Distance - 11.12km
Time Taken - 2hrs 25mins
Assent - 83m
The excuses for not walking could last no longer (I was recovering from the SWCP...honest) and with another stunning day forecast I thought I should get back out there. I remembered to use some sunblock this time but could of done with a hat! Today's walk was into the unknown of North Bedfordshire. I just never got round to coming up here, there isn't much in the way of anything to drag me up here.
The small villages are nice and quiet and in many ways represent traditional rural England, bit old, bit new, bit thatched. Yelden (Also spent Yeilden and Yeldon depending on which road sign you see, no really it has no official spelling...add a bit eccentric to the list!) is a quiet village with just 1 pub and the remains of a Motte and Baillie castle. See only in England could the remains of a castle be so nondescript!
|The Motte, ramparts and moat.|
The sky remained cloudless throughout and to be honest I (yet again) underestimated how warm it was. A hat would of been nice! I saw a couple of dog walkers but on the whole was left to my thoughts and my map.
The walk led through Meltchbourne Park and had nice views of Melchbourne House, an old stately home with what looked to be extensive grounds back in it's prime.
|Never seen this in a wood before...|
Despite being cleaned up after the war it was as late as 1988 before a proper clean up happened (they found Gas bombs still on the site.) however even with modern methods some of the site is still full of nasties! The woods all seem to have concrete pathways (some now bridleways) running through them, showing how extensive this bomb dump was.