains or planes .....but there was a,lot of  snow.  Walking in a Winter Wonderland -  you'll see from Dave's photos that the sun shone all day and the rolling Northamptonshire hills looked stunning under a coating of snow. Draughton Crossing on the…

Santa’s Ultimate Sundae - Sun 17 Dec 2017

I've corrected my mistake following a missive from M: "....... people like me making a fuss about words when you've got plenty of  better things to do with your time .....  the pub only had keg beer, (no cask beer). Not the other way round.  I know it's just words  but we haven't gone to the dark…

Christmas at Spoons - Thurs 14 December

 Leader: Dave Findel-Hawkins 16 on walk in morning and 16 in afternoon.  Jake did just am and Di just pm. Merrian & Brian came for lunch.   For this year's Thursday Walks Christmas Celebration BBN visited the new Wetherspoons at Bletchley - Captain Ridley's Shooting Party'   Bletchley is best known…

No! No! No! Not the Santa Walk - Sun 10 December 2017

Santa's Ultimate Sundae  Well what a fantastic Xmas walk that was! Full of ho ho ho, much jollity and laughter amongst our BBN friends and a bright beautiful crisp December morning. Then my alarm went off! I pulled back the curtains, looked at the snow snow snow and thought “This is going to…

Chilterns in Winter - Thurs 30 Nov 2017

Leader: John Davies 18 walkers, about 16 miles A lovely sunny day, but oh so cold as we left Cholesbury. Lots of woolly hats, but worn with sunglasses. The Chilterns looked stunning  - the beechwoods in the winter sunshine and those beautiful chalk valleys.  Our lunch stop was Spoons in Berkhamsted…

Pre-AGM Walk - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Leader: Gill Bunker 21 walkers A lovely sunny morning and a 8 mile walk from Cosgrove using the disused Buckingham Arm canal, the River Ouse and the Grand Union Canal, returning for lunch at the Barley Mow and then the AGM. Some photos from Merrian…

Henry VIII's Granny - Thurs 16 November 2017

Leader: Dianne Sutton 31 walkers and about 13 miles. Note from Colin Stoneman:We came across a strange VR road sign on Di's walk. Whilst in Towcester today I popped into the museum to see if they could explain it. According to them it is a Telegraph Marker Junction Sign. A quick look on Google and…

Margaret's Birthday Walk - Thurs 2nd Nov 2017

Leaders: Roger and Margaret Skerman 30 walkers plus Charlie, 17 miles Greensand Ridge - Sandy - River Ivel and the Kingfisher Way - morning break with birthday cake by the river at Blunham - Sandy - Everton - lunch break at Potton - Sutton - returning through the leafy paths of Sandy Heath. A very…

Autumn Colours - Saturday 21 October 2017

Leaders: Gill Bunker and Linda Marsh, walking the MK Parks Trust 25 Mile Challenge through the woods and parkland of Milton Keynes. 19 walkers Thank you to Linda for the historical background, and to  Milton Keynes itself for providing so many surprises for folk who previously only knew it from the…

Ouse That? - Thurs 19th October 2017

  Leader: Roy Carter It didn't rain, like the forecast! 25 on walk, 17 miles DFH's photos  photos

John Nickerson Memorial Walk - Sun 15th October 2017

There was a huge turnout on last Sunday's walk from members of the BBN, Essex & Herts and Thames Valley groups. The unseaonably warm and sunny weather made for a near-perfect day.  I don't know if anyone kept count, but my best guess would be that around 90 people showed up.  If someone has an…

Best Bits from Barton - Sun 8th October 2017

Leader: Dee Brockway   17.5 happy walkers (Lucy only joined us at lunchtime!) and 2 dogs, Charlie  and Gromit, (that's a total of 43 legs!) enjoyed glorious weather on this 19.7  (according to the GPS police) walk. The clear, bright day allowed us all to marvel at the wonderful views from Barton,…

Marston Meander - Thurs 5th October 2017

Leader: Derek Jacob 26 walkers + 2 dogs Another enjoyable day meandering with Jake, from the Forest Centre to Ridgmont and back.  Sunny, and it got very warm at times.Great to see M at the lunchtime pub. DFH photos photos

Glenn's Twin? Wood You Believe It? - Thurs 21 Sep 2017

Glenn's Twin? Wood You Believe It? Leader: Adrian Moody 19 walkers, 15 miles A very enjoyable day making a circuit of Bedford - the River Ouse - River Valley Park - Putnoe Woods - Twinwood Airfield - Bedford Park - back along the river. Twinwood Airfield was a WWII training airfield. During the war…

Not Rest at Wrest - Thurs 7 Sept 2017

Not Rest at Wrest Leader: Roger Skerman  16 walkers A big thank you to Roger for stepping in for Sara and taking us on a great day out from Ampthill  via the Greensand Ridge, Ridgmont, Woburn Park, Eversholt and the Ampthill woods.  DFH's photos of a most enjoyable day. Photos

Single to Grafton Regis - Thurs 10 Aug 2017

Leader: Mike Bowley 21 walkers. A bus ride  to Grafton Regis, then a very enjoyable walk  on a sunny day - back via Alderton, Yardley Gobion, Pottersbury and Furtho (including a visit to the dovecote and church), with a lunch stop at Cosgrove, The afternoon took us by canal, river and brook back to…

Cream Tea Trot - Sat 29 July 2017

Another great day out in the Chilterns with the Chairman.13 walkers plus 3  more for the scones photos

Five Tons -Thurs 21 July 2017

Leader: Roy Carter    15 walkers.  A good day out in Northamptonshire with lots to see, and the rain held off until the afternoon. A toast to M who was unable to join us: photo   DFH collected the "tons", pubs and an elephant:   photos    plus a few phoitos of the walkers: photos

Corby - Sat 15 July 2017

Leader: Wayne Rowlett A Walk Around Corby - 34 miles Photos

Albino 3 - Thurs 13 July 2017

Leader: Roger Skerman 24 different walkers (figure of 8 walk)  16.5 miles Roger's birthday walk - a super day out from Ampthill Park , the Greensand Ridge, great views, shaded woodland, open country, and another visit to The Albion - the pub that invites you to bring your own food. Good to be…

Travelling Again - Thurs 29 June 2017

Leader: Dianne Sutton 17 walkers, about 12 miles Stony Stratford - Calverton - gargoyles and Travellers' graves - Passenham - Deanshanger - Potterspury - Furtho - Cosgrove - Stony Stratford We seemed to pack a lot of places in - it was a very interesting walk with lots of local information and…

Here 'n' There - Thurs 15 June 2017

 Leader: Alan Leadbetter 14 walkers, 16+ miles. Alan took us on some of the route for next year's From Here to There challenge - a  very enjoyable day out in the Northants countryside. Thank you Alan. Merrian's photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157685093744445 Wahid's…

Woburn, Potsgrove, Eversholt - Sun 4 June 2017

Leader: Linda Marsh 15 walkers, 16 miles Another sunny day in the Woburn hills - the woods looked lovely -  it clouded over  a bit in the afternoon.  Great to welcome Andy and Louise.  Lots of new paths (even to us locals).  A very enjoyable day Linda, thank you. Photos

Trains, Boats & Planes- Thurs 31 May 2017

 Leader: Bob Safford 17 walkers, 16 miles A great day out in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside. Lots of sunshine, attractive villages and hamlets, country estates and a super pub garden. The plum cider was extremely popular. Brampton Valley Way - Spratton  - Holdenby - alongside Althorpe…

North Yorks Moors 100 - Martin's 20th + BBN CP, Rosedale

  Merrian's photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157681588977643

Behold a Giant - Thurs 18 May 2017

Leader: Jim Robinson Merrian's photos:  We had a good day, lots of information from Jim, 16 on the walk.https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157680961078423 

Loopy in Rushmere - Sat 13 May 2017

Leader: Peter Engledow 10 walkers Very enjoyable walk going Loopy in Rushmere with Peter - lovely countryside, lots of bluebells, gorse, ice creams. A great day out, thank you Peter. Photos

Dave & Lynn's Regtirement Walk - Fri 5 May 2017

 Leader: Dave Yorston 15 miles 14 walkers (10 in the afternoon) A fabulous day out in the Chilterns  - sunshine, bluebells, beer at  Malt the Brewery.   Dave led a great walk and pulled the pints at lunchtime. The start of another BBN tradition?  Martin carried his own bridge, surf board, rucksack…

Breaking the Brickhills - Sunday 23 April 2017

 Leaders: Sylvie Eames and Norman Smith 14 walkers. about 12.5 miles.  A super day out with Sylvie and Norman - Caldecotte Lake - Bow Brickhill - Little Brickhill - Great Brickhill - lunch by the Grand Union Canal - Waterhall Park.  Lovely countryside, lots of sunshine, great company and  lot of…

In Search of the Black Gelding - Thursday 20th April 2017

Leader: Steve McMorrow (for Colin Burnett) 23 walkers, 16 miles An interesting day out in a less walked area. The weather couldn't really make its mind up- there was a bit of mizzle as we started and the views were a bit misty, but it cleared up and the sun came out in the afternoon.  Winslow - old…

