Pete's Walks - Lilley to Barton-le-Clay walk (page 1 of 6)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 14.5 miles on Saturday, 5th January, 2019. It was a repeat of my Lilley-Barton walk, one of my all-time favourites - today I walked the route clockwise (and as usual I followed the alternatives shown on my Google map).

I parked opposite the pub in Lilley (down a side-road near the church, grid reference TL118264) and started walking about 9:25am. I continued down the narrow road and on out of the village, the road becoming a byway (named Wardswood Lane) at some point. It ran between hedges either side, reaching Ward's Wood after about half a mile, where it turned left and then right following the edge of the wood. A little way after passing the end of the wood, I turned left at a track crossroads and headed south for over half a mile with first a hedge and then Whitehill Wood on my left. The track climbed uphill beside the wood, and at the top of the slope I turned right at another track crossroads (there was a view over Luton looking straight ahead here).

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The lane out of Lilley (which becomes Wardswood Lane)

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Wardswood Lane (a byway, at least initially)

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Wardswood Lane

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Wardswood Lane passing Ward's Wood

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Wardswood Lane (I turned left behind the hedgerow going left)

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The bridleway going left from Wardswood Lane (the wood is Whitehill Wood)

This bridleway followed a hedge on my left. When It turned half-right I took a footpath going half-left. This was soon following another hedge on my left and dropping slightly downhill. After a while it then turned right, and a few yards further on I parted from it where it turned left at a gate, going straight on quite steeply uphill beside a fence on my right to reach the top of Warden Hill.

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The bridleway after I turned right after passing Whitehill Wood

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The path forking left from the bridleway, heading to Warden Hill

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The path approaching Warden Hill

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The top of Warden Hill

After admiring the views I went through a wooden gate and continued on over the hill, initially following a fence on my right. When the fence turned right I continued straight on across the scrub-covered hill. After a while the path dropped downhill, with Galley Hill now in view ahead of me, to reach another gate and a bridleway.

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View over Luton from Warden Hill

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The path over Warden Hill

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The path over Warden Hill

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The path over Warden Hill

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The path over Warden Hill, looking towards Galley Hill

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The path over Warden Hill, looking towards Galley Hill