Please note that this walk has been planned with children in mind. Everyone is welcome to join the walk, but please bear in mind that its intended to be a more gentle stroll for members with children who would like to encourage their children away from the Xbox and other tedious electronic devices etc ;-)
Everyone should be able to walk the entire distance specified.
The walk will be relatively flat with the odd small hill with 6 miles/9.8 kms prior to lunch in Woburn. A further 3.5 miles/5 kms will follow lunch and get us back to Woburn Sands.
The walk will take us via Husborne Crawley and then around Woburn Safari Park from where we have in the past seen Elephants, Lions, Wolves, Buffalo, Camels etc (all without the entrance fee). After the Safari Park we will enter Woburn Deer Park with large herds of deer in a magnificent country park with its lakes.
Lunch will be a pub lunch served at the Black Horse. I will endeavour to have a menu so that you can pre select food on the train to ensure a speedy service when we arrive. If you prefer to take your own lunch I am sure they will be OK if you eat it in the beer garden.
Typical Sunday lunch menu and prices;
Menu : http://www.peach-events.co.uk/Customisation/6TheBlackHorse/Menus-SeasonalMenu.pdf
Woburn was found in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is best known as the location of Woburn Abbey (a stately home), founded by Cistercian monks in 1145 and granted to the first Earl of Bedford in 1538 after the dissolution of the monasteries, and Woburn Safari Park. Then, during the English Civil War, the Cavaliers burned down much of the village and in 1724 a third fire destroyed much of the town, which was re-built in the Georgian style that remains today.
During the nineteenth century, Woburn was an important staging post on a nationwide coaching network. The town had 27 inns and the first 24 hour post office outside of London. However there are not as many inn or pubs remaining for our lunch.
DISTANCE - 15 km (9 miles) approx.
We will allow approximately 4 hours for walking, depending upon the speed of the group and excluding any breaks.
MEETUP POINT – Outside the main ticket office at London Euston Station
MEETUP TIME - 9.45 am (be punctual).
TRAIN DEPARTS – 10.10 am (with or without you)
WALK DEPARTS – 11.25 am from Ridgmont Station
DESTINATION – Returning from Woburn Sands
DRIVERS - Park at Ridgmont Station and arrive by 11.22. You will need to get the train from Woburn Sands to Ridgmont at the end of the walk in order to return to your car.
LUNCH - We will have a pub lunch over halfway in the walk at the Black Horse which is a lovely 18th eighteenth century terraced frontage pub behind which belies a Tardis-like interior in which the cosy bar, lined with old leather-upholstered settees, leads on to a restaurant beyond.
Through the carriage arch to the side, lies a secluded courtyard garden – a secret well worth discovering as The Independent on Sunday said when they popped in!
A copy of the menu will be available on the train to pre order the food.
If you do change your plans please update your RSVP so others can take advantage of the walk. Thank you for your understanding.
Please bring snacks and water to keep you going. I'll probably have another cake or two...
TRAVEL & COSTS -£11.00 (Group Saver4 return), £20.60 (day return).
We will take the 10.13 service from Euston to Ridgmont Station, changing at Bletchley and then arrives 63 mins later. The price is £11.00 return with the GroupSave 4 option.
Please allow funds for the pub lunch.
When you buy a GroupSave 4 ticket you need to travel out and return in the same 4 group to ensure validity of the ticket. The GroupSave price option is not guaranteed, and you may have to pay a more expensive ticket.
Punctuality generally ensures a higher probability to take advantage of the cheapest offer.
The £5 donation per adult.
It's frustrating for everyone when there are people on the waitlist and others choose to book onto an event then No Show
The donation will be entirely used towards the training for the hike leaders to ensure better skilled hike leaders in the future and to cover any costs incurred.
- Waterproof waking boots
- Waterproof jacket and trousers if you have them, after all this is England and it’s known to rain sometimes.
- Suitable trousers, not jeans unless you love being cold and wet once it rains and don’t mind having your pleas for sympathy, because you are wet and cold, ignored.
- Water & snacks to keep you going until lunch
- Cash for rail tickets, donation and money for lunch.
- Sense of fun and patience
* Denotes that no guarantee is made for the sighting of any animals.
It is impossible to state a specific return time as it depends on weather conditions, the general pace of the group and other unplanned factors. Those who decide to join the hike, please consider yourself committed for the entire day.