The Hobbit - Thursday 6th April 2017

Leader: Roger Skerman 23 walkers, 15 miles A gloriously sunny day in the Chilterns, lovely countryside and great views from the hills.   Merrian won "Why the Hobbit?" as we went from Bison Hill to Ivinghoe Beacon but sadly the pub was closed so no winner's pint or half pint. (It was too clever for…

Secret Elephant Walk - Thursday 23rd March 2017

  Leaders: Colin Stoneman and Steve McMorrow 32 (33 in the afternoon) enjoyed Colin and Steve's walk from Salcey Forest via Tathall End, Linford Wood, Hanslope and Hartwell. A bit of mud, lots of sunshine and plenty of interesting information about the places we visited. Secret Elephant:"Secret" as…

Santa(s) (i)Pod - Thursday 9 March 2017

  Santa(s) (i)Pod – 290 days to Xmas -  (Look at the photos!) Leader: Nitro Man - Adrian Moody - 64 quarter miles from Bozeat 16.5 miles 29 walkers Bozeat - the Unilever Estate - Sharnbrook - Odell - Country Park - Harrold.  A lovely day for walking, lots of sunshine and undulating…

Three Locks Meander - Thursday 23rd February 2017

Leader: Geoff Hancock 12 walkers plus the leader - plus Storm Doris A great day out with Geoff - his first walk for the group. Three Locks - canal - Old Linslade - across the fields for a morning break at Soulbury Church - back towards the canal, then uphill to Great Brickhill for the lunchbreak.…

Ambling the Ouse to Olney - Sat 18th February 2017

 Leader: Gill Bunker  17 walkers, 19.5miles Newport Pagnell - River Ouse - Linford Wood - Gayhurst House - Tyringham - Three Shires Way - Emberton Park - Olney - Petsoe End - Sherington - Lathbury - Newport PagnellMerrian's photos from the recce…

From Brickfields to Country Park - Thursday 9th February

Leader: Roy Carter 25 walkers, 16 miles Roy took us back in time to the Brickfields of the Marston Vale. Walking through the Country Park of today it was hard to imagine what the area was like when the biggest brickworks of the country were here, though coming from Bedford I can well remember all…

In search of the County Boundary - Saturday 4th Feb 2017

Leader: Mary Knight 12 walkers enjoyed a super day out with Mary - Chackmore - Stowe - Ouse Valley Way/Palladian Way - Biddlesden - Whitfield - lunch in the garden of the Stratton Arms at Turweston - the airfield - back to Stowe for a late afrernoon break - finishing near the Corinthian Arch.  We…

Two Mills Link - Thurs 26 Jan 2017

Leader: Derek Jacob 28 walkers - Wootton - Stagsden - lunch at Bromham -at the Mill or the Swan - back via the Ouse - Great Denham - Kempston Mill - Wootton    15.5 miles. A very enjoyable day's walk, thank you Jake.     Walkers at Bromham Mill   photo Some of Wahid's photos - more on our Facebook…

Nene Way/Barnwell - Thurs 12 Jan 2017

Nene Way to Barnwell and a Sandwich Hunt Leader: Geoff Curnock 10 intrepid walkers - tho' the weather was not as bad as forecast - no snow! A very enjoyable day - the sun came out briefly at Wadenhoe for our mid-morning break and there was a  bit of drizzle in the afternoon, but nothing worse when…

New Year Lunch Walk - Sun 8 Jan 2017

 Leader: Steve Smith  "8 miles round Little Paxton Nature Reserve. 17 turned up for walk and 14 stayed for meal. Beautifully crisp morning and clear blue sky. Saw a  couple of herons on the lakes. Lovely mid morning stop.  Delicious food in newly refurbished pub which will be doing good business if…

Year End Stroll - Thurs 29 Dec 2016

  Leader: Gordon Shaughnessy    (Afternoon:Peter Simon)   19 walkers.   Happy Birthday Colin. What a super day for BBN's last jaunt of the year - a 15 mile figure of 8 walk from Redbourne - the sun shone all day - the frosted  countryside looked lovely -  it was great to be out walking with…

Risdene Railway Romp – Where’s Rudolph? Thursday 15th December 2016

Leader: Adrian Moody Rushden and round about, singing with Terry and lunch at Wetherspoons. Thank you Adrian. Photos Dave's photos photos See Merrian's map of Rudolph's Romp round Rushden and her embellishment showing Ian Bunker's alternative lunch venue - so glad he wasn't on his bike!    

Tinsel at Towcester - Sunday 11th December 2016

 Leader: Santa A very enjoyable day out with Santa with sunshine, carol singing, mince pies and mulled wine.     Link to Steve's photos www.steveceegalleries.smugmug.com Towcester - Bradden - Weedon Lois - Wappenham - Abthorpe - Towcester 23 walkers  Photos

Milton Keynes Monopoly Walk : Pt 2 Thursday 1st December 2016

Leaders: DFH (am) Brian Graves (pm) 22 walkers A very enjoyable day out in the December sunshine - the morning through Brickhill Woods and the afternoon bagging more properties on the MK Monopoly Board. Thank you to Dave for leading the morning section, and it was great to have Brian leading us…

Another Bit of Cross Bucks - Thursday 17th November 2016

 Leader: Jim Morrison 18 walkers (12 in the afternoon)  15.4 miles  Winslow - Addington - Verney Junction - back to Winslow for lunch - Swanbourne - Mary's lost her cap in the wind - and back to the cars.  Criss crossed two disused railway lines.    Our second section of the Cross Bucks Way…

A Little Bit of Bully - Thursday 3rd November 2016

Leader: Roger Skerman A Little Bit of Bully - from the Bull at Wheathampstead to the Bull at Whitwell.via Kimpton. 16 walkers plus Charlie.  Happy Birthday Margaret. Lots of lovely open countryside and attractive villages. Another great Thursday.  Thank you Roger and Margaret for a very enjoyable…

Doc Marten's Area - Thursday 20th October 2016

Leader: Roy Carter 19 walkers.  Another lovely Autumn day, lots of sunshine and a really interesting walk. We learned some of the history of Dr Martens boots - the original Dr Marten himself in Germany - the air-cushioned sole - their arrival in England and Wollaston - the naming of the boot 1460…

A Collection of Nature Reserves - Sun 9th October 2016

 Leader: Therese Jamin The walk went well. very good weather and good attendance; 15 walkers and 1 dog in the morning. 13 plus dog in the afternoon. Therese's photos: photos 

Underground, Overground - Thursday 6th Oct 2016

Leader: Bob Safford 17 walkers, 18 miles.  Draughton Crossing - along the disused railway line  - part of the Northampton to Market Harborough Line - now the Brampton Valley Way -  lots of interesting features - wooden and ceramic markers, seats – excitement as we got our torches ready - …

The Travellers' Graves Walk aka The Great Fire of Stony Stratford - Thursday 22nd Sept 2016

Leader: Dianne Sutton 18 walkers, including Brian G who joined us for the morning. 14-15 miles. Bit of mizzle drizzle in the morning, but lovely and sunny from lunchtime onwards.We didn't get to the Travellers' Graves as the footpath Dianne intended to use is closed  for the duration of building…

Chiltern Views and Woods - Thursday 8 September 2016

Leader: John Esslemont 15 on the walk, Carol and Charles from Thames Valley (as well as John, of course).  M's gps clocked 16.5 miles. Two sets of photos:  M's Flickr link  https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157673595119855 and DFH's photos: photos 

Queen's Oak and Slithy Tove - Sunday 4 September 2016

 Leader: Gill Bunker Wolverton Mill - Cosgrove - Yardley Gobion - the Queen's Oak - Alderton - River Tove - Stoke Bruerne - excitement at locked locks and sunken boat - canal - Tove -  pilates lesson - Castlethorpe - Tove - bull - Cosgrove 10 walkers, thank you all for being such good company and…

A Shorter Wildflower Wander - Thursday 25 August 2017

 Leader: Dave Sedgley A lovely walk on beautiful sunny day with great views from the Sundon Hills.  18 walkers.  Good to meet Carol and Kerry.Lots of wild flowers in the chalk hills - Rosebay Willow Herb, Autumn Gentian, Harebells, Scabious, lots of Twayblade Orchids which had just finished…

Summer at Wetherspoons - Thursday 11 Aug 2016

Leader: DFH M's photos from the recce https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157671325889501 and the walk https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157671205589910 24 walkers in the morning, 25 in the afternoon, plus Gordon joined us at lunchtime. A lovely summer day, super…

Chairman's Cream Tea Trot - Sat 6 August 2016

Leader: Noman Corrin A lovely sunny day with great views.  14 walkers plus Charlie, 12 in the afternoon.  Delicious scones at lunchtime - another new BBN tradition to be enjoyed again in the future!  It got hot, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the day, Thank You, Norm  Photos

Fares Please! - Thursday 28th July 2016

Leader: Mike Bowley All went well. Train on time. 22 on walk. Little rain which came heavy only when in the pub. Timing was perfect for the 3.30 finish. Nobody told me if the mileage was over or under 15.Mike Dave's photos photos and the link to Merrian's photos and map  …

The Albino Walk 2 - Sunday 14th July 2016

Leaders: Roger & Margaret Skerman Merrian's map and photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/sets/72157670995914846

Greensand Ridge in a Day - Sunday 10 July 2016

Walking the Greensand Ridge in a Day - 10th July 2016 Jackie's photos are here Photos    Gill B's photos are here Photos 26 walkers (25 finished):Graham Bayes, Dee Brockway, Terry Brown, Brin Bunker, Gill Bunker, Jackie Burnett, Chris Burns, Graham Busch, Jim Catchpole, Geoff Curnock, John…

Into Ashridge - Thursday 30 June 2016

  Leader: Gordon Shaughnessyy Merrian's photos.  Sorry there are so few, I was nattering a lot. 23, then 22 (Brian did the morning), on the walk.https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157670466876915

Tebworth - Sunday 26 June 2016

  Leader: Sylvie Eames Steve Clark's photos are here  www.flickr.com/photos/131244540@N07 Looks like everyone enjoyed the day!

