Sandy & Everton (10.5 Miles Circular Walk)

This walk explores the countryside between the market town of Sandy and the village of Everton, following part of the Greensand Ridge Walk. The walk passes through pasture parkland and woodland, offering fine views and passing interesting features.

I have added just under a mile to this walk, basically taking a longer route through the RSPB grounds, no four legged friends even on a lead are allowed through the RSPB grounds, but there is a public footpath that leads back to Sandy. 

Start/Finish: High Street Car Park, Sandy SG19 1AG

Distance: 10.5 miles

Toilets: Entrance to High Street Car Park (I checked this morning, 31st March and these particular toilets are not open on a Sunday! There will be two short breaks during our walk, 1st pub in Everton and 2nd Cafe/Shop at RSPB Entrance

Contact: Ian on mobile[masked] 

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Roman Sandy 

There is evidence of a settlement in the Sandy area from atleast the middle Iron Age suggesting that early Sandy wouldhave been a self-sufficient farming settlement using theplentiful water supply as a resource. Excavations haverevealed remains of a roundhouse and pottery has beenrecovered in the cemetery and allotments area.The town gained importance when the Romans arrived in AD 43 and grew up around a Mansio (mansion) on the Romanroad that ran from Baldock in Hertfordshire to Godmanchesterin Cambridgeshire and developed to meet the needs of theRoman Imperial Post system. This was a network ofmessengers and later of relay posts, where the samemessenger could change horses and continue the journey.The collapse of the Roman Empire and withdrawal of theRomans from Britain in 410 AD would have initiated the returnof Sandy to its agricultural roots.A large number of Roman remains have been found in Sandy,and it seems likely that it was once a thriving Romansettlement. Some of the remains are on display at SandyTown Council Offices.

The Pinnacle 

The Pinnacle is owned by the Pym family and is leased toSandy Town Council. The outcrop of the Greensand Ridgethat was formed about 125 million years ago is 300 feet abovesea level and provides excellent views over the Ivel Valley.‘Caesar’s Camp’ near the Pinnacle is the site of a British hillfort of Pre-Roman origin.

Tempsford

Tempsford Airfield was built in 1941 and during World War IIwas used as a base for Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.)agents. The airfield was closed to the RAF in 1947, and is stillintact. The field barn beside the bridleway, once formed part ofGibraltar Farm and remains as a memorial to those agentswho took part in many dangerous operations in occupiedEurope, while assisting the various Resistance movements.Equipment for these operations was issued in the barn andracks for supplies and equipment can still be seen

White Wood

This is an ancient woodland of about 60 acres and recordsindicate that a wood has been on this site from at least 1297.Most of the trees are pine but there are some fine specimensof native trees. The lime trees are thought to be about 200years old when the wood was extensively replanted but someof the oaks date back 300 years. Evidence shows that it wasmanaged as a plantation from the early 1800’s with a variety ofexotic trees that were probably planted when Woodbury Hallwas first built.

Woodbury Hall

This was one of a number of important country houses built inthe early 18th century along the top of the Greensand Ridge,which runs through Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Amongthem Everton Hall and Hazells Hall close by, and further to thewest, Ickwell Bury, Ampthill Park and Woburn Abbey.

Tetworth Hall

The Hall, built of sandstone in approximately 1710 for JohnPedley MP, was damaged by fire in the 1940s and has sincebeen rebuilt in brick to a design by Sir Basil Spence.Valley Farm, a medieval farmhouse at the foot of the hill belowTetworth Hall is believed to have been built about 1650 on thesite of huge stone circles in part of Canons Manor. A significantmoat system lies around it, fed by nearby springs.

St Mary’s Church

The major feature of the village of Everton, the present buildingdates from the 12th century with 14th century additions to thetower and porch. The 11th century Domesday Book records achurch on the site. Until the boundary changes in 1974, muchof the present Everton parish, including the church, was in theformer county of Huntingdonshire.

The Lodge

This is the national headquarters of the RSPB and is a naturereserve opened in 1961. The woodland, heath and acidgrassland here cover 180 hectares, and are being restored toform the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire.

There is a charge of £1 per person / per walk to help cover the cost of hosting this group on meetup and purchasing of maps and kit requried to organise and lead these walks. If you can please pay me £1 on arrival and can I please request exact money as I may not have sufficient change on me. Thank you Ian 

Please read the 'Read More About Us' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability for this walk.

Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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  • Ian

    Another really excellent day. Thanks as always Ian for your organisation, and thanks to all for good company.

    April 14

  • Ele

    Great weather, great company and not so great car park signs (tip for the future: follow Tourist Information signs).

