The name of the hill up which you are going to walk is Cockshoot Hill - surely a memento of the medieval requirement to improve archery skills by ‘shooting at the cock’. This was not a real bird but a feathered target.
Further up the hill the track emerges through the hedge onto another track to your left along the field track and you may see a low mound covered by brambles. This is the base of an old water tower which once served Shefford many years ago. The land in front leads to Southill House, the home of the Whitbread family of brewery fame from whom The Samuel Whitbread School and Community College in Clifton takes its name. At the end of this path (through the gap in the hedge) where the path meets in a T-Junction turn right (in an easterly direction) towards the large metal gate now with a hedge on your right hand side.
Following the main track for about 200 metres until you reach the metal farmers gate a turn right at a signed footpath sign so the hedge continues on your right and you see a small wooded area in front of you.
Continuing on the circular walk proceed along the path keeping first the hedge and then the wood on your right. Whilst following the hedge look to the left behind you and you will see the TV transmission mast at Sandy Heath - the main source of television signals in the majority of this part of East Anglia.
The wood itself (part of Cockshoot Hill Grove) supports a wide variety of wild life including bluebells and wood anemones in spring. There is a small unofficial semi used path in this wooded area which takes you through the wood parallel to the main path next to the wood. Take special care as there may be fallen trees making the pathway difficult for the less able walker.
At the bottom corner of the wood after using the path or walking through the wooded area you are rewarded with some spectacular views of Shefford and the surrounding villages and places of interest. If you have used the path running the perimeter of the wood you will find a gap in the hedge and a seat to help you enjoy your views.
On the bench there is a worn out metal board guiding you to see certain points of interest as this forms part of the larger Navigators Way.
To your right you can see the Chicksands Intelligence and Security Centre owned by the Ministry of Defence. Until recently RAF Chicksands was a listening station which helped to decode the German Enigma signals during World War 2 and was linked closely to Bletchley Park.
Also to your diagonal right you can see on a clear day the distinctive outline of the Sharpenhoe Clappers - a wooded hill towards Barton crowned by a beech wood. On a very clear day you can see the surrounding water towers at Meppershall, Barton and Langford and if the sun is right it shines straight back towards you off The Lister Hospital building in Stevenage.
If it is a clear day take you binoculars you may see more interesting detail than with just the naked eye.
To finish the walk simply walk back down the path at the edge of the field down towards the houses of Lucas Way and Gresham Way and wander on the main path back into the town centre over the River Flit bridge and perhaps via a pub or tea shop?