A circular walk between Sandy and Everton

This walk takes in a variety of the landscapes of Central Bedfordshire: heathland, woods, meadows, arable land and even a short stretch of market gardening. It starts and finishes in the RPSB nature reserve. Lunch time refreshment is available at the Thornton Arms in Everton.

Technical sheet
No. 293294
A Sandy walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 08/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 11.85km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 79m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 83m
Highest point Highest point : 72m
Lowest point Lowest point : 23m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Sandy
Starting point Starting point : N 52.122494° / W 0.261406°
Ending point Ending point : N 52.118503° / W 0.262072°
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Description

(D/A) From the RPSB car park return to the B1042. Cross over and continue straight ahead into the Everton Estate. Where the path splits, under an ETL, fork right along a path running between varied plantations and open heathland. This lasts for about 1.5km before reaching a crossing track.

(1) Turn left and follow this old green lane to a point about 10 yards short of a gate out to a road. Here turn right on a track through a belt of trees. It is not all that obvious but by way of confirmation it quickly emerges at the start of a fenced path through paddocks. After the paddocks cross a track, go through a hedge gap and cross a second track. Immediately facing you is a lower portion of fence, currently broken to make it even lower, and beyond that a wide arable field. The footpath is apparently not restored after cultivation. If you have to pioneer the route, aim for a telegraph pole slightly to the left of a solitary house. Part way across you see a yellow tipped marker post slightly to the right of your course; veer right to get to this. (There is a bend in the official route but if the path is unrestored you can hardly be expected to get the turn spot on in the middle of a field.) From the post proceed straight ahead along a field break. Before this gets to the road it passes through a section of field still apparently used for market gardening, the traditional use of this land.

(2) At the road, cross over and turn left to walk into Everton.

(3) At the Thornton Arms PH the road swings left and here you pick up the Greensand Ridge Walk. The church is to the right but the walk swings left with the road and continues until you pass No 64.

(4) Then turn right down a bridleway with wide views over North Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire. After 180metres and a gate this becomes a footpath which descends through meadows, a second gate, and a hedge gap into the flat lands of Bedfordshire. Go straight on along a field edge to a T-junction.

(5) Turn left along this track, the line of a Roman road. After crossing a concrete drive (which leads to 18th Century Hazells Hall, former family home the Pyms including one-time Foreign Secretary Francis Pym) the track becomes grassier but still goes straight on. It finishes at a gate, after which you go straight on through a meadow to another gate. The path then bears slightly left over a second meadow as it rises gently to a lane.

(6) Here turn right and follow the lane uphill into woods. After passing a track going left, just past the brow of the hill look out for a Greensand Ridge Walk finger post.

(7) Here turn left and take the path going up at right angles to the lane. It more or less follows a mesh fence which is round Caesar's Camp earthworks. Where the path on this line becomes unclear, turn right down hill on a much wider path; the right choice is soon confirmed by a waymark post with a GRW logo. Where the Greensand Ridge Walk turns right (with a good view of Sandy church tower with its very short "Hertfordshire" spike) leave it by following the path which swings left. Follow this out to the B1042.

(8) Use the lights to cross and continue down the No Through Road called Stratford Road. Follow this quiet lane for about a mile. Continue to follow it when it becomes a bridle path until it is barred by a metal gate.

(9) Here turn left into the RPSB Nature Reserve. A sign points left to the car park 1000m. Follow this broad obvious track uphill through the heathland woods, until it becomes a tarmac drive to the RPSB HQ. Carry straight on to arrive back at the car park(D/A). (Paying for the RPSB car park gives you the opportunity to further explore the Reserve before returning; there is a map as you enter.)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 72m - RPSB car park
1 : km 1.78 - alt. 59m - Turn left
2 : km 3.65 - alt. 65m - Road, turn left
3 : km 4.33 - alt. 67m - Thornton Arms PH, turn left
4 : km 4.7 - alt. 68m - No 64, turn right
5 : km 5.8 - alt. 23m - T-junction, turn left
6 : km 8.08 - alt. 58m - Turn right
7 : km 8.55 - alt. 61m - Turn left
8 : km 9.05 - alt. 40m - B1042, cross and continue
9 : km 11.36 - alt. 39m - Metal gate, turn left
A : km 11.85 - alt. 67m

Useful Information

Sandy is about 10 miles from Bedford and lies just to the east of the A1. This walk as described starts in the RPSB car park (currently 4x £ 1 coins all day for non-members) which is on the B1042 road leaving Sandy for Potton (Grid Ref TL 191 485). (Alternatively parking could be found in Everton probably near the church which lies on the Greensand Ridge Walk allowing an easy connection to the walk in that village; and the church which is open weekends is itself well worth a visit.)

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Mon 13 May 2019 09:40:26 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 21/04/19
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Nice morning walk.
Avoid the parking charges by parking in many other places around the walk. (e.g. start at Everton Pub (point 4) https://goo.gl/maps/yacmTAMn2mg1dHMm9


Walker
on Mon 23 Apr 2018 12:39:01 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 16/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Started at point 4 with the lovely view and walked back up the road from point 1 because of time pressure. Enjoyable break at the RSPB cafe.

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