Friday, 25 October 2019

Trip to Barton Hills

These are photographs of residents of Camphill Milton Keynes going on a walking trip to Barton Hills.
Barton Hills are situated southeast of the village of Barton-le-Clay in the English county of Bedfordshire. They are part of the Chilterns and hiking routes are marked on maps at the entrance to the hills. From the foot of the hillside, a spring (Barton Springs) marks the start of a chalk stream river. During the summer, Dartmoor ponies roam the hills.
A large part of the area is managed by Natural England as a national nature reserve. The reserve is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The steep well-grazed slopes are a classic downland habitat, however there were no sheep on the hills from about 1930 until the 1980s and a woodland has formed on the hillside to the west of the stream which issues from Barton Springs.
Alex Fox

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