Pete's Walks - Stockgrove, Woburn Sands, the Brickhills (page 1 of 2)

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

I did this roughly 12-mile walk on Saturday 26th June 2010. Click here to see a rough map of the walk (but only if you have already read my disclaimer and notes regarding maps). This was more or less a repeat of a walk I first did last August. It was a very hot day, and I decided before I set off that I would take a couple of slight shortcuts from that route (I've marked them as alternatives on the Google map).

I started walking about 9.40am from the car park at Stockgrove Country Park, near Leighton Buzzard. I first followed a grassy meadow through a shallow tree-lined valley, then entered the woods of Rammamere Heath. Here I saw lots of Lesser Stitchwort - I would se far more of this plant today than on any other walk I've done. I also came across some Greater Stitchwort still in flower, which rather surprised me as it's quite late for it not to have gone to seed. There was also a lot of Red Campion, another plant I'd see a lot of on this walk. Beyond the woods I reached Rammamere Farm, where I turned right and followed the edge of a huge cattle pasture. Turning left in the field corner, I crossed a couple of meadows (where I saw my first Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies of the year) to reach the A5.

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The start of the walk, from opposite the car park at Stockgrove Country Park

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Path through Rammamere Heath

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The path from Rammamere Farm

Across the A5 a path led through a couple of bean fields to a road. A hundred yards or so to the left I took a path called Nun Lane, soon heading back into more woods (Nun Wood, Buttermilk Wood and Lowe's Wood). I spotted some Ragged Robin here, and some faded Bugle. After about a mile I crossed a road and walked through part one of the three courses at Woburn Golf Club. After another very short section of road walking, I joined a sandy track going slightly east of north towards Woburn Sands.

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Path immediately east of the A5

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The start of Nun Lane

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Nun Lane, in Lowe's Wood

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Path near Woburn Golf Course

After a while I took some paths to the left of the sandy track, exploring a little of Aspley Heath, It was here I took my first shortcut, missing out an area criss-crossed by Mountain Bike tracks and rejoining the track as it became a roughly-surfaced lane leading into Woburn Sands. I was quickly in and out of the town, soon finding myself on a pleasant path leading back to the woods.

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Path on Aspley Heath

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Start of the first shortcut I took, avoiding an area of mountain-bike trails on Aspley Heath

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The track into Woburn Sands

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The path out of Woburn Sands

I was soon passing through a very sandy area covered mainly with bracken, before I entered Brown's Wood, close to the site of the Danesborough iron-age hill fort. A fairly straight forward path led on for a mile or so through mainly coniferous trees, heading south-west towards Bow Brickhill. I think I went slightly wrong again as I approached the road into the village, but did join the road at the right point this time, having been a hundred yards or so out when I first came this way.

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Approaching Brown's Wood

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Path through Brown's Wood (Danesbourough hill fort is just to the left)

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Path between Brown's Wood and Bow Brickhill

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Entering Bow Brickhill