Always on the look out for something new, we started out from Souldrop village yesterday and headed along the Forty Foot Lane by-way towards Podington.  We stumbled across Sharnbrook Summit, a small nature reserve of 1.6km in length which lies on what can best be described as a mound above a rail tunnel.  It was originally installed to help Victorian steam trains avoid having to climb up the land there.  The route runs both sides of the Lane, starting at the railway bridge over the mainline tracks.  To the North it follows a single track path  in the direction of Wymington to Wymington Meadow.

So, two 'finds' in one day which were new to us - Sharnbrook Summit and Wymington Meadow. I will definitely make a point of going back with one of my NW groups - perhaps in the Spring when things have dried out a little hopefully!  In the meantime, please see the Wildlife Trust entry for both here .

In total, we walked about 5.5 miles - perfect for a few hours out in the fresh air with time for a quick drink in the Bedford Arms too!.   Maps and a few, rather grey pics from the day, below!

Only thing I'd like to know is why the Forty Foot Lane is called the Forty Foot Lane.  It's definitely not forty foot, long or wide!

#NordicWalking #FreshAir #Walk1000miles

hmmm.  Didn't fancy trying to get across this!

hmmm.  Didn't fancy trying to get across this!

Map tracking our route, starting north of Souldrop village

Map tracking our route, starting north of Souldrop village

Elevation Map

Elevation Map

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