Led by Barry. With Gordon and me. About 8.25 miles. Garmin playing silly games at our snack stop! Warm, sunny, but some mud underfoot.
We set off from Chelveston at about 10 am. There is a memorial to the USAF 305th Bombardment Group (heavy) who operated out of the airfield during World War II, with the loss of many personnel.
|The memorial was erected in 2006|
|The upright is the pole from which the wind-sock flew on one of the hangars|
We followed this path uphill, through another gate, eventually arriving at the old runway - on our left was a mobile phone mast, on our right an agricultural building of some sort, with various trucks. The public footpaths through the airfield were reopened only in 2006, after local action.
|A useful, if not beautiful, landmark|
We turned right along the old runway/road, and when we were almost on a level with the mast we turned off to the left, and then right through a strip of woodland. We emerged at the other end of this and turned left along a quiet minor road, which took us into Yelden, via Church Lane.
|Well, you would . . .|
|"the finest archaeological monument in Bedfordshire"|
We stopped here to have a look around the small church, which dates from the twelfth century. Snack break too.
|St Mary's Church in the well-kept village of Shelton|