A speckled wood butterfly alighted on the grasses and a handsome hornet hoverfly (below) paused long enough for me to admire its yellow and red colouring, designed to deter birds from attacking it.
A footpath follows the track alongside the brook and hedge which veer left while the boundary carries on in a north-westerly direction across the A5 towards the ridge, which it reaches at its highest point of 133m offering wonderful views in all directions. Below, the sun sets behind the ridge.
View from the footbridge over A5 towards the Sundon Road bridge
View from the ridge
View across a barley field towards the Chalkpit
The boundary dips down towards New Barn then bears left away from the path along the line of pylons behind Grove Spinney (below) next to Grove Farm.
Looking east from the bottom of Lords Hill B5120
The new roundabout on the A5 with a grand view of Chalk Hill
Pegasus crossing on Lords Hill
While the pylons march across these arable fields, the boundary with Chalgrave Parish sticks to the hedge marked at intervals wherever a footpath strikes up the hill towards Wingfield.
This is a delightful path to walk along, wide and smooth with all sorts of wildlife sheltering in the hedge and ditch alongside...
...and scenes of rural life just over the hedge!
After the reservoir, opposite Thorn Farm, the path turns up or downhill while the boundary continues along the hedge to the A5 Watling Street shown below.
I will leave the boundary here to pick up another time and connect with Sewell Greenway. For now, here are some more views of the changes taking place in Bidwell.
As I climbed the hill towards Wingfield, more and more distant views appeared until I could see Blows Down in all its glory, Dunstable having disappeared in the dip between. Houghton Regis is surrounded by lovely vistas which lift my spirits when I take to the footpaths. The northern boundary certainly has some treasures to reveal to those who make the effort!