Bedford

Share a Walk from Oakley

I recently walked from my home in Oakley towards Stevington and once over the twin bridges I took a footpath which runs alongside the Great Ouse. Quite soon I saw a Mute Swan sitting on its nest then a little further came upon a tree with black growths forming on its bark; I believe these are fungi known as King Alfred's Cakes (see photo).

As I continued the birds were singing and a Red Kite soared overhead so gracefully. On reaching Stevington I walked away from the river and took a path which connects with the former Bedford to Northampton railway line, now the Stevington Country Walk. On this stretch I saw bluebells, cowslips, lesser stitchwort, celandines and came across an active badger sett with numerous entrances in the old railway embankment.

Keep safe everyone

Christine