Triple Triangle Walk Keysoe

Triple Triangle Walk Keysoe

Introduction

The walk is alongside woods and fields and is a mixture of footpaths and bridleways with well-defined tracks and is signposted at intersections.
Follow the circular walk. See key for colour coded length of walk.

How To Get There by Public 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
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How to Get There by Car

Keysoe is approximately 11 miles north north east of Bedford. The start of the walk is approximately 2 miles along the Riseley Road from the B660 at Keysoe Brook End.

Access and General Information

Distance:The complete triangle is just over 3 miles, but a short cut can make a triangle of 1½ miles or a smaller triangle of ¾ mile.
Access Information
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 10mm, to hard and firm with some loose, variable sized stones, to grass or uncultivated earth paths (no ruts), to cultivated farmland.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is between 1:14-1:17 (at point A on the map) and 1:18 between points L and K on the map.
Cross Falls: The steepest are between 1:16-1:20 at point A on the map.
Width Restriction: There is a width restriction of 17” on the plank bridge at point J.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There is one 1-way opening gate with a width of greater than 750mm.
Refreshments: None recorded.
Public Toilets: None recorded.
Picnic Tables: None recorded.
Seats: None recorded.

Point A

The ‘Footpath’ sign A is to the left of the gate into the wood. Follow the path alongside the wood and at B walk through the gap in the hedge. (For those wanting to take the short walk turn right here and right again at N, keeping the wood on your right at all times).

Point B

The main walk continues along the hedge at the top of the field until you arrive at the next marker post C. (For those taking the middle triangle, turn right down the field to the clump of trees, Turn right , follow the footpath round and through the gate, turn right along the hedge to M.)

Point C

The main walk continues ahead following the hedge to D and on over the bridge at E where you turn right along the bridleway.

Point E

Continue straight ahead at F across the middle of an arable field heading for a large oak tree on the far side. You next enter a wide lane and, after crossing the brook, arrive at Riseley Road.

Point G

Turn right along the road past Valbrook Farm, continue for about 200 metres and enter the field on your right by the footpath sign H. (Those wanting to keep their boots slightly cleaner can continue along the road to J)

Point H

Turn left immediately inside the hedge, follow the hedge for a few steps, then continue ahead across the field towards a gap in the hedge I.

Point I

Continue straight ahead across the field to a group of trees just to the left of a bungalow J. You are now back to Riseley Road.

Point J

Go through the entrance to Park Farm passing the bungalow on your left. Continue to the front of the large modern farm building, and then bear left to the post in the field K.

Point K

Continue to the post L under the oak tree to the corner of the field M through the iron hand-gate and on to the corner of Park Wood N.

Point N

Continue ahead, keeping the wood on your right, until you come to the road, turn right to the park and the end of the walk.

Local History

This area was a centre of 17th century Nonconformity. The part of the walk from (G) to (E) follows the route traditionally taken by the early Dissenters on their way to Willow Spinney, where they held open-air religious meetings, at that time illegal. The Spinney lies on the parish boundary, so, if pursued by the Keysoe constables, the worshippers could avoid arrest simply by stepping over into the neighbouring parish of Riseley. Park Wood was formely very much more extensive, and it is known that John Bunyan held open-air meetings here. The ancient moat system at Park Farm once surrounded the old manor of Berrystead. It was in this farmhouse that John Bunyan is reputed to have been arrested with some of his Keysoe followers, prior to his imprisonment. The 14th century spire of St. Mary’s Church can be seen in the distance. In 1718 William Dickins, a mason, fell from this spire, but miraculously survived. The story of this incident is related on a plaque on the west wall of the tower. We are indebted to Mr William Ward for permitting us to take a short cut by Keysoe Park Farm. This is a permissive path and not a public right of way. The woods are private – please keep out and take care in the vicinity of Park Farm where large agricultural vehicles often work.

Acknowledgements

This walk has been developed by Bolnhurst & Keysoe Parish Paths P3 Group with support from Bedfordshire County Council. Leaflet written by Alan Woodward, drawings by Bob Howes and the Keysoe Art Group.