Archive News and Information

Dec 2018

Refreshed waymark discs on various sections of Icknield Way around Sundon/Sharpenhoe.

Nov 2018

Over several weeks a group of volunteers from Flitwick P3 have been toiling away in Toddington at the path (TOD74) and bridleway (TOD99) near the parish boundary with Chalgrave Manor.  This is now a wide and clear path.  In recent years a fallen tree and various other vegetation had narrowed the usable path.  It is now back to a wide path.  This is a well used circular walk by dog walkers and some sections get very wet in the winter to having the width available to walk will reduce the mud.  Thanks to Ian and his team of volunteers.

Oct/Nov 2018

Refreshing Icknield Way way mark discs in Harlington and Sharpenhoe Clappers.  Also clearing overgrown vegetation at several locations.

Two replacement way mark posts near Old Park farm between Toddington and Harlington on TOD54 & TOD55.

More way mark posts replaced on the path (TOD25) from Long Lane through to Lodge farm.  Making the Lodge farm walk easier to follow.  Thanks to Tim the gamekeeper and Ian for Flitwick P3 assistance.

Way mark posts replaced at several locations, including: Chalgrave (CHA21) on the Icknield Way path, the Glebe (TOD62/64) and at the top of the hill of TOD34 towards the M1 underpass.

Sept 2018

Various bits of clearance (like revealing finger signs in hedges) at multiple locations around the area.

A couple of visits by Flitwick P3 volunteers fitted four waymark posts and cleared vegetation from two bridges and a woodland by Lodge farm.  We have also replaced two broken waymark posts on the Toddington/Milton Bryan parish boundary.

A visit from the Chiltern Society Conservation volunteers cleared a hedgerow of blackberries (very tasty they were too) before they cleared the hedge back.  This made the path clearer and revealed two bridges and a way mark post beyond Alma farm

Cutting back bits of hedges on the Toddington/Westoning parish boundary near Harlington Wood End.  Noting the clearance and new waymark posts fitted by the Ramblers recently.

Aug 2018

Cutting back vegetation on path towards Fancott (TOD61).

Cutting vegetation by the ‘little sewage works’ (TOD45), and various hedge lines on TOD51 & TOD53 back towards Toddington.

July 2018

Cutting back vegetation of the hedge lines on the paths along the Toddington/Milton Bryan border.

The Glebe - cutting back vegetation of the path (TOD62) beside the stream - more to do.

June 2018

Crowbush - the proposed CBC diversion was agreed this week.  Details, incl webcast.  Some objectors seem to miss the point that the route is well walked on an unauthorised route through the field, the definitive route through the gardens must be resolved to allow the householders to enjoy or sell their houses.  The proposal moves the path to the end of the gardens to have minimal impact whilst allowing access for all to the recreation ground.

Brush cutting beside Chalgrave church and beside the golf course.  Some sections are very overgrown so it was something of a ‘hack’ to make it more accessible.  The BW is meant to be cut to at least a 4m width twice a year.  More cutting further down the path and an encounter with two horses.

An Icknield Way walker reported TOD42 as overgrown, so have trimmed overhanging vegetation and stepped down the nettles - it should be cut in the next few weeks.  One of the board walks has a broken step which I have reported to CBC.

Brush cutting on TOD34 & TOD35.  The path is obstructed under the M1 at J12 due to rubbish dumped illegally.

Cutting of various hedges near gates and gaps to the south-west of Toddington.

May 2018

The pleasant weather has got us out again, although our dog is now too old to join us.  Spent time cutting encroaching hedges and clearing bridges on the Lodge Farm walk and on TOD34.  TOD34 goes under M1 J12 despite me disliking the graffiti, I have to admit some of it is very good.

I have a long list of waymark posts to replace - the yellow topped posts - so if anyone wants to dig some holes please get in contact.  I have 6 posts waiting for holes!

After doing the work on the path beside Chalgrave church in Dec 2016 I appreciated the benefit of a brush cutter.  Having done a formal course CBC have now provided me with a brush cutter to work on local paths.  I used it over the late May bank holiday to cut back and ensure the width of the path from the church towards Wingfield beside the B5120 (CHA47).  The brush cutter can make a difference very quickly.  But still need to manually cut back overhanging vegetation with loppers.

