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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Sunday Walk: Leagrave to Harlington (shorter walk)

Leagrave to Harlington, via Sharpenhoe Clappers
Length: 17.3km (10.7 miles) Toughness: 3/10

This fine walk in central Bedfordshire starts near the source of the River Lea and runs through meadows, solitary hills, ancient woodlands, steep chalk escarpments and Neolithic hill forts to the hilltop village of Harlington.

Since today’s other walk is a lengthy one, I’m posting the shorter version of this walk, which omits the Barton Hills but goes instead through the Sharpenhoe Clappers chalk escarpment, with superb views over the plain below. Those with an urge to do the full walk (23.1km) can, of course, do so.

The only lunchtime pub on the Sharpenhoe Clappers route is The Chequers Inn (01582 882072) in the village of Streatley. As always on a Sunday, it’s advisable to ring ahead to reserve a table.

Trains:
10:19 Bedford train from St Pancras (West Hampstead 10:26), arriving at Leagrave at 11:01. Due to track works in central London today, northbound Thameslink trains are starting from St Pancras and are not serving London Bridge, Blackfriars, etc.

Return trains direct from Harlington to St Pancras are at xx:06 and xx:36. (journey time 48 minutes). Buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Harlington.

You can find further information and a link to the walk directions
here.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

5 got off the train and started the walk. Weather was nice and sunny, and we opted for the short walk. 4 went for lunch into Chequers Inn, 1 brought sandwiches and opted for the church courtyard.
At the end of the walk 4 of us stayed for a drink (and some very nice chocolate cheesecake) in The Carpenters Arms. At the station met another walker who missed the morning train, so 6 in total.

Anonymous said...

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