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in the wood

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sierra redwood

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tall trees

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town hall in woburn

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Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands walk

Woburn Abbey and its Safari Park (animals visible from the path) via many gentle hills

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Tue, 16-Jul-19

Date # Post
Wed, 03-Jul-19 7

Wednesday walk Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands - Back Wood, Woburn, Woburn Park and Safari Park

Book 1, Walk 17 - Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands

Length: 18.7 km (11.6 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

London Euston: 10--15 hrs West Midlands service to Crewe and Rugeley Trent Valley
Arrive Bletchley: 10-49 hrs Change trains
Leave Bletchley: 11-01 hrs Bedford service
Arrive Bow Brickhill: 11-08 hrs

Return: Woburn Sands to Euston via Bletchley: 16-26, 17-12, 18-12, 18-57 hrs
Aspley Guise: 3 mins earlier

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Woburn Sands


Mid-week walkers usually enjoy this walk in high summer. Leaving Bow Brickhill you soon find yourselves in Back Wood, which can be muddy, even after a dry spell. Leaving the wood, you walk besides Woburn Golf Course and head for the village of Woburn, where you stop for lunch. You have a choice of hotels and pubs in the village. The SWC stalwart is the Black Horse gastro pub. For more mundane (but perfectly good) fare, try The Bell Inn.
After lunch you soon walk through lovely Woburn Park with its herds of deer and head for the entrance to Woburn Safari Park. The public footpath takes you along the edge of the Safari Park, allowing you views of Bison, Zebra, Elephants and Giraffe, and later wallabies. You leave Woburn Park by its Crawley Lodge exit and walk uphill into the village of Aspley Guise. You can end your walk in this village by walking to its railway station (one stop up the line from Woburn Sands). Otherwise, you continue your walk via a golf course into the village of Woburn Sands, which contrary to its name, does not possess a beach. Refreshments at walk-end can be had at a Costa Coffee or the Station Hotel, which to everyone's surprise, is situated next to the railway station.
This walk seldom disappoints.
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7 of us for this walk on a lovely warm summers day, not oppressively hot as per the previous Saturday, just nice and warm, with the occasional breeze, T shirt and shorts weather for some.
The paths in Back Wood have now recovered from the severe damage caused by tree felling operations two plus years ago, and for once we encountered no mud in the wood.
The going was good all day and there were not too many overgrown sections or nettles to trouble the shorts wearers.
Three of us dined at the Bell Inn in Woburn, with perfectly acceptable meals arriving promptly, and before the sandwichers joined us for a drink.
After lunch one sensible gent decided to proceed at a more leisurely pace through Woburn Park we met him on the train home after he had diverted to Aspley Guise station.
The pink legs of the shorts wearers must have scared off the herds of deer usually to be seen in the main Park we didn't spot any, until we stumbled into two large stags taking a siesta magnificent chaps.
The footpath beside the Safari Park did not disappoint. Two inquisitive rhino came up quite close to the fence, to check us out, never having seen such pink legs before, and the elephants were showering themselves with dust, to cool off. The Rothschild giraffes were tending to their young, and the wallabies were enjoying themselves, again some with youngsters. Speaking of youngsters, my younger companions could not be persuaded to "Go Ape" and take to the hire wires, so instead we all left the Park by Crawley Lodge, to start the walk on the road uphill towards Aspley Guise. Entering the village two of our ladies upped their pace in order to catch the 16 23 hrs service from the local railway station: they just made it. Now down to a group of four, we headed for Woburn Sands, arriving just in time to have a cooling drink at the Station Hotel (pub) before taking the 17 12 hrs service back to Bletchley. The London bound train was packed but we all managed to find a seat and rest on the homeward journey.
Good travel, perfect summer walking weather, a lovely walk, good company, a good lunch stop, a Safari Park with inhabitants I've had worse SWC days.....
Wed, 15-Aug-18 9

Wednesday Walk - Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands - Back Wood, Woburn and Safari Park

Book 1, Walk 17 - Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands

Length: 18.7 km (11.6 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

London Euston: 10-13 hrs Birmingham New Street service
Arrive Bletchley: 10-49 hrs Change trains and platforms
Leave Bletchley: 11-01 hrs Bedford service
Arrive Bow Brickhill: 11-08 hrs

Return Woburn Sands to Euston via Bletchley: 15-26, 16-26, 17-12, 18-12 and 18-57 hrs
Return from Aspley Guise: 3 mins before Woburn Sands

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Woburn Sands


Leaving Bow Brickhill station you are soon walking through Back Wood which is slowly recovering from forestry works eighteen months ago which disgracefully ruined all the footpaths. Onwards then through a golf course to the town of Woburn, where you stop for lunch. Although the suggested place is the gastro pub-restaurant the Black Horse, I prefer the less pretentious and walker friendly Bell Inn.

After lunch you enjoy a long walk through Woburn Park. You can detour to Woburn Abbey but time on today's walk does not make a visit practicable (you would have to take an earlier train from London).

Leaving the main part of the Park the public footpath conveniently takes you along the side of the Safari Park, which allows the resident animals a good view of strange human walkers. Leaving the Woburn Estate you walk uphill through the village of Aspley Guise, where you can end your walk at its railway station. Otherwise, you continue via another golf course to Woburn Sands. The pub next to the railway station - the Station Hotel - makes for a pleasant tea stop before your return journey to London
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9 on this walk with most of us having to take taxis from Bletchley to the start of the walk after our train missed the connection to Bow Brickhill. So it goes.

the forest route looked a bit different from my earlier recollections with some open spaces and new planting but the trails were in pretty good nick.

