Before we started the walk we called into Chelveston churchyard to admire the snowdrops and aconites - they should be in peak bloom for the Snowdrop weekend (18th and 19th).
We walked along the road from the church away from Chelveston, through Caldecott and past the Crescent. Shortly after this the road turns 90 degrees to the right, and a track/bridleway continues ahead - this is what we took. Wind turbines were on our left. There is a short muddy section, then the track is surfaced again and leads into the pretty village of Yelden, which is in Bedfordshire.
Yelden has the remains of a Norman motte and bailey, considered to be the finest archaeological monument in Bedfordshire, according to the information board. The remains are yet to be explored and excavated. The castle had fallen into disuse by 1360.
|The church sporting a wind turbine hat|
|One view of the castle site|
The path running left to Crowfield Farm, though clearly marked was muddy. Heavy, sticky stuff.
Crowfield farm appears to be mainly used as barns. Our path from here to Melchbourne was easy to follow and there was no more serious mud. We passed a few animals.
and a pre-school in a farm.
We crossed a road and continued on the footpath , turning left at the end to Melchbourne church, where we had a break, in sunshine.
|Trees through the porch window|
|The church of St Mary Magdalen, mostly rebuilt in 1779.Pity about the funny upper section.|
|A row of cottages carefully photographed to avoid the unattractive car element.|
We took the road (from Knotting) to the junction with the Swineshead-Yelden road, where we turned left, at the St John Arms pub. We walked for maybe a mile along the road, then rejoined our previous route by turning left - the turn after the spinney.
This goes directly though the middle of the large wind farm and solar array, a section of well over half a mile, before leading alongside farmland and back into Chelveston.