Then after the rain the family and I dug two holes to replace missing waymark posts at the junction of TOD8 & TOD9 on the access to Herne Poplar cottages.

Feb/Mar 2018

The path (TOD60) between Bradford Road and Crowbush fields is finally surfaced.  This has taken years to achieve.  Initially the legal line of the path ran through the adjacent house/garden - this was legally moved.  Then the budget was approved but continual changes of staff and CBC contractor has finally allowed it to be completed.  Less mud!

Over by the railway TOD56 is a path which links two bridleways beside the railway.  CBC own the part in Toddington parish, they have widened the path and used a stone and weed barrier to provide an improved path suitable for riders.

Sept 2017

Planning more clearance during the autumn/winter.  There are a number of waymark posts which need replacing around the village, ideal for anyone who likes digging holes.   If anyone would like to assist, then please contact me info@Toddington.Info.

Clearance work on paths to the east of Fancott:  TOD FP50, TOD FP46, TOD FP48, CHL FP2, TOD FP47

Aug 2017

The Befordshire Walking Festival is happening on 9th to 17th September.  Walks start across Bedfordshire, including Harlington. 

The path under the M1 junction 12 (TOD FP34) was obstructed by travellers this month.  Thankfully they have moved on they have left an outragous volume of rubbish along the underpass.  A distressing video of the rubbish has been posted on youtube.

July 2017

Clearance work on the CHA FP47 beside the golf course and the B5120 and part of the Icknield Way path.

Presented and update to the Parish Council on local rights of way issues.  See document

The Bedfordshire Ramblers have worked on the path (CHL FP46) between the Chalton sewage works and the Sundon substation.  The work has become neccesary as Anglian Water has decided they are not able to continue cutting the path.  It has opened up the path at the southern end, but there is more to do at the northern end.

Jun 2017

Some vegatation clearance on TOD FP11.  The one rape field on the route was very difficult to cross.

Recieved official confirmationfrom CBC  of the addition of the footpath between Workhouse Lane and Lakefield Cloes.  I first started gathering information on theis path in 2003.  Still got there in the end.  This will enable CBC or TPC to improve the surfacing, which was the original trigger!

Edited to add the local rights of way and a variety of other local features.  OpenStreetMap is crowd based mapping data used by many internet applications.  Corrected some incorrect status which has wrongly encoraged cyclists through Chalgrave Manor

Apr 2017

Some vegatation clearance on TOD FP8 just beyond Alma farm, together with refixing a waymark post

With Michelle from CBC walked all the rights of way impacted by the A5-M1 link road.  All the affected rights of way are open and usable.  There a few ‘snagging’ issues to be resolved but interesting walk before any traffic noise.  Opens up some interesting new bridleways and the new Toucan crossing enables safer crossing of the A5120 (soon to be B5120).

Continued clearance of vegatation on TOD FP42.  Replaced another broken deck board

Mar 2017

Continued the clearance of encroaching vegetation on TOD FP42, the footpath east of Griffin farm.

Feb 2017

Replaced deck board on TOD FP42 east of Griffin farm, another one still needs doing so be careful.  Also started cutting back the hedge going down the hill towards the bridleway.

The Chalton parish path through the sewage works is due to be temporary closed for the next couple of months.  More details on CBC site (look for Chalton footpath 46)

Network Rail have replaced the fencing beside the railway on the Toddington parish boundary.  This will enable improvement to the surface

Completed the cutting back of the Chalgrave bridleway beside the golf course.  As the spring arrives it will grow again, but hopefully the users will keep the surface clear.  While doing the work I was pleased to see the number of walkers and horse riders using the path.

Jan 2017

Walked down to the new A5-M1 link road.  The bridges at A5120 and Thorn farm are just about usable.  In a couple of weeks they will be properly open soon.

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Dec 2016

Replaced a broken deck board at Dropshort Marsh

Nov 2016

In about November I started work to clear the bridleway beside Chalgrave golf course (down from Chalgrave church) to return it back to its legal width of 5 metres.  Over recent years the vegetation has progressively encroached narrowing the usable width, which has meant that the narrow usable width has become very muddy.  We have continued over Christmas with the use of a brush cutter.  Still more to do...

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