Distance - 5.78 Miles
Ascent - 96 metres
My first challenge walk in the UK! Thought I'd do an easy walk in north Beds. Starting in Harrold country park with easy parking it should be and easy wander round the countryside. It was not too cold, not raining and generally all was good for the day.
Surprisingly I found the walking tougher than it should be. After Jordan I had been a little under the weather and as I write this I can confirm that i'm ill! It was actually a nice (on the whole) and gentle walk through nice ancient woodland.
Starting in the country park the walk disects 2 lakes with plenty of wildlife (Swans and ducks, yes I'm a real bird spotter!). The park opens up into the small village of Odell before moving on towards the Odell Great Wood. This area of ancient woodland was very quiet and peaceful. It was a bit damp underfoot but nothing too worrisome.
|Tree lined evenue towards the Great Wood.|
The path soon leaves the wood and heads onto Yelnow Lane. This B.O.A.T was badly rutted and waterlogged. It was slippy underfoot and the deep ruts left small narrow ridges to walk along. Signs further along the lane indicated that the lane had been closed to traffic all summer due to the waterlogging and damage, but it had clearly been used by motorbikes or quads.
After the woods the route took me back towards Harold where the path in places led through new housing. Following a nice clear stream it was noticeable that none of the houses (or the design of the estate) opened up onto the stream. The path was flanked by high wooden fences of the gardens, I just didn't get it, why ignore a lovely stream? Oh well!
(yes I know I'm out of sync but this walk was fresh in memory!)