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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Wednesday Walk - Sandy to Biggleswade or Circular

Length:  19.6 km (12.2 mi)  [26.1/16.3 for the circular walk]
Ascent/Descent:  146/140 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours [5 ¼ for the circular walk]
Toughness:  3 out of 10 
Take the 10.22 train from King’s Cross to Peterborough (Finsbury Park [Victoria and Piccadilly Lines] 10.28, Stevenage 10.47), arrives Sandy 11.08.
Return trains: 15.54, 16.20, 16.54, 17.19, 17.57, 18.32 etc. (from 43 minutes journey time, trains leave Sandy 4 minutes earlier). Buy a Sandy return ticket.

This Bedfordshire walk, although leading through an area of large arable fields, is no slogging through crops or over ploughed land . The walk is mainly flat and before lunch mainly follows the Greensand Ridge Walk. The route is a mix of attractive broad grassy tracks along field edges and woodland trails. Along the way you will see a number of information boards telling you about the animals, trees and plants you may see around you. Binoculars are useful as the area is rich in bird-life and a healthy population of muntjac deer and brown hares. You visit two lovely villages – Northill and Old Warden – which both have excellent pubs. Just after lunch follows a short climb into Warden Warren woods. There are no stiles on the main walk or the long circular walk back to Sandy.

Lunch: The Crown in Northill (5.3 km/3.3 mi) or The Hare and Hounds  in Old Warden (12.1 km/7.5 mi, food to 14.30). Tea: Various options, recommended is the Surfin' Cafe .

For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.264

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