TL1847 : Paths and steps at The Lodge

near to Beeston, Bedfordshire, Great Britain

Paths and steps at The Lodge
Paths and steps at The Lodge
The steps opposite are part of the main circular route around the nature reserve, taking in the cleared heathland and the meadow with its hide. The path I'm standing on provides an additional loop via the quarry. The foxgloves visible beside the path are to be found throughout the reserve in both purple and white varieties.
The Lodge RSPB Nature Reserve
The land was purchased in 1851 by Captain Sir William Peel - At the time it was probably open heath. He planted it with trees and built the Swiss Cottage style house that is now the gatehouse and shop on the reserve. Awarded the Victoria Cross in 1854, Capt. Sir William Peel VC KCB died during the Indian Mutiny in 1858 of smallpox. The land passed to his brother, Arthur Wellesley Peel, who built the main house known as The Lodge in 1870. In World War II the land, then owned by Lord Stewart of Stewartby, was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and used for storing ammunition and weapons. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) purchased the land and opened the reserve to the public in 1961. It is the Society's headquarters. The woodland, heath and acid grassland of the reserve cover 180 hectares, and are being restored to form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire. The reserve also contains a well preserved Iron Age hill fort.

Information from Wikipedia and the RSPB website where a fuller and more detailed history can be found.
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Woodland, Forest  Sport, Leisure  Paths  Country estates 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 18781 47924 [1m precision]
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