I set the bar pretty low for pub food and sadly on this occasion the Bell Inn easily sailed under it. My fish pie just reached the threshold of edibility but the broccoli did not. Another walker had a sandwich bereft of either butter or margarine. Not a good experience and lets hope it was just an off day.

We ambled round the perimeter of the safari park, glimpsing a black bear and meeting Rajah the bull Indian elephant who obligingly approached us for photos. A helpful park warden identified some deer we walked close to in Woburn Park as Pere David deer which almost became extinct in the 20th century. They look a bit like red deer but are grey in colour with larger pointy antlers.

I find the stretch after leaving Woburn Park a bit boring and when we reached Apsley Guise one went to the nearby station while the rest of us continued on to Woburn Sands and drinks at the nearby pub and Costa.

Back at Euston 3 of us enjoyed a delicious glass of dry cider at the Euston Tap whilst waiting for the commuter numbers to reduce. A fine day out with the weather w= cloudy humid and dry.

Tue, 12-Sep-17 6

Woburn Abbey - and a free peek at its Safari Park

Book 1, Walk 17 - Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands

Length: 18.7 km (11.6 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

London Euston: 10-13 hrs Birmingham New Street service
Arrive Bletchley: 10-49 hrs
Leave Bletchley: 11-01 hrs Bedford service
Arrive Bow Brickhill: 11-08 hrs.

Return: Woburn Sands to Euston via Bletchley: 15-26, 16-26, 17-12 and 18-12 hrs
Return Aspley Guise to Euston via Bletchley: 3 mins before Woburn Sands

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Woburn Sands

Shortly after leaving Bow Brickhill station you find yourselves in Back Wood. Recent walkers on today's sister walk - Bow Brickhill to Leighton Buzzard (coming up for mid-week walkers on Wednesday 25 October) report the paths through the wood which were badly churned up by forestry work last year are passable, which is good news. But if we have a wet early autumn progress through the wood might be hard work.
After the wood you walk through a golf course and across country to Woburn, where you stop for lunch. A favourite with SWC walkers is the Black Horse, a gastro pub, although I prefer the more homely Bell Hotel and Inn, further down the Bedford Street.
After lunch you walk through Woburn Park, with its herds of deer. You can detour to Woburn Abbey if you wish, but unless you plan to visit the Abbey, it is a long diversion and its easiest to retrace your steps before continuing on the walk. At the end of the park you come out at the entrance to Woburn Safari Park. As you won't be in a car, you will not be allowed in ! No matter, Baldrick has devised a cunning plan for you - a public path which runs beside the perimeter of the Safari Park, allowing free peeks at the residents (bison, zebra, buck, elephants, giraffe, wallabies and more).
Leaving Woburn Park you walk through the village of Aspley Guise, where if you wish you can end your walk at its station. But I usually continue on to Woburn Sands (although I have yet to discover its beach) for tea at the Station Hotel, next to the small railway station.
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for any newcomers to this fine walk the public right of way takes you past the fairly new Indian elephant enclosure so with any luck you should be able to get a rare SWC elephant photo.
6 on today's walk, intermittently sunny but warm and no rain. Paths through Back Wood were fine (some remedial work after last year's tree felling and demolition of paths having taken place) and mud levels nil to low. Onwards then into Woburn Golf Course and by Charle Wood to Woburn, where 4 of us enjoyed an excellent, good value lunch at the Bell Inn.
The sun came out again as we progressed through Woburn Park, where some fierce looking stags sun bathed in and around a pond. Further into the Park we came to the entrance to the Safari Park and its inhabitants (Asian and African elephants, rhino, buck, giraffe, zebra, wallabies and more) observed us walking along the public path next to their homes. I hope they enjoyed the view.
On reaching Aspley Guise one of us made straight for the railway station to catch the 16 23 hrs train, leaving the five to head for Woburn Sands and tea at the Station Hotel, before we caught the on time 17 12 hrs train back to London via Bletchley.
A fine walk and lovely day on the glorious side of glorious.
Sat, 26-Mar-16 4

Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands

t=1.17 Length: 18.7km (11.6m)
Toughness: 6/10
Transport: Leave London Euston at 10:13, change at Bletchley to arrive at Bow Brickhill at 11:12
Return from Woburn Sands at 17:11, 18:11, 18:54, 19:54, 20:12, ...

From the description:
Woburn is the main delight of this walk – the ancient town itself, the deer park, Woburn Abbey and the Safari Park (from the public footpath, without paying admission, you may be able to see brown bears, zebras, buck, bison, elephants, giraffes, rhino and wallabies). The route reaches Woburn mainly through woods and via a golf course, with some impressive redwood trees along the way. After the Safari Park the route is through the pleasant village of Aspley Guise then on to Woburn Sands. Short bits of this walk can be very muddy in wet weather and there are (relatively easy) uphills and downhills all day. Be careful not to allow dogs to disturb deer in Woburn Park, particularly when they are rutting or giving birth – the deer may leave their newborn calves or give birth prematurely.

4 walkers in cloudy with occasional drizzles conditions. The group almost immediately split up in 2 fast and 2 slow walkers. The fast walkers very soon got lost in Black Wood due to careless reading of the directions. The ingenious plan not to backtrack but to attempt to intercept the correct path led to an hour long search along various paths in the woods until finally and miraculously the Golf Club House appeared in front of them and the directions could be resumed. A delightful and speedily served lunch was had in the Black Horse before the walk passed through the grounds of Woburn Abbey where kites and red deer could be seen. Shortly afterwards, when following the perimeter of the safari park, zebras, water buffaloes, elephants (with baby), rhinos, wallabies and ostriches were sighted. A relaxing tea at the Station Restaurant concluded this nice walk. The fate of the 2 slow walkers in unknown.
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