The Two Waters Wander


Introduction


This walk starts in the centre of Leighton Buzzard and takes you along the Grand Union Canal and the banks of the River Ouzel and back to where you started. The river and its surroundings are rich habitats for wildlife including kingfishers and herons.


How To Get There By Passenger Transport

BY BUS Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950. Click here for the National Rail Enquiries website


How To Get There By Car

Leighton Buzzard lies to the north of the A505, about 8 miles to the west of Dunstable.
There is parking off of Leighton Road or at the train station.


Start/Finish Point

This circular route starts at the Energie gym in Leighton Road


Access and General Information

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Route Description

Start at Energie gym in Leighton Road, cross over road (with care) and onto the Grand Union Canal towpath. You are now on the Greensand Ridge Walk; a route which runs for 40 miles across Bedfordshire's countryside. Walk along the canal past Tesco's and the narrowboats brightly painted in traditional decorative patterns. Continue past the now defunct swingbridge and the sewage works until you come to The Globe Public House, a good place for refreshments!

Walk over Globe Lane, do not cross the canal but cross the stile into the meadow. After rain this field can get quite wet so be prepared! Follow the field hedge and over the railway sleeper duckwalk. Turn right as you step off and head for the waymarker post, over a dry shallow ditch. You are now walking past the attractive River Ouzel as it runs through willow-studded water meadows. Cross the wooden bridge over the river and head up a gentle slope and cross the drive leading to Corbettshill Farm.

Climb a stile, down a slope and through an area of scattered, large trees, climb a second stile and into woodland. Follow a surfaced track (Firs Path) and out onto Church Street. Walk south along the pavement and just past the garage turn right at the 'Riverside Walk' signpost. You now walk along a tarmac path alongside the River Ouzel. On your left are various warehouses so keep looking at the more interesting views to your right!

Follow this path all the way back to Leighton Street, cross the road carefully (use the bollards halfway across the road) and walk back to the gym for a well-deserved rest and refreshments!

NB: This route can be adapted for yourself, for instance, you may feel that walking to The Globe and back is sufficient it is entirely up to you!


Points of Interest

Along the canal and river you may see birds such as kingfisher, heron and grey wagtail. The ducks are usually mallard or various hybrids, moorhens are shyer but quite common. Water voles are now very rare but keep an eye out for them just in case and let us know if you see any.

In more open country you may see finch flocks in winter and hear skulking warblers such as willow warbler and whitethroat singing from hedgerows and scrub. Woodlands often contain tit flocks in winter and birds such as blackcap, chiffchaff and nuthatch in summer.

Badgers are fairly common where the soil is sandy and therefore easy to dig.


Walking for Health

Walking is good for you! You need to walk at a pace that makes you feel warm and slightly out of breath. Walking two miles a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound every three weeks. Even a 10-15 minute walk several times a day is of value.


Safety

The Greensand Trust cannot accept any responsibility for any accident, injury, loss or damage caused to property whilst on the described walk.

Please take care, act responsibly, respect landowner's property and follow the Country Code.

Dress responsibly for the weather expected. Wear stout shoes or boots and warm, waterproof clothing, if necessary.

Most of the route is on surfaced, fairly level paths, but take care crossing the meadows near Corbettshill Farm where it is often wet and muddy.


Acknowledgements

Produced by the Bedfordshire Health Promotion Agency and The Greensand Trust.