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20th May 2012

A 9.5 Mile walk around the Woburn estate, and the villages of Ridgmont and Eversholt.
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Our last walk before we attempt Scafell Pike in the lake district, and more training for all of us before Ben Nevis in September. Kirsty & Ade again come along for the day and we decided to go into the Woburn estate and the surrounding villages and countryside. The start of this walk was in the Town of Woburn where we found a free car park SP950331. From there we headed along Stump cross and skirted around the Safari park, it was strange seeing Elephants and Bison on this walk and at one point we got close to a herd of bison however a large fence was in-between.
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We then headed along to the village of Ridgmont where we got onto the Greensand Ridge walk, This is a 40 Mile walk from Leighton Buzzard and finishes in Gamlingay. It was along this route we come across the ruins of All saints church (SP982357), this little church was abandoned in 1855 when a new church was built in the village of Ridgemont the oldest part of the church has been dated to the11th Century. The next village we crossed was Eversholt, this village is in the doomsday book . The greensand Ridge walk then runs along by Woburn Abbey The Abbey was originally founded in 1145 as a Cistercian abbey. It was taken by Henry VIII and given to John Russel the 1st earl of Bedford. At the time of this update to the site the cost to go in is about £13.50 but I can't comment on the inside, as I have never been, but I will put it onto the list of places to visit. The estate is full of Deer, with many types roaming around the grounds of about 3000 acres. We saw large herds of Barasingha or Swamp Deer, and some red deer very close up, in total 9 different species of deer are present in the park, goto this site for more info.