Pete's Walks - Stockgrove and Little Brickhill (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 very roughly 9.5 mile circular walk on Saturday, 4th August, 2012. I set out to repeat my 13-mile Stockgrove, The Brickhills, Woburn Sands walk, but cut it short because of heavy rain. I did the walk clockwise. I have marked the short cut as Alternative 3 on the map. The circular walk using Alternative 3 is probably about 7.5 miles, but I also walked 1 mile each way along the section immediately past the start of Alternative 3, giving a total distance of about 9.5 miles.

We are having a "Walking For Wellness" competition at work during the London Olympics - we have each paid 5 to enter and the money will go to the charity of choice of the team (three people per team) who walk the most steps. We have each been equipped with a very cheap (and unreliable) pedometer to measure the number of steps - more on that later!

I parked at the car park for Stockgrove Country Park (it now costs 2 to park here, there used to be a voluntary 1 fee) and started walking about 9.20. I took the footpath that starts from the road just next to the car park, immediately forking left alongside a left-hand fence, and continued on through the woods of the Country Park. I went straight ob through a gate where another fence came in from the right, continuing through the trees on a clear path until I emerged just to the right of the Heath and Reach British legion building. Here I turned right onto a path that immediately took me back into the woods of the Country Park again. I followed this path for about three quarters of a mile until I reached the western edge of the woods.

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The path going south from the Stockgrove Country Park car park

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The path going south from the Stockgrove Country Park car park

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The footpath heading west through Stockgrove Country Park

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The footpath heading west through Stockgrove Country Park

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The footpath heading west through Stockgrove Country Park

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The footpath heading west through Stockgrove Country Park

I turned right, and headed north along the edge of the woods, initially with fields close by on my left. Beyond a pond on my right I had trees on both sides of me again, and I was now in Oak Wood. After about half a mile through the wood, I emerged onto a track and then a lane leading into the village of Great Brickhill.

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The path going north, along the western edge of Stockgrove Country Park (or Rushmere Park, it seems to use both names somewhat indiscriminitely)

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A pond by a corner of Oak Wood

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The path continuing through Oak Wood

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The path continuing through Oak Wood

I turned left at a T-junction, then turned right at another junction after a few yards, before forking right almost immediately into Pound Hill. After a quarter of a mile, almost on the edge of a village, I turned right onto the drive for Home Farm, continuing past the farm on a hedge-lined track that brought me to Duncombe Wood. A path led through the wood to a road (leading into Little Brickhill, to my left). I crossed the road and a few yards further on carefully crossed the A5 dual carriageway.

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The road through Great Brickhill

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The drive to Home Farm

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The track continuing northeast from Home Farm

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The path through Duncombe Wood

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The path through Duncombe Wood