Pete's Walks - Kensworth and everywhere in the snow (part 1)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

Click here to see a rough map of the walk (but only if you have already read my disclaimer and notes regarding maps) - note that on this occasion I walked 'alternative 2' shown on the map.

I did this walk on Tuesday 3rd February 2009. We had  just had the heaviest snowfall here for almost 20 years and I made the most of the conditions by doing my ‘Kensworth and everywhere’ walk  (see here for a fuller description of the walk in normal weather conditions).  The advantage of this walk is that I can cut it short at numerous points as it is never more than a few miles from my home. I didn’t expect to do the whole walk, as I thought 15 miles through snow would be tiring, but in the end I did do the full walk.

It was very sunny as I set off just before 10am, and remained so until about midday. I took lots of snowy photos as I followed Hollicks Lane to  Church End, then followed the Quarry path round to Dunstable Downs. I got talking to three different people as I walked round the quarry, the conditions making everyone unusually friendly and willing to talk to strangers.

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Common Road, Kensworth, in the snow

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The path besides Hollicks Lane - there were children sledging on the opposite slope

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Looking west along the valley behind Kensworth

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The top of Hollicks Lane

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Hollicks Lane approaching Church End

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Kensworth church

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The path behind Kensworth church

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The short path that connects to the long circular Quarry path

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Just after I  joined the Quarry path

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Kensworth Quarry in the snow

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The Quarry path

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Another view of Kensworth quarry in the snow

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Dunstable, from the Quarry path

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The Quarry path

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The Quarry path

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The path beside the golf course approaching Dunstable Downs