Toddington, Tebworth, Tingrith - Thursday 16 July 2016

 Leader: Peter Simon Toddington – Chalgrave Great Pond - Tebworth –  late morning break at Battlesden church – Lunch at Eversholt –  birthday treats – Happy Birthday Alan – Daniel's poppy princess - lovely poppies near Tingrith – gloom when Gareth…

Back to Willow Brook - Thursday 2 June 2016

Leader: Anne Addison 11 walkers, 18 miles Willow Brook - Blatherwycke - the Hall was built in the 18thC but is now long gone - only the church remains - the estate has links with "Mr George" of Weetabix  - Kingscliffe - Fineshade Wood - the lovely village of  Doddington - the old water mill and…

Sundon Hills & Beyond - Thursday 19 May 2016

 Leader: Paul Keech   There were 18 participants on the 15 mile walk on a sunny day but there were no reports of any unusual wildlife. I took a few photos that I took as there were no other volunteers.  Paul   Paul's photos

Northants Icons - Thursday 5 May 2016

 Leader: Jim Robinson 14.5 miles, 15 on the walk Merrian's photos are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157667912066936 some notes from Jim    

Thornborough & Buckingham - Sunday 24 April 2016

  Leader: Sylvie Eames Steve Clark's photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131244540@N07

Gayton Locks - Thursday 21 April 2016

Leader: Colin Stoneman A walk on the Queen's 90th birthday 22 walkers, 15.75 miles Bugbrooke - northwards to join the Nene Way/Northampton Round - Heygates Flour Mill - Kislingbury - joining the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal - flight of locks - turning bridge at Gayton Junction - Grand…

A Bit of Cross Bucks - Thursday 7 April 2016

Leader: Jim Morrison The Globe, Linslade - Soulbury - Soulbury Boot - Stewkley - lunch at Swanbourne (either the Betsey Wynne or St Swithins) - back via Stewkley  - Liscombe Park - Linslade Wood and back to The Globe. Things we learned today: The Cross Bucks Way starts at Linslade and crosses the…

Let Them Eat Cake - Thurs 24th March 2016

  Leader: DFH Boddington Reservoir – The Twistle, Byfield – mid-morning break in pocket park on the former Great Central Railway - Eydon –– lunch at Chipping Warden (in the Griffin or the bus shelter). The afternoon took us on field paths, over the Oxford Canal, through…

Lakes Towns & Woods - Thursday 10 March 2016

Leader: Linda Marsh   Caldecotte Lake - Bow Brickhill - through the woods - morning break at the the county boundary - Woburn Park - lunch break at Woburn - back through the woods - outskirts of MK - and back to the Lake.   28 walkers, plus Brian who caught us up by car as he could not get through…

A Wander from Bugbrooke - Thursday 25th Feb 2016

Leader: Dianne Sutton A lovely sunny day, rolling countryside, great views.  24 walkers.  Lunch at the Red Lion, Litchborough. Two lots of photos, so keep scrolling down. DFH's photos are here Photos Gill's photos are here Photos

From Court to Hollywell - Sunday 21 Feb 2016

 Leader: Eric Cartwright Another walk that Norman and I joined for the afternoon.  A quick wave to the three Chris's who were only doing the morning walk and had left a car at North Crawley.  Clare stayed for lunch in the bus shelter then walked back to Cranfield direct. So 10 walkers in total,…

Whittlebury Wanderings - Sun 14 Feb 2016

  Leaders: Chris Bent and Frances Craven 6 walkers plus Grommit in the morning. Two of us joined them at Lillingstone Lovell for the afternoon. A sunny day, though a cold wind near the Obelisk.  Serious mud in places, but lots of lovely open countryside and fine views. A good walk and a very…

Across Bucks to a Bald Buzzard - Thursday 11 Feb 2016

  Leader: Mike Bowley A cold frosty morning first thing - but the sun soon came out and shone all day. 19 walkers. Welcome to Sara. Merrian's photos are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157664045115030 From Mike: " I was asked a couple of times about where the Cross Bucks…

More Old Ground - Thursday 28th January 2016

Leader: Steve McMorrow A lovely sunny day. Steve took us out to the west of Milton Keynes with a lunch stop at Whaddon. 17miles and 23 (24 in the afternoon) walkers (I think). Merrian and Dave's photos are here photos

Wolverton Wander - Sunday 24 Jan 2016

A Wolverton Wander - Ldr Peter Engledow Bletchley to Wolverton by train, then walk back to Bletchley Four of us on the walk: Wolverton - Grand Union Canal - River Ouse - near Calverton - muddy field as we got to the North Bucks Way - Brian left here - met Milton Keynes Ramblers on a walk from…

MK Monopoly - Thursday 14th January 2016

Milton Keynes Monopoly  Thursday 14th January 2016 Leader: Brian Graves, assisted by Colin Burnett and Steve McMorrow. 24 walkers  A tour of northern Milton Keynes taking in some of the sites on the MK Monopoly Board. Bradwell Windmill - Wolverton Station - The Secret Garden - MK Museum - the…

New Year Walk & Lunch - Sunday 10th January 2016

Anchor Inn the New Year : Walk and Lunch Leader: Steve Smith Merrian's photos are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60620372@N07/albums/72157663252058601 Distance 7.05 miles, 12 on the walk plus Norman, Pat and Ian who walked back from the pub to meet us. 18 for the meal. We were lucky with the…

End of Year Stroll - Thursday 31st December 2015

Map of route word (431KB) pdf (312KB). My gps clocked 15.1 miles, 17 on the walk.  Yet another pub in GBG but not on GBG walk.  The photos include some of people - for Tony. (M)

Christmas at Wetherspoons - Thursday 17th December 2015

Map of route word (2MB) pdf (446KB). 17 + 1 on the walk, + 3 in the pub, Happy Birthday Mike.  Welcome to Jill and Jim who nipped back to England to walk with us.  Why was there a picture of Richard Dimbleby in the pub?  DFH says it's Sir Hugh Greene (now why didn't he tell me earlier) (M) (DFH)

Santa's New Suit - Sunday 13 Dec 2015

Map of route word (683KB) pdf (382KB). My gps clocked 13.5 miles.  22 + 2 + 1 on the walk, thank you to all Santa's little helpers. Alan's photos  Photos Gill's photos     Photos (DFH) (M) video1 (3MB) video2 (4mb) video3 (753KB) video4 (1MB) (Brian)  

Hanslope Hike - Thursday 10th December 2015

Map of route word (368KB) pdf (275KB). 18 -3 + 2 on the walk. My gps clocked 15.2 miles, but I started from rec not pub.  We were all prepared for 2 dots rain, but it didn't really start until we finished, phew.  The fields weren't as muddy as Gill expected, another phew.  The rec man opened up the…

AGM Walk - Sunday 29th November 2015

Map of route word (346KB) pdf (264KB). The day didn't start well when the key for the village hall broke - photo of that to follow. 19 on the walk, my GPS clocked 7.56 miles.  It was windy.  Welcome to Jeanette. (M) Alan's Photos   Alan's Photos

Another Safari Walk - Thursday 26th November 2015

Map of route word (480KB) pdf (334KB) My GPS clocked 16 miles, 19 on the walk, welcome back Jake, get better soon Gill, welcome to newly retired Therese, pub didn't open at lunchtime, saw giraffe, kite, heron, pigs, deer, sheep, children, horses, bison, female elephants and calf (though not Roger,…

The Puzzled Monkey Walk - Thursday 12th November 2015

Map of route word (628KB) pdf (368KB). 22 on the walk, my GPS clocked 16.6 miles.  Yet another pub in the GBG for lunch.  I deleted my photos before I unloaded them (whoops), and my notes (more whoops). (DFH)      

Some Chalfonts and a Harefield - Sunday 8th November 2015

Some photos from the walk leader who says  A small but select group!  It didn't rain and I made it round! (John D)

Brook & River Ramble - Thursday 29th October 2015

Map of route word (368KB) pdf (260KB).  My GPS clocked 16.4 miles. 16 on the walk.  Happy 60th Geoff, for previous Friday. Yet another pub in the Good Beer Guide. Fotheringhay may be pronounced Fothering-hay, Fothering-gay or Fothering-ay.  Kites at the start.  Barnwell Manor. Princess…

Monopoly Walk - Sunday 18th October 2015

Map of route .odt (2MB). 29 on walk, plus Brian in several places.  Dave's gps clocked 21 miles.  The photos tell the story of the day.  Gill handed out "money" at morning tea break; did anyone hang on to theirs to claim from Ian?  Joseph Grimaldi.  On Carey Street. British Walking Federation…

Wave to the Prime Minister - Thursday 15th October 2015

Map of route word (491KB). My GPS clocked 15 miles, 23 on the walk. Welcome to friends from Essex & Herts and Thames Valley.  Notes from Chris (16KB).  We passed the pub where Mary was told off.  We had apples from "help yourself". (DFH) (M) Video (4MB), another video (4MB).  

