John Bunyan Trail 31st Aug/1st Sept & 7th/8th Sept 2013


Four super days walking - thanks to Eric, Dee, Jake and Therese for leading and for the information along the way.  20 walkers over the two weekends, 5 of us completed the whole trail.  Lovely weather throughout – just  half an hour of drizzle on the second Sunday.

Day One:  Cranfield  to Harlington      
Ridgmont new church – Ridgmont old church – Segenhoe -  Greensand Ridge – Millbrook Testing Ground - Millbrook Church – Valley of the Shadow of Death – new sign post – looking towards Bedford – Ampthill Park – Houghton House – House Beautiful  - this metal ring  was the  last line of Ampthill’s defence in WWII – these gates were once at Houghton House – Ampthill en-fete – pumpkins at  Priestley Farm -  Eric tells us more of the JB story at Westoning Church – Bunyan was arrested in this parish at Sampshill Farm (we will see  this tomorrow) and  taken to Harlington Manor. Looking towards the Sundon Hills (the Delectable Mountains) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Day Two: Barton to Harlington
Views back to Barton – Lion motif on the houses in Lilley – morning break at Lilley – lovely paths through the hills – the Theed Way – Lunch at Streatley – Gary at the official start of the JBT in the Sundon Hills – Memorial Bench for Gordon Edwards who devised the JBT – down the Clappers – Justin is the wrong side of the fence – the men deliberate – the ladies wait - Pulloxhill -  Bunyan’s Oak – and the new oak tree planted close by.

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Day Three:  Cranfield to Elstow
Bromham - Stevington Windmill, Medieval Cross and Well - the Ouse near Pavenham - Bedford,  John Bunyan’s Statue, St Paul’s Church, Town Bridge

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Day Four: Barton to Elstow
Shillington  Church – Therese’s birthday cake –  Lunch at Shefford – Haynes - Cardington Hangers - Elstow Moot Hall

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