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Leighton Buzzard Railway & Walking in Buckinghamshire: Holiday May 2017 - page 2

Just south of Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire there's a quaint narrow gauge steam railway that trundles through three miles of town and countryside from Page's Park station.  Affectionately known as the Buzz Railway, we took this delightful ride during our Bucks & Beds holiday.  We also enjoyed some wonderful Buckinghamshire walks: an amble along the serene Grand Union Canal and passing by the two infamous railway bridges of the great train robbery - Sears Crossing and Bridego Bridge.  Another walk took us along the Ouse Valley Way trail from Newton Blossomville, a picnic by the scenic River Great Ouse and on to Emberton Country Park at Olney.
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Leighton Buzzard Railway at Page's Park station
The little steam locomotive and its equally diminutive vintage carriages were ready and waiting as we boarded the Leighton Buzzard Railway at Page's Park station in Bedfordshire for a ride along the...

Leighton Buzzard Railway steaming through the town streets
...narrow two-foot gauge track.  Also known as the Buzz Railway, the train chuffed along at a gentle pace through Leighton Buzzard, stopping at road crossings where the train crew alighted to stop the traffic...

Bedfordshire's narrow gauge Buzz Railway on its journey
...for the train to cross.  Then after climbing back aboard, with a short puff of the steam whistle the train continued its 40 minute, three-mile journey of sharp curves and steepish gradients to its...

The platform at Stonehenge Works
...terminus at Stonehenge Works to the north of Leighton Buzzard.  Here we alighted and enjoyed a coffee in the small cafe and craft shop as the Buzz Railway crew loaded more coal and water...

Buzz Railway locomotive being coupled to the carriages
...and performed the run-round procedure to couple the steam locomotive onto the other end of the carriages (er, like that's now the front) for the return run to Page's Park station.  But we remained at...

The Stonehenge Works Trail
...Stonehenge Works for the Stonehenge Trail open-air museum around this old sand quarry.  This former industrial area is home to Leighton Buzzard Railway's engineering workshop and also displays...

Leighton Buzzard Railway: former sand quarry at Stonehenge Works
...numerous plant and artifacts from sand quarrying days along with some industrial railway locomotives such as 'Penlee' and 'Nutty'.  Oh, and there's a fun miniature railway at Stonehenge Works...

Buzz Railway's narrow gauge train at Stonehenge Works
...for the kids to ride on.  Our pic above shows the wee Buzz Railway train just arrived at Stonehenge Works for the next return run to Page's Park; this time we boarded and settled in to the...

Inside the Buzz Railway carriages
...cozy carriages which as you can see are rather basic.  Well, it sure was an enlightening day on Bedfordshire's Leighton Buzzard Railway, please check out our tourist resources for web links.  Just...

The Engine Shed Show at the Leighton Buzzard Railway
...before leaving this enchanting narrow-gauge railway we enjoyed The Engine Shed Show, an illuminating guided tour of the locomotive sheds at Buzz Railway's Page's Park Station.  Our ride cost 9.

Buckinghamshire walk from Mentmore
Next up was our first walk day in the Buckinghamshire countryside; a circular walk to the south-west of Leighton Buzzard in the Vale of Aylesbury from/to Mentmore.  We passed by (or rather over)...

Sears Crossing at Ledburn, Buckinghamshire
...Sears Crossing at Ledburn where fast trains hurtle along the West Coast Mainline.  In 1963 Sears Crossing was where the notorious great train robbers stopped the mail train.  Walking on then,...

Grand Union Canal at Church Lock Buckinghamshire
...and presently we came upon the peaceful Grand Union Canal at Church Lock at Grove.  Once a busy freight route during the Industrial Revolution - the M1 of its day - it's now a leisure waterway.  So...

Beside the Grand Union Canal in Buckinghamshire
...what an idyllic spot beside the canal to consume our picnic and watch the canal boats negotiate the lock.  The walk ambled south along the Grand Union Canal towpath for a bit before turning west...

Bridego Bridge (Mentmore Bridge) site of the great train robbery
...and leading under another bridge known for the great train robbery, Bridego Bridge.  Now called Mentmore Bridge, it was here the robbers offloaded the loot from the train above into their truck below.  We thought there might be a few 20 notes...

Holiday cottage at Cold Brayfield
...still floating about but couldn't find any.  Now, a quick look inside our Buckinghamshire self-catering holiday cottage at Cold Brayfield (near Olney).  Looks like Belinda's prep'ing the evening meal after our Mentmore walk, yum!

Ouse Valley Way bridge over river at Newton Blossomville
The Ouse Valley Way trail ran very near our Cold Brayfield holiday cottage.  So for our second Buckinghamshire walk we crossed this rather scenic footbridge over the River Great Ouse and on...

Newton Blossomville in Buckinghamshire
...through Newton Blossomville, a quintessential adorable English village.  We aim to have at least one car-free day every holiday to do our bit for 'green' tourism, and today was it!  After following...

The River Great Ouse
...the Ouse Valley Way through Clifton Reynes where it crossed another major leisure trail route - the Three Shires Way - we crossed the River Great Ouse again and found this gorgeously...

Picnic spot by the River Great Ouse
...idyllic spot to enjoy our picnic by a watering hole.  No canal view this time, but plenty of wildlife to observe going about their business as we munched our cheese rolls in the warm sunshine.  Suitably...

Emberton Country Park, Olney
...refreshed we carried on and soon reached Olney, and headed to the large Emberton Country Park south of this Buckinghamshire town.  The park has many leisure activities such as sailing, nature trails and...

Timeline in Emberton Country Park
...this fascinating timeline wall depicting the Earth's history which we studied to bag an Earthcache for our Geocaching hobby.  Well, after a pleasant day's walking along the Ouse Valley Way to Olney...

Inside the Old Mill at Newton Blossomville, Buckinghamshire
...and back to Newton Blossomville, after a quick freshen up at the holiday cottage, a hearty meal had our name on it at the local pub, the Old Mill.  Hmmm, looks like Mike's had a pint or three, now take care walking back over that River Great Ouse bridge!

Cold Brayfield holiday cottage
Another quick nose inside the Buckinghamshire self-catering holiday cottage we rented, in the lounge this time.  Postcard writing?
On our final page we venture into Bedfordshire to visit the vintage aircraft of the Shuttleworth Collection.

We've also ridden the narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Caereinion Railway and enjoyed other scenic waterway walking in the Wye Valley.