Leader: Brian Jeffs
Distance: under 8 1/2 miles
Highlights:- Safari Park, Deer Park and The Abbey
We leave the coach before we reach Woburn at an entrance to the Safari Park.
Our leisurely stroll then starts on a footpath which winds through a wood adjacent to the Safari Park perimeter fence. We should get views of some of the animals, perhaps even Elephants could be spotted. Its then into the Deer Park which is home to a total of nine species, and over 1,200 deer. Woburn Abbey Deer Park at 3,000 acres, is one of the largest conservation parks in Europe. A section of road, followed by field paths and a green lane take us to the picturesque village of Eversholt
for lunch. We may sit by the church or around the cricket pitch before taking liquid refreshment in the Green Man.
Suitably refreshed it back into the Deer Park, an easy path takes us to the Abbey itself, where though the fence we can see the garden and sculptures. A visit to the gift shop completes are stay here. The footpath continues past the Abbey, between Stew Pond and Basin Pond, and we take time to look back at the front facade of the Abbey. Turning right the final section takes us around Bloomsbury Stud stables and into Loin Lodge.
Then its into the village of Woburn with time to wonder around, perhaps tea and cakes, a gift shop or antiques or maybe the Heritage Museum.