Book 1 Walk 17 (in reverse) Plus Book 1 Walk 41 = Woburn Sands to Leighton Buzzard
Distance: 15ish miles/24ish km for the combo with shorter option of 11.6 miles/18.7km by finishing in Bow Brickhill (i.e. doing the classic Book 1 walk 17 in reverse). t=1.17
Difficulty: 6 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:24 AM Northampton bound train from London Euston, changing at Bletchley (arriving 10:12; departing 10:17) arriving at Woburn Sands at 10:41. Return trains from Leighton Buzzard are at 08, 34 and 54 past the hour until quite late and from Bow Brickhill 31 minutes past usually, except for 17:26 with the last sensible train at 18.31. Buy a day return to Woburn Sands.
So, this will be a bit of an adventure. I have been eyeing combing these two walks for a while and I guess this is the time….as a northern walk was needed to balance out the weekend’s current offerings. The two routes meet at a corner in Broomhills Woods. I thought the combination of routes offered an interesting mix of woodland, deer park, historic abbey, safari park and canal…..You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions/route here and here. Since we will be doing Walk 17 in reverse, I would suggest bringing a print-out of the map or a GPX file….
The suggested lunch spot is the Black Horse pub in Woburn. There are a few other options available in Woburn of this one is full. Afternoon refreshments can be had at the Globe Inn along the canal approach to Leighton Buzzard.
Enjoy the walk!