Sunday October 18th 1987
North Loughton Valley Park Walk
We met on a dry and sunny morning at 9.30a.m. at the Headquarters and then travelled in 3 vehicles to New Bradwell Top Recreation Ground.
We started the walk on the New Bradwell Railway Station breaking our walk to view the Windmill. Having reached Loughton Brook we followed its course through the valley to Old Bradwell. The recent heavy rain had caused some flooding and although the water had receded, its extent could be seen from the debris level. At one point we had to cross Constantine Way to avoid the flood water where a motor scooter was found in the shrubs. Baloo took note of the vehicle’s registration number so he could inform the Police later as it appeared that it could have been stolen.
We reached Bradwell Abbey where we visited the chapel and the remaining footings of this Benedictine priory. Retracing the walk we made a short detour to inspect the famous concrete cows and for the Cub Scouts to enjoy a ride on their backs. We then passed the site of a Roman Villa where Baloo explained to the group that after digging, the site was covered over so at a later date when money was available, a building would be erected and the Villa once again opened up for viewing.
Having stopped at the Blue Bridge to see where the old railway line had been made through Wolverton we returned to the parked vehicles along the Grand Union Canal.
The party then enjoyed a low scoring game of football on the Recreation ground. With both goalkeepers in fine form the game ended in a one all draw.
We returned to the Headquarters at 1.15p.m. after a very enjoyable walk on one of Milton Keynes ‘Walks in the Park’.