Bedford Back Waters - Sunday 11th October 2015

No map of route yet, I misread my gps and thought I had full batteries - nope, flat batteries. (Sorry Sybil) 30 +1, -4, -5 = 22 on the walk.  Well done Dee and Phil for not losing anyone.  Willington Dovecote is where Gill's Ian first met Sybil - climbing over a stile with her bicycle.  This is…

Riseley with Stile - Thursday 1st October 2015

Map of route word (443KB). My gps clocked 14.4 miles, 14 on the walk, lots of interesting information (thank you Eric), Happy Birthday Jim (excellent cake, thanks), egg farm producing 3 million eggs each week, solar lake, even though we walked across several recently ploughed fields my new shoes…

Ambling the Ouse - Sun 20th Sept 2015

 6 walkers, a misty start but the sun was shining by the time we got to Olney. A good group, three of us getting in the miles before Shotley. We had a bit of fun, the theme of the day being Dormice - We came across a Dormice  survey - a population of dormice that were displaced by the Channel…

Cople SE5A - Thursday 17th Sept 2015

  A very enjoyable walk from Cople on a lovely sunny day with good view from the Greensand Ridge. Cople-Willington-Northill-Ickwell-Shuttleworth-Old Warden. Thank you Adrian. 16 walkers.  The first photos are from Adrian's recce (which explains why daffodils are blooming in September). My photos…

2015 September Dorset Weekend

    A wonderful, wonderful weekend.  A massive thank you to John and Jan for the thought, time and effort they put in to make our few days in Dorset so very enjoyable. Photos  FRIDAY   Friday  SATURDAY Saturday   SATURDAY EVENING  Saturday Evening    SUNDAY  Sunday

GBG1 - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Map of route word (605KB) pdf (360KB). 15 on the walk, my GPS clocked 15.6 miles.  We saw heron, buzzard, kestrel (with alarm call).  Bread pudding recipe (Dave says he uses less milk and doesn't bother with the orange peel).  The only reason for having the walk on Wednesday, instead of usual…

Summer 'spoons walk - Thursday 27th August 2015

Map of route word (657KB) pdf (377KB). 8 on walk, plus Phil at lunchtime, plus Gordon and Christopher just after.  My GPS clocked 14.5 miles.  Saw kites and buzzards, some paths we haven't been on.  The piglets wouldn't come out of their hut. (DFH from recce) (M)  

From Coachway to Fairway - Thursday 20th August 2015

  Welcome to Bob. Standing room only on the bus. Some of our bus pass people gave up their seats! 25 walkers.  Coachway – Broughton –  near Jim's house in Milton Keynes Village – mid-morning break by Waitrose at Oakgrove. Views over Caldecotte lake. Lunch at Bow Brickhill.  An…

To Watford Gap - Thurs 06 Aug 2015

  15.4 miles – 18 walkers out – a bit of  drizzle first thing but that didn't last – then a lovely sunny afternoon.  Good to meet Helen, Peter's daughter. West Haddon – Jurassic Way – Winwick – Yelvertoft – Lunch at Crick in the pub garden – Grand…

Castle to a Park - Sun 02 Aug 2015

  Bolebec Castle to Bolbeck Park Bolebec Castle Whitchurch – Old Chapel at Creslow – morning break at Dunton Church – lunch stop at Mursley – North Bucks Way – ice creams at Bradwell Abbey – the concrete cows – Railway Walk – Bolbeck Park After the…

On the Edge (Northants) - Sun 12 Jul 2015

  20 miles in the rolling countryside west of Brackley with great views  – 15 walkers.    A very warm welcome to Julia (friend of Gill McM), to Karen (in the last three weeks she has done her first challenge walk, helped on  the FTAB and now been on her first group walk) and to Jan (Ian…

The Albino Walk - Thursday 9th July 2015

Map of route word (1MB), pdf (377KB). 23, then 21, on walk, Dave's GPS clocked 18.4 miles.  Excellent pub stop, they allowed us to eat our lunch.  Happy Birthday Roger, we had cake. (M)

Pulloxhill Figure of Eight - Thursday 25th June 2015

Map of route word (436KB) pdf (282KB). My gps clocked 15 miles, 15 (+1,-1,+1) on the walk.  Thank you Linda, looking forward to the next one.  134 steps down from the Clappers.  The landlord of the Cross Keys is the longest serving (ha!) in Bedfordshire. (DFH) (M)

Over Old Ground - Thursday 11 Jun 2015

Ldr: Steve McMorrow A super walk on a sunny day.  The countryside looked lovely in the sunshine - lots of good views and wild flowers. Steve was worried about the rape field but we came through unscathed. 19 walkers out. Welcome to new member Kerry, Julie from Thames Valley and guest Jim. About…

Charnwood Charmer - Sunday 31 May 2015

Charnwood Charmer Summertime Special Joint walk with Anytime Anywhere - Woodhouse Eves - Bradgate Park - Newtown Linford - Ulverscroft Priory - Beacon Hill.  Started in rain, but finished in sunshine with glorious views from Beacon Hill.  Thank you Tim for a very enjoyable walk. Photos

A North Bucks Round - Thursday 28th May 2015

Map of route word (606KB) pdf (355KB). My gps clocked 17.4 miles (including walk to and from start), 22 on the walk.  Welcome to new member Riitta.  Much talk of Red Rose 100. (DFH) (M) (Brian)    

Red Rose 100 Saturday 23rd May - Monday 25th May 2015

(Dennis) (DFH) (M) Marshals' Walk weekend - Friday 1st May 2015 - Monday 4th May 2015 (M) Thanks to Roger Hand for photo of Dave finishing

Lea'lands - Thursday 14th May 2015

Map of route word (672KB) pdf (382KB). 12 plus the leader, my gps clocked 17.2 miles.  Roger and Margaret weren't "absent - weather", they were "absent - theatre".  Colin was "absent - weather/distance/chicken wake".  It was good to test the wet weather gear - let's be positive.  Loads of history…

Another Marston Meander - Thursday 30th April 2015

Map of route word (635KB) pdf (366KB). 18 on the walk, my gps clocked 15 miles, welcome to Celia who told us about Hairy Bitter Cress and Garlic Mustard, welcome to our newest BBN member Nichola, Gary had new shoes, pub was shut (best laid plans, etc, thanks for trying Jake), John had new (not new,…

Celebration of Pennine Way - Sunday 26th April 2015

Map of route word (573KB) pdf (382KB). 8 (plus Grom) started, my GPS clocked 14.5 miles.  Interesting introduction to the walk from Frances.  Welcome to Bob from South Manchester - we were holding him up, so we persuaded him to go ahead.  Frances and Pearl also chose a different, and at times much…

From Coachway to Tramway - Thursday 16th April 2015

Map of route (298KB) My gps clocked 16 miles, 18 on the walk (-1, +1), only 2 people had to pay on the bus, Steve had Travelodge socks on but I forgot to take a picture, we saw where DFH & Brian had played Sunday football but not their changing room (an old railway carriage), Wolverton Town Trail. …

Ashwell Amble - Thursday 2nd April 2015

Map of route word (672KB) pdf (447KB). My gps clocked 15.3 miles, 20 on walk.  Welcome to Nichola from Ramblers and Mafe from London group.  Friends of Friendless Churches, saw first Brimstone butterfly of year, Jim told us of interesting migration of Monarch butterfly, sunny, legs out for the…

Two Ways to Emberton - Thursday 19th March 2015

Map of route word (532KB) pdf (331KB). 24 on the walk, Mike swapped places with Graham at lunchtime.  My GPS clocked 15.6 miles, including walk to start from home.  Let it be known, there was no mud on Gill's walk. (DFH) (M)  

LDWA AGM C Walk - Saturday 14th March 2015

Map of route word (598KB) pdf (350KB). (M) (DFH)  

Chiltern Kanter - Sunday 8th March 2015

CP 1 Photos(Gill) Dave and M's photos from their walk on the day before event.  Info about Bridgewater Monument pdf (1MB). (DFH) (M)

Nearly Spring in the Chilterns - Thursday 5th March 2015

Map of route word (797KB) pdf (419KB). 19 on the walk, my GPS clocked 16.4m. Geoff saw badger setts, we heard a woodpecker.  It's Chollsbury, Chezam and Berko to the locals.  Cholesbury Camp. Chiltern Heritage Trail. (DFH) (M)    

