With a spring in our step and feeling that Spring was certainly in the air we set off from The Swan with Two Nicks PH in the centre of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. There were 23 people walking, including Paul on his first walk with the group.
Prior to leaving Ian B explained that the unusual name of the pub came from the custom of marking swan’s beaks during the Swan Upping wher two livery companies carried out a swan census and marked the swans beaks with one or two nicks depending on which company identified the swan concerned.
Also Ken C very generously donated a number of hi-vis waistcoats to the club for which we thank him.
Our walk took us through the churchyard of St Peter’s Church with a large memorial ‘chest’ to the Magniac family, Huguenots who traded in Asia.
Then, while going through an area of woodland called Castle Close, we passed a new totem pole.
This is full of carvings of insects and other little critters and apparently took 10 people to move into place.
Then it was into the Colworth estate now home to a large science park including Unilever research. This was reached via a pleasant woodland stretch where several pictures were taken and seasonal flowers were to be seen.
"Just can't get away from the paparazzi"
We walked all around, having a break at the railway bridge on the road going to Souldrop.
Plans were to make it as far as Souldrop Church but, with time pressing, we turned around here, reducing slightly the distance of the 6 mile walk.
This part of the walk was through another wooded area where we were overtaken by another group but as they were only doing 2.5 miles they were fresher than us.It also gave a good view of the new railway bridge in the distance.
The village was re-entered via one of the original gate houses to the estate which also attracted attention for the photographers in the group.
" Not him again!"
Margaret B joined us for lunch at the Swan with Two Nicks PH. Lunches were enjoyed and we heard no complaints – the chips certainly looked and smelt good.
Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading a most enjoyable walk in early Spring weather.
Thanks to also to Carna B for acting as back marker and providing this report and some of the photographs.
Thanks are also due to Roger K, Julie S and Caroline C for providing pictures.
Apologies for any pictures not used but viewers will have seen enough pictures featuring the chairman.