Today, the walk was rather dominated by the wet weather, which unfortunately didn't let up. 13 rain-hardy people walked the 5.5 miles along lanes, across fields and through woods in Bedfordshire.
From Upper Dean we went to Swineshead via generally wide paths alongside fields but, at one point across a sticky oil-seed rape field. The terrain is undulating and the views on a nice day would have been good from the higher points. Still, today we could see Swineshead Church spire quite prominently a fair distance away, but it was some time before we were passing it and starting to make our way up again. We went along byways passing Swineshead and Spanoak Woods (both open and managed by the Woodland Trust). We used a path just inside Spanoak Wood to avoid the many large puddles on the main path.
After a brief stop, we continued along more byways to another high point before completing the circuit by coming down into Upper Dean near to the Church. We were pleased to return to get dry again and maybe another time, if not raining, we would have time to admire the views of the open, rolling countryside more.
I think it is fair to say that people enjoyed the food at The Three Compasses - it was nicely presented, tasty, good value and came out promptly. We thank them for opening specially for us.
Look forward to seeing you at the next Thursday walk hopefully,
All best wishes,
Carna and Ian.
Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this walk and providing this report.
Also a special thank you to those brave souls who took part and most certainly cannot be called fair weather walkers.