Titchmarsh NR and Nene Way - Thursday 19th February 2015

Map of route word (480KB) pdf (308KB). My gps clocked 13.2 miles. 26 on the walk.  Jake spent the morning with the breakdown service, so missed the walk, shame.  We saw lots of kites.  Thanks for all the information Geoff.   Sorry this is a short report, my voice recorder went on the blink. (dfh) …

Northampton Round - The Finale - Thursday 5th February 2015

Blisworth to Stoke Bruerne Map of route word (391KB) pdf (288KB). 21 on the walk, my gps clocked 14.4 miles. Jim spotted Golden Plovers in a field, some of the lads decided to add in an extra crossing of the A43, birthday cake from Colin and birthday biscuits from DFH (thanks chaps), those of us…

Where's Bunty Bagshawe - Thursday 22nd January 2015

Map of route word (517KB) pdf (318KB). 29 on the walk.  Welcome to non-LDWA member Gary.  A branch leapt out and bit Gill, Adrian Kildare checked her out, pronounced nothing serious and prescribed less chat.  For some of us it wasn't "Where's Bunty Bagshawe?", but "Who's Bunty Bagshawe?"  All…

Another Canal Roundabout The 2015 Version - Thursday 8th January 2015

Map of route word (408KB) pdf (299KB). A combination of the lunch time pub (The Navigation) being closed for refurbishment and the fact the River Tove has flooded (some will remember Gill Bunker's walk last year near Castlethorpe) has meant some re-routing.  The morning session will be near 9 miles…

Christmas at Wetherspoons - Thursday 18th December 2014

Map of route word (501KB) pdf (344KB).My gps clocked 13.1 miles, but it missed a bit after the pub. 24+1-2 on walk.  Some saw a kingfisher.     Alternative car park is at  TL079488 off Standard Way, north of A421/A603 roundabout.  Anyone needing navigating to official start car park from…

Santa Walk - Sunday 14th December 2014

  Another great walk with Santa  - 26 happy walkers – carols at Northill (Terry in charge – who needs Gareth Malone) - on to Old Warden for another carol - the sun came out for our festive lunch of mince pies and mulled wine and apple.  The sun shone for the rest of the day. More carols…

Northampton Round Pt 6 - Thursday 4th December 2014

Map of route word (617KB) pdf (361KB). My gps clocked 15.8 miles.  26 on the walk, plus Colin briefly around Bugbrooke.  Some did a bit extra to join up with Northampton Round part 5, which we'd done in September.  Some had done that field on BBN social walk, 8th December 2013. Welcome to Sarah and…

AGM walk - Sunday 30th November 2014

Map of route word (552KB) pdf (367KB). My GPS clocked 8.21 miles.  24 on the walk. (Merrian Lancaster) (Alan Leadbetter)

Woburn Figure of Eight - Thursday 20th November 2014

Map of route word (711KB) pdf (393KB).  My gps clocked 16.3 miles. 33 on walk, 31 started with Dave leading, Brian joined and took over the lead through the woods then left, Dave retook leading, tea break at Rushmere, Pam left, Brian rejoined at lunchtime, 5 left at lunchtime and Gordon joined,…

Down Nene Valley Way - Thursday 6th November 2014

Map of route word (471KB) pdf (287KB).  There's a bit of map missing from the top. My GPS clocked 13.7 miles, 16 on the walk, chilly start, Bedford Purlieus (Bedford in Northamptonshire, or Cambridgeshire, very confusing), early fields warmed us up, what's the collective noun for Rogers (we had 3),…

Duke's Delight - Thursday 23rd October 2014

Map of route word (655KB) pdf (375KB). 22 on the walk, my gps clocked 14.2 miles, welcome to new member David, don't trust me with a map - couldn't figure out where we were going within 200 yards of the start - quickly handed the job to someone else, we saw and heard deer, morning stop at…

Bugbrooke Spires - Thursday 9th October 2014

Map of route word (617KB) pdf (355KB). My gps clocked 15.7, 18 on the walk, Colin had a lame excuse for not leading, Steve was an excellent sub, it was windy, we've been to the tractor graveyeard before on 03/12/13.  Some new, and some returning, folk.  Welcome, and welcome back. (DFH) (Merrian) …

Bedfordshire's Northern Outpost - Thursday 25th September 2014

Map of route word (429KB) pdf (303KB). 14 on the walk; my GPS clocked 15.9 miles; improved oven Little Irchester; Steam Museum Irchester country park; Changing Tracks Art; Leicester Orienteering; did we see Janet & Roy; I had tea break in Bedfordhshire, most of the group had tea break in…

Northampton Round 5 - Thursday 11th September 2014

Map of route word (733KB) pdf (390KB). My GPS clocked 15.8 miles; 9 on the walk; my memory map says the route coincided with BBN social walks on 06/12/12, 23/05/13, 25/07/13 and 08/12/13; Alas, poor Yorik, I knew him Jim, he was a fun guy; Brampton Heath Golf Course; Happy Birthday Adrian

North Beds Heritage Trail - Sandy to Roxton - Sunday 31st August 2014

Map of route word (491KB) pdf (313KB).  Website. My GPS clocked 16 miles , gps went wrong between Deepdale and Sutton - correct route marked on map, 13 on walk, welcome to 4 new BBN members, mini bus from Roxton to Sandy, RSPB Lodge, old packhorse bridge in Sutton, lunch in Potton, tea break at…

Enigmatic Milton Keynes - Thursday 21st August 2014

Map of route word (793KB) pdf (414KB). My GPS clocked 15.6 miles, 15 on the walk, bus from MK coachway to railway station, morning stop at St. Mary's Church Bletchley, don't think I'd want to try the scented garden with all those nettles, fun to walk through the bus shelter, my notes say "complain…

Another canal roundabout - Thursday 7th August 2014

Map of route pdf (338KB) word (470KB). My gps clocked 15.5, 14 on the walk, no ratting on the walk leader but there was a sign on a narrow boat that said "I'm not lost, I'm exploring", some of the paths were under water when we did them on Gill's walk at the end of May, we waved to Norman at work

Gallows and Barrows - Thursday 24th July 2014

Map of route word (677KB) pdf (379KB)  Leaders: Roger and Margaret My GPS clocked 16.4 miles, 14 on the walk, cake for Roger's birthday, happy birthday to Chris for 25th and Phil for 27th, Brian, Gordon and Christopher came to say hello (and top up water bottles, thank you) at Lilley. (DFH) (M)

Greensand Ridge Walk in a Day - 20 July 2014

Gamlingay Cinques and Nigel sends us on our way. 8 miles to Northill Village Hall led by Gill B and Jackie – breakfast of “Bacon Butties and More” – wonderful – oops forgot fluorescent tabards and flash don't mix. Terry joined us here having walked from Shefford. 13.6…

Grafton Way Part 1 (The North) - Thursday 10th July 2014

Map of route word (575KB) pdf (340KB)   Leader: Graham Missing My gps clocked 14.5, 17 on the walk, welcome to Chris, Steve stood on a nail (excellent first aid adminstered swiftly), Tribute and Taylor's Golden Best, it took 2 months to get planning permission for the planter by School Lane. (DFH)…

Baldock Bimble Mk III - Thursday 26th June 2014

Leader Phil Hastings, 12+1 on the walk Map of route word (1MB) pdf (362KB). See below for all (and no doubt 'more') than you ever wanted to know about a couple of the sights on my walk. 1. About two-thirds of the way through the morning walk we pass the remains of a church and shortly afterwards…

Stoke Hammond - Sunday 22nd June 2014

Ldr: Sylvie Eames A lovely day and a super walk. A big welcome to Carla from Colombia (via Burcott).  Stoke Hammond - Great Brickhill - fun with the carved seats in Rushmere Park - checking the time at the sundial then ice creams for elevenses in Stockgrove Park. Up the hill and round to Heath and…

Mel and Phil's SS Walk - Thursday 19th June 2014

An extra walk as part of Mel's training for her first challenge walk, Herts Hobble.  We saw purple toadflax and scabious.  The beer, Springhead Leveller, nearly rated a 4 - change plans and stay for another. (Dave Findel-Hawkins) (Merrian Lancaster)

Three Woods and a Toot - Thursday 12th June 2014

Map of route word (439KB) pdf (329KB).  Leader : Jim Morrison 14 on the walk, my gps clocked 19.4 miles including walk to and from home, we visited a modern non-toot and Shenley Church End Toot,  Howe Park Wood, Shenley Wood, Hazeley Wood, Oakhill Wood.  Lunch in Beachampton, The Bell or Village…

Welland Way - Saturday 31 May 2014

Ldr: Alan Leadbetter King's Cliffe – through the woods to Duddington –a very attractive village – roses round the church porch and in the village gardens - River Welland – road diverted through a farmyard at Tixover – mid-morning break on the village green at Barrowden…

Watts for Lunch - Thursday 29th May 2014

Map of route doc (639KB) pdf (364KB).  Leader: Gill Bunker 15 miles, 16 on the walk.  Welcome to Geoff on his first Thursday walk with BBN. We got wet feet.  B left at lunchtime to be replaced by B. (Dave Findel-Hawkins) (Merrian Lancaster)

