Milton Keynes Boundary Walk, Day 1

Today I finally got round to starting another long distance path – it’s about six weeks since I finished the Chiltern Way! The Milton Keynes Boundary Walk is about 60 miles long, so it will take me 8 days to walk it (going both ways).

I started at Stony Stratford – ‘the jewel in Milton Keynes’ – and followed the river Great Ouse for a couple of miles. I then followed the Grand Union Canal for over four miles, before crossing farmland for about a mile. I ended up near a farm in the middle of nowhere – well, somewhere in Northants actually, this was the first time I’d walked in that county.

It was a nicer walk than I’d expected, I’m not keen on too much canal towpath walking (they tend to be a bit flat!). Very muggy all day – very grey skies when I set off, brightening later but then greying over again.

I took just over 150 photos, so should have plenty for the web site when I eventually add the walk to it. It was a great day for wildlife – I saw two flowers that were new to me, Purple Loosestrife and Marsh Woundwort, I got decent photos of Gatekeeper and Red Admiral butterflies, and got my first photo of a damselfly, a Banded demoiselle.

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