Bridleway 26

Distance: 1,250m. Direction: SW - NE, W - E,

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About 200 metres north of the former Morgan/Matroc factory to the east of the embankment of the Great Northern Railway line, this Bridleway veers off from Bridleway 25 to the northeast (TL 177497). It takes you roughly northeast, alongside a mature, largely hawthorn hedge on the northwest boundary of a field of the yellow flowering rape (from which we get rapeseed oil) towards Lowfield Farm. In the distance you can see the red-bricked Hazells Hall amongst the trees on the Greensand Ridge. Whilst the OS map identifies shows Hasell Hedge running along the east side of the Roman Road, when Francis (later Lord) Pym, inherited the estate in 1945, he changed the name of the Hall to Hazells. He was rather tired on non-locals pronouncing it Hassells.

 

Above the treeline you can see the 200 metre-high Sandy TV Transmitter and running parallel to the footpath are several pylons carrying the electricity transmission line from Little Barford Power Station. After about 600 metres, you meet Footpath 37 running along the southwest side of a hedge back towards the Roman Road (TL 181499).

 

 

On the northwestern side of the track, through a gap in the hedge, you can see one of many airraid shelters built on or near Tempsford Airfield during World War Two. They are of identical construction a series of two prefabricted concrete slabs, bolted together at the top in the shape of a Gothic arch from a Norman Cathedral. The western end has a stable-door style window and the door is at the eastern end. Some have an escape route through a man-sized square tower at one end with a rusting iron ladder dangling precariously from the opening. Access is very overgrown with nettles, thistles and chickweed and inside is an untidy mess including an old settee. About 250 metres later, the track goes under the electricity transmission line from Little Barford Power Station, near St Neots. At the bend in the track, another air raid shelter can be seen in the field to the east. If you look further across you should be able to spot another two.

 

There are several paddocks in the field just to the south of Lowfield Farm in which you might see horses and foals. Lowfield Farm itself is one of a number of late-19th century Victorian Farms built on the Pym estate. The black, weatherboard outbuildings and barns are typical Bedfordshire agricultural buildings. You may spot a peacock strutting around in the farmyard in front of the stables. Opposite the farm are two large, more recent grain stores and a concrete storage area. Although the farm track continues NNE into the fields the concrete track veers to the east at the northern edge of the small copse (TL 183503). It continues for about 400 metres to meet Bridleway 27 on the Roman Road TL 186503).. The concrete track continues up the slope of the Greensand Ridge alongside The Rookery towards Hasells Hall Farm but this is private land with no right of way. In late-spring and summer you should hear the bleating lambs and the calls of their mothers. Taking Bridleway 27 (The Roman Road) south you reach the junction of Everton Road, The Swaden and Sand Lane. Following Hasells hedge to the north takes you along the Greensand Ridge Walk towards Fernbury (formerly Waterloo) Farm,Tempsford Airfield and Everton Village.,

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