Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Stroll in the Country

I think I said before how well this country is supplied with places to walk. Despite the very busy roads there is a multitude of public footpaths, bridleways and lanes through the fields from village to village.

The village of Odell, Bedfordshire.
The wood we walked in is on the ridge.

Today Ruth dropped us in the neighbouring village of Odell, only a few miles away as the crow flies, but a bit of a loop in the car because of the wandering River Great Ouse. At Odell there is a large patch of woodland, mostly old oak trees with an understorey of coppiced hazels. In a few weeks there will be a carpet of bluebells as well, but right now the flowers are mostly primroses and celandines. The trees are just beginning to come into leaf, but the open woods are great for bird watching.

Odell Great Wood.

Track in Odell Great Wood.

We strolled through the woods for a couple of hours, then returned to The Ball at Odell, for a baguette and pint of the local ale, and the weather was certainly good enough to eat it outside in the garden.

The Bell at Odell.

Pub lunch in Odell.
Note the hearty pint of ale, and the bird book.

Then we crossed the river at the site of the old mill and returned to Pavenham, only having to cross one back road. Nine or so kilometres, and all very pleasant.

Mill pond on the River Great Ouse.
Oozing along quite quickly, really.

I know my limited readership is keen to see a few shots of Heron House and its inhabitants, so here they are!

Bowers Towers, Pavenham.
aka Heron House.

Jean and Ruth.
Two respectable ladies of late middle age.......

....but still capable of acting the fool occasionally!


  1. Much to everyone's delight a photo of "the girls"!!!!
    Those two . . . I can just imagine all the laughing and fun they are having!
    I hope the next adventure is just as much fun, only pity is not being in contact with you as much.
    Great to see you and talk yesterday, Al and Rennie were impressed to hear that we did the bedtime story with sound effects via the UK, thank you skype!
    Miss you lots,
    Jose, Jac and Roo
    (Plus Al, Rennie and Maxi Pants, who is snuggled up on Marty's little blue fold out couch)

  2. Were the mad hatters a result of hearty ale at the Pub lunch in Odell?
    Lovely pictures.....


  3. Careful dad...don't let those two loose together!! Who knows what sort of trouble they'd get into!

  4. Once again, gorgeous countryside! Enjoy all of your walks through it!