Valleys Hundred - May 2014

Alan Leadbetter's photos Photos

Royal Summerhouse Shuffle - Thursday 15 May 2014

Ldr: Colin Scargill 16 walkers, a few of the usual suspects were absent but we were joined by Maggie (time off between flights) and Phil brought Mel who lives close by (Grandma was collecting the boys from school). A sunny day - lovely open countryside – winding paths thru woods –…

Top Totternhoe - Thursday 1st May 2014

Map of route word (706KB) pdf 379(KB). 15 on the walk, my gps clocked 13.7 miles, Gordon couldn't get new curtains at the house called Dunelm, Janet Brown connections with 5 Bells O' Stanbridge (which was named after the 5 bells in the church, but then they got a sixth), when you next see Gordon…

An Amble in the Ouse Valley - Thursday 24th April 2014

map of route word (587KB) pdf (344KB) 21 on walk, welcome Ronnie, my gps clocked 15.4 miles, leader Jake, 3 missed the start - Gordon got stuck on M1, Martin and John got caught by detours and traffic, the bridge cost £160,000, Woodstock gate, the gate with the bit that looks as if something has…

Training walk - Saturday 19th April 2014

Doing the 3 medium routes of the S-S-S walks as training for the 100, this year...and next year! (Alan Leadbetter)

Linking the Aylesbury and Wendover Arms - Thursday10th April 2014

 Ldr: Brian Graves Startop's - the Grand Union canal - along the Wendover Arm.  Views of Wilstone Reservoir.  Bridge 4 with the BBN plaque.   Working on the canal – and another footbridge.  Mid-morning break  by the Saxon Way bridge near Aston Clinton – the burial place of a Saxon…

Coachway to Runway - Thursday 27th March 2014

15 on the walk, leader Mike Bowley. Map of route word (762KB) pdf (401KB) Lunch stop in Cranfield (cafe, church and pub), afternoon stop at Hula, my GPS clocked 14.2 miles, I had to apologise to the  bus driver 'cos I leant on the request stop button (he smiled, phew), not many waves from the…

Seven Parishes - Sunday 23rd March 2014

20 (or 21?) walkers.  Two lovely new ladies – Ronnie and Chris. Woburn – Eversholt – Ridgmont - Husborne Crawley - Aspley Guise - Woburn Sands - Aspley Heath A bright day - DRY and NO MUD! A surprise half way round when we bumped into Christine and Gerry – who had both…

Deepdale Weekend - 14 - 16 March 2014

Deepdale Bunkhouse, Norfolk  Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March 2014. Nic Carbonara has sent the following, please let me know if you have any problem accessing the data. 1.      Tracks -        2 pdf files on OS 1/25,000 15 Mar (539KB) 16 Mar (465KB) -        2 kmz files that open on Google Earth 15…

Redbourn Re-Run - Thursday 13th March 2014

Map of route word (497KB) pdf (337KB).  Leader - Gordon Shaughnessy My GPS clocked 15 miles, 17 on the walk, welcome to Clive.   Jake had new boots, get well soon Gill, we saw a yellowhammer and used Jim's binoculars to get a closer look, Gordon saw a kingfisher, we saw mistle thrushes at morning…

Huntingdonshire Wolds - Sunday 2nd March 2014

Map of route word (445KB) pdf (298KB).  Leader - Michael Trolove.  My GPS clocked 19.1 miles. 14 started the walk, welcome to non-members Margi and Jackie who walked with us until morning break, Great Gidding Newt Trail, we walked along a lane that featured in Colditz, Great Gidding windmill,…

Eastwood Ho! - Thursday 27th February 2014

Map of route word (369KB) pdf (268KB).  My GPS clocked 13.9 miles.  19 on the walk.  Eastward Ho! I'd originally planned to do the walk from the east, to have lunch in garden of Compasses - but couldn't find anywhere convenient to park in Shillington. Hence the title. After climbing the hill to the…

Towersey and a Disused Railway Path - Sunday 23rd February 2014

Leader - Therese Jamin We had a lovely walk last Sunday with skies that were kind to us and ground slippery enough to warrant the use of cross-country skis at times! Lovely part of the country with a short morning break 'in' a quaint little chapel, followed by lunch under a church porch with…

Stanion Stomp - Thursday 13th February 2014

Map of route word (580KB) pdf (337KB). Leader Anne Addison 15 on the walk, my gps clocked 16.7, a bit longer than usual because we had a diversion to avoid a flooded section, welcome Steve from E&H, saw lots of red kites, Adrian wore his marigolds (must tell Tara), DFH found a geocache, brief…

The Tinker from Elstow - Sunday 2nd February 2014

The Tinker from Elstow - John Bunyan, of course – who mended pots and pans - before becoming a Puritan soldier - a Dissenter and unlicensed preacher  - was imprisoned for 12 years for his beliefs – and wrote The Pilgrim's Progress. From Wilstead – very muddy paths round the south…

Something New - Thursday 30th January 2014

Map of route word (661KB) pdf (368KB). 11 in the morning, gained 2 at lunchtime.  My GPS clocked 14.8 miles. Saw a big bird, where can Mary buy long laces for her trainers, when does Center Parcs open.  Not even Gordon wanted to embrace the mud. (Dave Findel-Hawkins) (Merrian Lancaster)  

Ridgeway Roundabout - Sunday 19th January 2014

Map of route word (784KB) pdf (412KB).  Walk leader - Peter Hamson My gps clocked 20.7 miles, 21 started (plus Betty the dog), gained one at lunchtime (welcome Chris, hope we see you on another walk), "lost" 6 at afternoon tea break, good luck to Jessica for her charity challenge (let us have the…

An Amended Newport Muster - Thursday 16th January 2014

Map of route word (598KB) pdf (349KB). 28 on the walk, my gps clocked 16.9 miles (including from/to Dave's), 8 people walked or got the bus to the start (7 got walked or got the bus from the end!), crossed bit of Santa's walk from 2008, crossed Ouse Valley Way, saw a Welsh post van, Mary had her…

New Year Walk + Lunch - Sunday 5th January 2014

Leader: Steve Smith The Navigator's Way - 7 miles  -  taking its name from the River Ivel Navigation Chanel built 1823 linking Shefford  to Biggleswade, and thus to the Ivel and Great Ouse and Kings Lynn.  Stanford - Shefford - meeting of the Rivers Flit and Hit - old tower mill - Clifton -…

Christmas at Wetherspoons - Thursday 19th December 2013

Map of route pdf (296KB) word (427KB). Leader - Dave Findel-Hawkins My gps clocked 6.86 miles before lunch and 5.98 after.  20 started the walk, Jim left at Stoke Hammond turn, Roger joined us in 'spoons (get well soon Roger). Welcome to Pat, a new member.  Glacial erratic in Soulbury (thank you…

Santa's Walk - Sunday 15th December 2013

Map of route word (714KB) pdf (386KB). 32 on the walk (plus Betty and Sandy), my gps clocked 14.5, welcome to Varla from Thames Valley, BBN member Tony Hill spotted (in his car!), met Bertie and the boatwoman (boatperson?), lost a sweetie nearly lost Bertie (the dog) the boatwoman's glove and Betty…

The Mystery of Blisworth Tunnel - Sunday 8th December 2013

Map of route word (623KB) pdf (358KB). My gps clocked 18.5 miles, 15 on the walk (plus Grommit), welcome to Margi who we hope will join the LDWA and to Tony from Surrey group, John Mawby Trail, Tiffield Pocket Park, Pattishall Millennium Walk, Adam's doing LEJOG next year, via ferrata at Highview,…

Two Loops from Linford - Thursday 5th December 2013

Map of route word (543KB) pdf (390KB). My gps clocked 14.2 miles, 21 at the start, minus 2 plus 1 after the first loop, Jake braved the Man U teasing, Stonepit Field Park, Bradwell Station on Wolverton to Newport Pagnell line, Mike saw the last train to run on the line (see extra doc below),…

Start from the Top - Sunday 1st December 2013

Map of route word (643KB) pdf (369KB). 20 on the walk, my GPS clocked 16.9 miles, Chalgrave Heritage Trail, lots of oak in the hedge (Daniel?), Wherry and Pride in the Green Man at Eversholt (at those prices we may have to share a pint next time), cloud pix for Brian G, Flitwick Plantation, polos…

AGM Walk - Sunday 24th November 2013

Map of route word (490KB) pdf (339KB). 21 on the walk, my GPS clocked 9 miles, sunshine at the Blue Lagoon for tea break. (Merrian Lancaster) Pics from recce... (Merrian Lancaster) (Dave Findel-Hawkins)

The Buckingham Arm - Thursday 21st November 2013

Map of route word (614KB) pdf (359KB). 20 on the walk, my gps clocked 14.8 miles, welcome to Linda who has recently joined the LDWA, please would someone report the broken stile at Oak Tree Farm, cake from birthday girl Margaret, lots of info pdf (9MB) from Brian about the canal Buckingham Canal…

Walking out Santa's Walk - 10th November 2013

  Well, M&S, John Lewis, Tesco et al have their Christmas adverts out  tugging at our heartstrings - so here is a trailer for Santa's Tring a Ling on 15th December. A great walk through some lovely countryside with carols, mulled wine, mince pies, pressies and all things Christmassy. Photos

