North Beds Heritage Trail 2 - Turvey to Sharnbrook 10/04/18

The next leg of the North Beds Heritage Trail took us from Turvey to Sharnbrook, taking in the villages of Carlton, Harrold and Odell all of which had old stone buildings reminiscent of the Cotswolds.

We started to the west of the River Ouse at Turvey, then headed back through Turvey along the busy A428 passing the Old Coach House and Three Cranes Pub. We were soon however in the countryside heading north-east through Carlton to walk along the medieval raised causeway over the flood plain and bridge at Harrold, dating from earlier than the 12th Century. We admired the old lock up and Buttermarket in the centre of Harrold before reaching the Country Park with its picnic tables and seating for lunch. Unfortunately we forgot to bring the table cloth.

From the Country Park we followed the route of the Ouse Valley Way alongside the lake to Odell, with its ancient ruined castle from the 11th Century and more modern country house from the 1960s alongside as well as a watermill, recorded in the Doomsday book. 

It was then back into the country and onward to Sharnbrook passing through the Castle Close Wildlife and Heritage site before reaching the imposing St Peter's Church dating back to the Norman period


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