Pete's Walks - Kensworth and Totternhoe (page 1 of 2)

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Google map of the walk

Happy New Year! For my first walk of 2010 (on Saturday, 2nd January) I chose an old favourite, my local walk from Kensworth to Totternhoe and back, a distance of about 13 miles.

I set off from my home in Kensworth about 9.30am, going the short distance down Common Road to the start of Hollicks Lane. It was very cold and icy - my parents thought there had been a slight dusting of snow, but I wasn't sure whether it was just a very hard frost. I took the path beside the lane up and down the steep valley north of the village, and continued along the lane to Church End. I took the path behind the church and then joined the path around the huge Kensworth quarry.

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Looking east from near the start of Hollicks Lane, Kensworth

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Looking west from near the start of Hollicks Lane, Kensworth

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Church End, Kensworth

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The path behind Kensworth church

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Kensworth quarry - I would follow the path round to the right, to about as far as the tallest tree on the horizon (left)

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The quarry path, near Dunstable

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The quarry path

It was bright and sunny, so the views from Dunstable Downs were pretty good today. There weren't too many people walking about the downs, but I saw several Paragliders as I made my way northwards to the Five Knolls. I then took the broad path down to Dunstable, crossed Tring Road and continued along Green Lane.

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View from Dunstable Downs, looking over the London Gliding Club to the Vale of Aylesbury

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Paragliders on Dunstable Downs

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Some of the Five Knolls (ancient burial mounds) on Dunstable Downs

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The path down the northern tip of the downs to Dunstable

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Green Lane, Dunstable

Shortly after Green Lane had left Dunstable, I turned right on a path heading for the hamlet of Sewell. I saw a Fieldfare here, apparently on its own which is unusual. I followed the path to the edge of Sewell, then continued on towards Totternhoe. The deep ruts in the track contained many puddles that were frozen over.

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Path between Dunstable and Sewell

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Near Sewell

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The path from Sewell to Totternhoe

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An ice-covered puddle between Sewell and Totternhoe