Stagsden Stagger - Thursday 7th November 2013

Map of route word (588KB) pdf (347KB). 16 on the walk, my gps clocked 15.8 miles, Ian forgot his jelly babies, we had cake left over from Step Step, pub stop Royal George at Stevington, saw alpacas, highland cattle, a kite, different breeds of sheep, big black cattle, old railway line with signals…

Anniversary Quiz Walk - Sunday 27th October 2013

Map of route word (358KB) pdf (274KB). 33 on the walk, my gps clocked 7.9miles, friends from Essex & Herts, London and Thames Valley groups, what's the yellow thingy in the field, Bob did duty at the electric fence - does that make him a bright spark..groan, walked past the Devil's Horsemen (liked…

The Wind and the Willows 22nd Oct 2013

Ldr: Mike BowleyProspect Place - Wind Farm - Willows at Turvey - Newton Blossomville - Clifton Reynes.  Lovely sunny day - very enjoyable walk - and not as muddy as we had feared! (Gill Bunker) (Dave Findel-Hawkins)

Milton Keynes Boundary Walk Day Three

Monday 21st October 2013  - Ldr: Gill Bunker - 21 miles  - Two sets of  Photos - Alan Leadbetter and Gill Bunker The Layby (A428) - Bus Shelter at Weston Underwood - Ravenstone - Salcey Forest - The Rickety Bridge - Grand Union Canal - under the canal for a celebration cuppa at The Barley Mow,…

Milton Keynes Boundary Walk Day Two

Sunday 20th October 2013 - Ldr: Steve Clark - 24 miles  - Two sets of  Photos - Alan Leadbetter and Gill Bunker  Woburn Sands - Salford - Lunch with apples at Astwood - Turvey - The Layby (A428)  Alan's Photos and Gill's Pictures

Milton Keynes Boundary Walk Day One

Saturday 19th October 2013 - Ldr: Sylvie Eames - 22 miles  - Two sets of  Photos - Alan Leadbetter and Gill Bunker Stony Stratford - Newton Longville - Grand Union Canal - Great Brickhill -  Woburn Sands Alan's Photos  and  Gill's Photos

Not Brian's Totternhoe Walk - Thursday 10th October 2013

Map of route word (936KB) pdf (565KB). Karen's GPS log, with lots of stats, even the weather.  Thank you Karen. 19 on the walk, my GPS clocked 15 miles, Brian injured so Dave led (Brian told Dave of good pub in Studham, so Dave plotted route there and back, simple!), we'll do Brian's route another…

Walking out the Quiz Walk - 6th October 2013

Walking out the Quiz Walk - 6th October 2013 Photos      

A Different Baldock Bimble - Thursday 26th September 2013

Map of route word (534KB) pdf (328KB). 15 on the walk, my gps clocked 15.8 miles, good briefing from Phil at the start (tho' his idea of "not too fast" is much faster than mine), welcomed Melvyn and Ann from E&H, excellent weather, pretty village Ashwell for lunch, Arbury Banks (info from Phil…

30K in Northants - Sunday 22 Sept 2013

Celebrating BBN's 30th - 30k in Northants Sunny day - led by new member Al Pacino - 11 walkers - we welcomed lively Sue and Steve from Sherwood Group. Hartwell - Grand Union Canal - Ashton - Piddingon - Salcey Forest - celebration cake back in Hartwell. Photos

On the Edge (of Northamptonshire) - Thursday 12th September 2013

Map of route pdf (345KB) word 574(KB). 11 on the walk, my GPS clocked 15.4 miles, a few nasty stiles (a farmer told us the council aren't replacing stiles, for H&S reasons, but they're going to put in gates instead...soon), morning stop outside village hall in Farthinghoe (lots of blackberries),…

John Bunyan Trail 31st Aug/1st Sept & 7th/8th Sept 2013

Four super days walking - thanks to Eric, Dee, Jake and Therese for leading and for the information along the way.  20 walkers over the two weekends, 5 of us completed the whole trail.  Lovely weather throughout – just  half an hour of drizzle on the second Sunday. Day One:  Cranfield  to…

Northampton Round - Cogenhoe to Holcot - Thursday 29th August 2013

Map of route word (674KB) pdf (377KB). 22 on 9am start, welcome to Vicky, 3 more joined at 10am.  morning stop at Mears Ashby (Dave provided cake), lunch stop at Holcot (2 Henrys and a Tiger in the White Swan), afternoon stop at Sywell (a local opened the village hall for us to top up water…

30th Anniversary Canal Boat Cruise - Sunday 18th August 2013

Map of route word (721KB) pdf (387KB) 32 on the walk, my gps clocked 14.5 miles, John told us about poo fairy, Aldbury Nowers, what's a nower?, Steve broke a stile, new permissive path down to windmill, the BBN flowers are orchid,  chiltern gentian and cowslip, county flowers of the UK, Norman…

A Walk from Wilstead - Thursday 15th August 2013

Map of route word (577KB) pdf (340KB) 16 on the walk, led by Colin. BBN sign to show us where to park, thanks Colin.  Welcome to Sarah who's in training for London Marathon, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.  Welcome to Sandra from local Ramblers. High flying sewage.  Met the friends of Greensand Ridge…

Celebrating BBN's 30th - 30k in Bucks - Ldr: Dave Yorston - 27th July 2013

 A hot sunny day. Dave's super 30K celebratory route included bits from the Wendover Gap, Pick & Mix, Chiltern Landmarks Hundred and of course the BBN kissing gate.Coombe Hill - fantastic views all round - on an ultra-clear day Dave says you can see Broadway Tower (Cotswolds) from here. It was so…

A Covert Walk - Thursday 25th July 2013

Map of route word (657KB) pdf (369KB) 16.4 miles (on my gps), 18 on the walk (including Sue, a returning LDWA member), Harpole, Nobottle, Little Brington (church with spire but no nave), morning stop at Gawburrow Hill (I think), cross the railway at Patford Bridge, tiny airfield (??), lunch at East…

The Old New GR - Ldrs: Roger & Margaret Skerman - 11th July 2013

  A glorious sunny day - the old and new routes of the Greensand Ridge -  what is the tree - a hazelnut? - one of the BBN benches on the GR - Mary's white horse - mid-morning break - Margaret's delicious birthday biscuits for Roger - Adrian checking out the Eddie Stobarts on the M1 - Woburn Estate…

Pootle to Park Lane - Sunday 7th July 2013

It was hot at the start and every one said it would be a hot day and it WAS a hot day. Nonetheless Phil had picked some excellent byways and paths with plenty of shade, so the bits out in the open were manageable. We started out from the sports centre on the Heath at Royston on the Icknield Way…

Celebrating BBN's 30th - Saturday 22nd June 2013

Map of route word (1MB) pdf (64KB) 16 on the walk, plus Gromit; rained on the way to the start so most started in wet weather gear, soon discarded; was windy but no rain; pub in Tingewick closed (as in no more), good thing some took their own and others nipped to the shop; having seen how Frances…

Baldock Bimble - Ldr: Phil Hastings - 13th June 2013

   Weston - Walkern - Gravely - Ardeley - Church Farm - Mike counted 11 piglets - The Jolly Waggoners - the preferred lunchtime ale was Highwayman (Buntingford Brewery) -  thatched village hall (Herts Hobble cp ) - 500+ year old oak trees - was this once an oak grove? - crack willow trees for…

The Silverstone Slip - Sunday 9th June 2013

(Michael Trolove) (Steve Clark)

In The Steps of Lady Di - Thursday 23rd May 2013

Map of route word (1MB) pdf (612KB) started from Great Brington,11 on the walk, everyone else is packing and repacking their gear for Camel-Teign, bitterly cold wind at the start, good to be back amongst the warm Northampton stone, crossed ridge & furrow, skirted Althorp Park…

The Great BBN Brewery Visit - Saturday 18th May 2013

Map of route word (516KB) pdf (338KB) 15 (+ Sandy the dog) arrived for the walk, lost the leader before the start (following doctor's orders), Graham and Dave took over as leaders so Graham could learn to use the GPS, Dee also had new GPS to get to grips with before next weekend, we passed the…

2013 Camel-Teign Ivor's Dream 100

Documentation for marshals. candra map (871KB)  barn details (38KB)  jobs (10KB)  food and equipment (27KB)  briefing (31KB) map of wadebridge (927KB) Photos of our checkpoint - CP3 - Candra maps of Candra and surrounding area (874KB) pubs (16KB) map of teignmouth (406KB)  

Clay Way to Coachway - Thursday 9th May 2013

Map of route word (818KB) pdf (428KB) 21 on the walk plus Heidi the dog; 14.1 miles; those with passes were lucky the bus was late so saved £2.80; bus to Bromham; walk back; it was windy; Waggledance and Eagle at The Cock in North Crawley; hope Ian gets better soon; it was windy; our two marshals'…

A Totter from Totternhoe - Thursday 25th April 2013

Walk report and pictures Gill Bunker A lovely walk on a sunny day - 23 in the morning, 21 and a pheasant in the afternoon - Totternhoe Knolls - old railway line at Sewell Cutting - Putting up a zip wire on Dunstable Downs - Help for Heroes event being set up - Whipsnade Tree Cathedral - Whipsnade…

