Now I know a lot of you will be very familiar with Wooburn (especially those of you who live here) but I wonder how many of you realise just how lucky we are to have such a beautiful open space on our doorsteps.
Originally, I was going to write about Milton Keynes this month. I jumped at the chance of a lift there recently and spent a few hours discovering this large purpose built town. However, the weather was awful and the photos reflect this and I much prefer these pages to have nice sunny photos.
So …. on a brief sunny morning during a spell of rotten weather (Storm Freya) I took myself off for a quick local walk to Wooburn Park. It really is a beautiful large open space. At one end we have the 1,000 year old St. Paul’s church in quaint Wooburn Town (the smallest town ever I expect!) and the other end the historical Wooburn Narkovian’s Cricket Club which has played cricket here since 1936. There’s a book about the WNCC by Karen Savage and copies are still available if you would like one. It’s a really good read and, if you look carefully, you’ll find a photo of me in it!
For drivers to Wooburn there is a large free car park located at the bottom of Wash Hill. From here you can walk up through the field to the woods and eventually come out at Berghers Hill which is a hamlet of pretty little cottages. Keeping left you can follow the footpath beside The Chase which brings you to the top of Windsor Hill. Cross the road and you’ll find an abundance of footpaths through the woods bringing you back down to Wooburn Green. From the edge of the woods there are amazing views to be had of the valley.
Alternatively from Wooburn Park you can walk along the old railway line behind Spadeoak to Bourne End – it’s a lovely walk we find ourselves doing in the summer, ending up at The Bounty pub beside the river in Bourne End. There are plenty of choices for refreshment in and around Wooburn and at the time of writing I await with bated breath to find out what The Red Lion in Wooburn Green is turning into.
I feel very lucky that I have such beautiful countryside on my doorstep. If only I could do something about the traffic…