Turvey walk landscape.

Turvey Bedfordshire walk.

9.5mile - easy going very flat - country paths - small amount of safe B road walking .

Lovely walk in the county of Bedfordshire centred around the old village of Turvey, starting on the old bridge over the river Ouse. The original bridge is supposed to be one of the oldest crossings agross the Ouse and dates from 1136 the present bridge still has some of the old bridge in it. The bridge today dates from a rebuild in 1785 and again in 1820, Turvey Bridge is 600 foot long (183 metres) and made of local grey stone. It has eleven arches which range between 10ft 9in (3.3m) and 20ft 3in (6.2m). Next to the old bridge you will find the public house The three fishes and sitting out in the beer garden is fantastic on a lovely sunny day, such as we had for the walk. The walk is mainly around well kept paths alongside fields and small woods and offers big sky views. There are a few landmarks along the way and after you pass the bridge you will pass Turvey Abbey, but this walk is mostly peace and quiet. Make sue you visit Nells well opposite ladybridge terrace, this well supplied villagers with water from the 1600's right up to 1960 when modern water testing shut it down due to regulations. It has a stone plaque above it with the following quotation

"O fountain pure, whose spring so sure
Has never yet run dry:
Thy water tells of deeper wells
Which living springs supply.
Thy spring, though pure, no thirst can cure,
Who drinks will drink in vain:
Go, neighbour, try that deep supply:
Thou ne’er shalt thirst again”.

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Turvey Walk.