Greyhound and Badgers - Thursday 11th April 2013

Map of route word (546KB) pdf (351KB) 18 on the walk (16 in the afternoon), clocked 16.8m (with a spike, so more like 16), welcome Kate - hope to see you on more walks, we saw deer, heard a woodpecker, Beryl had a fold-up fork, Peter McGuchan's bench is back, saw trains and boats, Badger Firkin Fox…

Down, Flat Out, Then Up - Thursday 28th March 2013

Map of route word (643KB) pdf (361KB) 18 on the walk, clocked 15.7 miles, we saw kites, buzzard, deer and grey wagtail, John brought cakes - good luck to him and Jan in Dorset; we look forward to a BBN trip there when they've settled in, Red Lion Marsworth (ABC Tin Roof Rusted Red Ale and Vale…

Walk From Shefford - Sunday 17th March 2013

Report from Michael.  (it made me chuckle, so I've included it all) Um? Very wet! b****y wet! s****ing wet! actually it had rained even heavier at home.  How about this it's my take on the walk.  The Shefford walk on Sunday the 17th March was another walk blighted by heavy rain and poor conditions…

The Whaddon Chase - Thursday 14th March 2013

Map of route word (658KB) pdf (368KB) (not quite, 'cos it's the route I took from home and back) 24 on the walk including one guest, Brian injured so Dave led, Whaddon Chase, Bristol gate, saw a buzzard, where did the disused railway run, saw llamas/alpacas, has anyone got a picture of the house…

Around Olney - Thursday 28th February 2013

Map of route word (531KB) pdf (324KB) After 3 attempts we counted 26 on the walk but that included a civilian so 25 on the walk, pancake race, the sun shone, did some Holy Hobble, not many pics 'cos my camera battery went flat, did some MK Boundary Walk, my gps clocked 16.3, 2 pub options in…

Greenfield Gallivant - Sunday 17th February 2013

(Eric Cartwright) As this was the 3rd walk I've led from Eversholt I decided it might be interesting to walk home from there, & back! I was hoping for a hard frost so that paths would not be too muddy. As we walked up the hill from the village the ground was still cold enough for us to walk on the…

A Walk From Little Paxton - Thursday 14th February 2013

Map of route word (476KB) pdf (296KB) Missing footpath word (324KB) pdf (253KB) 16 on the walk, new shoes for Jake, new car for Brian, no significant nature spots, we have to go back in summertime, blue sky, Roger & Margaret back from Gran Canaria to enjoy the mud, any spare golf balls to Jake,…

Ever Done Everdon? - Sunday 3rd February 2013

Map of route word (610KB) pdf (354KB) 22 on the walk, 6 guests, excellent walk leading (introduction at the start, wine gums at tea break, 2 minute warnings, lunchtime pub stop, arranged for path to be cleared, pub stop at the end), no Norman (2 secretaries couldn't get themselves organised), The…

Lakemill Wonder - Sunday 27th January 2013

An original lunch stop inside Stevington Windmill. The Ouse valley was well flooded and meant a few detours, hence the early pics "going forward and backwards". (Brian Graves) Photos (Brian Graves) (Steve Clark)

Four Counties Walk - Thursday 24th January 2013

Map of route word (407KB) pdf (285KB) 14 on the walk, new rucksacks on display, lunch in Barnack (Millstone Inn, Everards Tiger and Original), quarry nearby well known for supplying stone to cathedrals, Burghley house, Olympic hurdler, a new list for the hill-baggers register? Photos (Dave…

Rushmere Revisited - Thursday 10th January 2013

Dave Sedgley's map of route. My GPS lost the signal in the wood, here's a map of what it did get word (450KB) pdf (306KB). 24 on the walk, in and around Rushmere Park.  Our walk leader arranged for soup at the cafe at the visitors' centre, built a bridge across a stream on his way to the walk, got…

Extra Walk - Thursday 20th December 2012

  11 on the walk, with 2 more joining us at lunchtime.  The route was the MK Millennium cycle trail, with many detours to avoid the floods, which weren't there 24 hours earlier when Dave cycled the route to check it. Santa couldn't join us for the walk, but sent sweeties, and joined us at lunchtime…

Santa from Sandy - Sunday 9th December 2012

28 on the walk, starting from Sandy, which is twinned with Malaunay. Loads of nattering and lots to see.  We covered Joss Naylor, Ann Summers, Winston Churchill (Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.” Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”), pooh…

Northampton Round Three - Thursday 6th December 2012

17 at the start, 18 when Martin arrived (having walked from home), 19 when Daniel found us on the other side of the lake.  A good winter walk, icy in places which this wimp didn't like. Wild life spots - Jim pointed out a Golden Eye, we all saw Dave's footprints from Tuesday.  Beers at The Station,…

AGM Walk - Sunday 25th November 2012

Map of route word (388KB) pdf (279KB) Video clips (Merrian Lancaster)

West Perry Wander - Thursday 22nd November 2012

26 on the walk, including 3 guests.  Thanks for a relatively dry, but oh so windy, walk John. Map of route word (365KB) pdf (258KB). Video clip. Thanks for the chocs Martin....and he wore wellies (sorry the photo is blurred)...how are your feet Martin? Why are the last leaves to fall the ones at…

Sundon Saunter - Sunday 18th November 2012

(Brian Graves) (Steve Clark)

A Chess Valley Walk - Thursday 8th November 2012

The sign on the lunchtime pub (The Red Lion, Chenies) said it was an "autarkic free house".  I had to look that up; it means self-sufficient. A tip from Martin, put spare food in the brim of your hat. Map of route (sorry it's in two bits) word (857KB) pdf (523KB). (Merrian Lancaster)

By Train to the Greensand Ridge - Thursday 25th October 2012

Map of route word (765KB) pdf (410KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

The Two Mills' Circuit - Thursday 11th October 2012

Map of route word (561KB) pdf (337KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Park Lane Parade - Thursday 27th September 2012

Map of route word (1006KB) pdf (261K) Pictures (Dave Findel-Hawkins)  

Hartwell Hearts of Oak - 23rd September 2012

Map of route word (1MB) pdf (256KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Another Walk from Maulden Wood - 13th September 2012

Map of route word (424KB) pdf (291KB) Video clip. (Merrian Lancaster)  

Just a Stone's Throw - 23rd August 2012

Map of route word (556KB) pdf (336KB). (Merrian Lancaster)  

A Daventry Round - 9th August 2012

Map of route word (592KB) pdf (348KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

The Tunnel Walk - 26th July 2012

Map of route word (565KB) pdf (334KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Roxton - Thursday 14th June 2012

Map of route word (572KB) pdf (332KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

An Ouse Valley Amble - Thursday 24th May 2012

Map of route word (597KB) pdf (348KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Games 100 Marshals' Walk - 6th May 2012

(Steve Clark, Merrian Lancaster and Dave Yorston)

Mottingham

(Merrian Lancaster and John Davies)

Cadsden Caper - 26th April 2012

Map of route word (1016KB) pdf (590KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Over The Border Down Foxton Way - 12th April 2012

Map of route word (144KB) pdf (203KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Another Southwick Saunter - 8th March 2012

Map of route word (704KB) pdf (444KB) (Merrian Lancaster)

Pick & Mix - 4th March 2012

(Norman Corrin and Merrian Lancaster)

Posing with Colin

(Merrian Lancaster)

Boats, Birds and a Clip Lock Box - 22nd September 2011

Boats, Birds and a Clip Lock Box (Merrian Lancaster)

Yet Another Marston Meander - 8th September 2011

Yet Another Marston Meander (Merrian Lancaster)

Another Marston Meander - 9th June 2011

Another Marston Meander (Merrian Lancaster)

Cotswolds - 27th August 2011

Cotswolds (Merrian Lancaster)

Alternative Boundary Walk - 19th May 2011

Alternative Boundary Walk (Merrian Lancaster)

Bucknell Woods Bumble - 5th May 2011

Bucknell Woods Bumble (Merrian Lancaster)

Oxon Walks - 30th April 2011

Oxon Walks (Steve Clark)

Wander Round Milton Keynes - 21st April 2011

Wander Round Milton Keynes (Merrian Lancaster)

Architect, Assassin, Angel & Devil - 17th April 2011

Architect, Assassin, Angel & Devil (Merrian Lancaster) More A, A, A & D (Steve Clark)  

Sandy's Walk - 10th April 2011

Sandy's Walk (Steve Clark)

Essex Walker - 10th April 2011

Essex Walker (Merrian Lancaster)

Villages around Dunstable - 3rd April 2011

Villages around Dunstable (Steve Clark)

To the Globe and Back - 24th March 2011

To the Globe and Back (Merrian Lancaster)

The Pegsdon Hills Walk - 10th March 2011

The Pegsdon Hills Walk (Merrian Lancaster)

Review of the Great Train Robbery - 13th January 2011

Review of the Great Train Robbery (Merrian Lancaster)

Santa's Walk - 12th December 2010

Santa's Walk (Nicole Carbonara and Brian Graves)

Chiltern Kanter 2011 (short route recce) - 16th November 2010

Chiltern Kanter 2011 short route recce (Adrian Moody)