Book 1, Walk 17 - Bow Brickhill to Woburn Sands
Length: 18.7 km (11.6 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10
: 10-13 hrs Birmingham New Street service
: 10-49 hrs
Leave Bletchley: 11-01 hrs Bedford service
Arrive Bow Brickhill
: 11-08 hrs.
Return: Woburn Sands
via Bletchley: 15-26, 16-26, 17-12 and 18-12 hrs
Return Aspley Guise
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.
Walk directions here: L=1.17