    1 · April 14

    • Ian

      That's not good? It's good to know this as all seems to work on my computer and iPhone? Maybe I'm running an older or new version of the software? On my computer I can turn on satellite view and even switch to street view and explore the local streets so as to better familiarise myself with the local area. Nevertheless I'll try and provide more detailed info with regards to parking and maybe even take some pics of the car park entrance to help everyone better in the future. :)

      1 · April 14

    • Ele

      My comment wasn't a dig at you, more to Sandy's council. I was expecting to see a big blue 'P' sign, but didn't. Also the Google map view showed a couple of turns off the High Street - that wasn't the case.

      April 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Ian another great walk.

    1 · April 14

  • Mark

    Just right, glorious weather, well chosen and organised route, friendly group and a bunch of entertaining cows - all good!

    1 · April 14

  • Kay-Marie

    My 4th walk with the group; as always, thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Ian :-)

    1 · April 13

  • Russell B.

    Another great walk and company, and I agree, seeing the SOE barn and old airfield was particularly interesting. thanks for organising the walk Ian

    2 · April 13

  • Chris

    Thanks Ian, another really enjoyable day out. I felt the SOE barn was a very special, simple, wonderfully atmospheric place and I'll certainly go back and visit it many times again. Thank you.

    2 · April 13

  • Jenny E.

    A beautiful spring walk; thank you.

    1 · April 13

  • Judy

    Superb Sunday - thanks Ian

    1 · April 13

  • Yvey

    Marvellous

    1 · April 13

  • Nick

    Great walk, thanks Ian and everyone else for your lovely company :)

    2 · April 13

  • Philip

    Well done Ian, another brilliant walk with Great people on a beautiful day.

    2 · April 13

  • Leigh F.

    Awesome way to spend a Sunday! Thank you Ian.

    1 · April 13

  • Lis

    Sorry I can not make it to this one, better luck next time.

    April 13

  • Jane B.

    Hi I am sooooo sorry I missed this, but went to a 50th birthday last night and got in at 2am this morning, put my alarm on but must have just slept through it!! Really looking forward to the next one.

    April 13

  • Roger H.

    Sorry overslept next time

    April 13

  • Leigh F.

    Guys I'm in Sandy town centre. Where is the high street car park?

    April 13

  • Helen

    Sorry Ian that I've had to pull out of today's walk.

    April 13

  • Laura

    Hi Ian, thank you for the confirmation last night but unfortunately I've now made alternative arrangements and can't attend. Hopefully I can attend one in the near future.

    April 13

  • Iulia

    Sorry Ian, I can't make it tomorrow. Have fun and enjoy

    April 12

  • David

    Sorry I can't make the Sandy walk, enjoy.

    April 12

  • claire a

    Very sorry but I can't make it tomorrow. I hope the sun shines for you all.

    April 12

  • Nick S.

    Sorry to miss you all on Sunday but I have just had a short notice invitation to go to the Saracens v Northampton match. Hope you have a great walk.

    1 · April 11

  • Norman W.

    Sorry can't make this now, knee playing up.

    April 11

  • Rosie

    Really annoyed, I now won't be able to come this Sunday. See you on 27th!

    April 11

  • Joy H.

    Unfortunately I have to pull out. Work on Saturday so need Sunday for shopping and stuff!!

    April 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, but I can't make it after all. I hope to join you on the 27th.

    April 9

  • Joanne W.

    Please can I be put on the wait list for this walk ?

    April 3

  • Julie W.

    Hi Ian,sorry have to drop out on walks for now,have really enjoyed the walking group but having problems with sore feet!! Glad to free a space for someone else,enjoy!!

    April 8

    • Ian

      Hi Julie, sorry to hear your news, but thank you for freeing up a space so that someone else can attend. Hope you'll be walking with us again soon! Thanks Ian

      April 8

  • Lesley

    Hello Ian, have added my name to the wait list for 'Sandy Sunday' as per your post. Is that so you can keep track of interest / demand? Thanks Lesley

    April 7

    • Ian

      Hi Lesley, that was meant for Joanne, I was asking Joanne to add herself to the wait list and if a spot becomes available then she will auto be added to the RSVP yes you're attending list. If you're going Nordic Walking then you don't need to be on the waiting list for this walk as you already have something planned? Thanks Ian

      April 8

  • Lesley

    Hello, I was too slow to sign up for this one (sigh), so am going to give Nordic Walking a try in Ampthill on Sun 13th April, which I have been meaning to do. Think it will be tougher going .... will let you know when I am next walking with the group!

    April 7

    • Ian

      Hope you enjoy Lesley :)

      April 7

  • Karen

    Whoops! Should have looked at the calendar first! Not able to make this walk unfortunately

    Wishing everyone going to Derbyshire a wonderful weekend...the scenery there is awesome :) :)

    2 · April 1

  • Neville

    An evening walk ?? lol

    1 · March 19

    • Ian

      Since meetup had it's wobble few weeks ago scheduling new walks can be fun as not all the features are available until you press enter?!

      1 · March 19

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