Pete's Walks - Kensworth Quarry path

I did this walk on Tuesday, 16th June 2009. It was a lovely day for a walk, but as I had an appointment at 1pm I could only manage to go out in the afternoon. I took the path from the small industrial estate in Kensworth, which crosses a valley and bears left to reach the quarry path. I turned left, and did a complete clockwise circuit of the quarry path, returning to Kensworth the way I'd come.

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The path from the small industrial estate in Kensworth to the Quarry path

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The path around Kensworth Quarry - initially there is a large arable field between the path and the quarry

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The quarry path, here running parallel to Isle of Wight Lane (behind the hedgerow on the left)

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The drive to the quarry - the young trees on the right were planted by schoolchildren to commemorate the centenary of the chalk company

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The quarry path beyond the drive, heading towards Dunstable Downs

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The quarry path, just after the turning to the Downs

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The quarry path - I saw lots of Pyramidal Orchids and a few Common Spotted Orchids along here

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Looking across Kensworth Quarry - I believe it is the biggest chalk quarry in the country. The chalk is pumped in solution to Rugby, about fifty miles away.

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The quarry path

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Another view across the quarry

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The quarry path near Dunstable, which is downhill on the left

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Looking across a section of the quarry - the path continues this side of the line of trees

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The quarry path - this section was new, cutting a corner by Church End. I found a solitary Grass Vetchling here.

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The new section of path rejoins the old just before the corner of the wood

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Almost at the end of the circuit of the quarry path, looking across the path I took to and from Kensworth.

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The path back to Kensworth, along the bottom of Codling Bank

The walk took two hours and twenty minutes, probably because I took 70-80 photographs. I was delighted to find the Grass Vetchling here in Kensworth, only the third place I've ever seen one of these delicate flowers. Another highlight was seeing a white form of Herb Robert, something I'd not seen before. I saw several Large Skippers and Speckled Woods, plus a Brimstone and a Common Blue. There were also several Six-spot Burnet moths about.