During Helen’s stay at the weekend, we varied our daily walk, taking the footpath to Didbrook, about a mile to the south-east of the Toddington roundabout. The footpath starts near the GWR steam railway station. A restored period delivery van is parked in the field near the beginning of the walk.
Initially, we follow the line of the railway track for about half a mile, passing some of the GWR reserve rolling stock in the sidings
Jay enjoys running through a large field of grass and buttercups – other fields passed contain wheat, broad beans and sheep.
In Didbrook, we join a road leading to the village, and rest on a seat under a large horse chestnut tree opposite the Acorn Smithy
Just round the corner stands St George’s parish church, a simple 15th Century building (in contrast to its sister church in Toddington – much later and grander), which blends well with its setting. The bullet holes in the door allegedly date from the Civil War.
It was the last day of May and extremely warm, so we retraced our footsteps at this point, finding we had a steam train for company along the railway on the way back.