Pete's Walks - Kensworth, Studham, Whipsnade

I did this walk on Friday, 27th February 2009. I was still not feeling 100%, with a lot of congestion on my chest, so I just did a fairly short local walk this morning, visiting a few of the neighbouring villages.

I took my usual route to Holywell, via the Whipsnade road and Dovehouse Lane.

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The path from the Whipsnade Road to Dovehouse Lane

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Dovehouse lane

For a change, I walked through Holywell itself and then took the footpath to Studham church. Just outside Holywell there were two Hares in the centre of a large stubble field. As I got near Studham church, I saw two Lapwings, a distant mixed flock of Rooks and Jackdaws, and a small flock of Yellowhammers.

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The path from Holywell to Studham church

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Looking back from near Studham church

I walked through the woods near the church and across fields to Whipsnade Golf Course. I crossed about five fairways and took the path along the edge of Whipsnade Zoo - there was a large flock of Lapwings in one of the zoo paddocks, and I heard a Skylark (as I did in two or three other places today).

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Looking back to Studham church from the path to Church Grove

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The path through Church Grove

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The path to Whipsnade Golf Course

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The path to Whipsnade Golf Course

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The path beside the zoo fence

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Two very cute Wallabies, residents of Whipsnade Zoo

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An old hollow oak tree by the zoo fence

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Another cute zoo resident - one of several hundred Chinese Water Deer

I followed the old lane from Holywell to Whipsnade, and took the path to Whipsnade church.  On the way back to Kensworth I explored parts of Whipsnade Heath that Id not visited since I was a child.

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The former lane from Holywell to Whipsnade

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Some signs of wildflowers at last - the large leaves are Cuckoo-pint, the smaller ones Herb Robert

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The picnic area at Whipsnade Heath

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The footpath from Whipsnade Heath approaching Common Road, Kensworth, at Green End Farm