Long Walk 7th March led by Jenny & David Brown
West Wycombe to Risborough, 9 miles
This was a linear walk in good weather with light cloud and sunshine. Our party of 11 took public transport to West Wycombe where we began the walk with a stiff climb up to the Dashwood Mausoleum and St Lawrence church. From this viewpoint we had excellent and far reaching views along the valleys and ridges, which continued throughout the walk.
The route then progressed along the ridge and down to Bradenham. From here we walked up the west ridge through open fields, bridle paths and woods to Lacey Green, for lunch at the Black Horse pub. Following excellent and good value food and drink, four of the group finished their walk and caught the bus back to Risborough, whilst the remaining seven walkers continued for another 3 miles back to Risborough via Pyrton Springs and the Ridgeway.
A refreshing Spring walk which was very welcome after all the heavy snow and icy conditions of the previous week. Continue reading Walking – March 2018
Long Walk 7th February led by Peter West
Thirteen walkers met in the car park of the Red Lion cafe at Bradenham prior to departing on their 8 miles route which would take in the fine Chiltern countryside. After days of cold, damp, and hazy weather, the day was beautiful with glorious sunshine and unlimited views. A hard overnight frost had firmed up muddy patches which was much appreciated by everyone. Continue reading Walking – February 2018
Long Walk 3rd January led by Chris Mansfield
After lots of heavy rain over Christmas and New Year and damaging winds overnight, ten of us met at The Shoulder of Mutton, Wendover not sure what to expect. As it was, the winds had died down, there was no more rain and we even had glimpses of the sun. We set off at 9.30 to walk down through the town and then out along a path by the clock tower, soon leaving it to follow a muddy path leading us to Hale Road and then on into Hale Lane to reach a forestry footpath uphill into Wendover Woods. We climbed steadily through the woods, later gaining a contour path giving good views over Wendover and the surrounding countryside before reaching a wide track on top leading us to the car park and toilets. Continue reading Walking – January 2018
Long Walk 6th December led by Angela Wall
A party of 13 walkers and one dog met at Kings Oak Close to start an eight mile local walk in familiar countryside. After walking to Whiteleaf, we took the track behind the golf club and made our way to Cadsden. Passing The Plough we crossed the road and turned on to the Ridgeway which led us to Grangelands and then across the Rifle Range with lovely views over Aylesbury Vale. We walked towards Chequers but turned off right towards the box wood and Beacon Hill and on towards Ellesborough. We stopped for elevenses before reaching Ellesborough Church and enjoyed some Christmas Cranberry and Orange Tiffin to keep our morale high. Continue reading Walking – December 2017
Long Walk 1st November led by Chris Mansfield
Fourteen walkers met at the Grand Junction pub in Bulbourne on a lovely sunny autumn day. We set off at 9.30 to walk along the canal for a mile or so before leaving it near Tring Station to follow the Ridgeway path up to Wiggington. After a short break we set off again now going downhill, past the obelisk and on down through Tring Park to reach Tring by the Natural History Museum. The scenery was beautiful with the trees now changing colour. We walked along Tring High Street then turned off by the church to continue along a path leading past play areas and housing. As we neared the end of this path a phone call was received from 2 members who had lost us! Continue reading Walking – November 2017
Long Walk 4th October led by John Stallwood
There were 12 of us walking gathering at the start in Lane End car park. After phoning the pub with our lunch order (important!), giving Health &Safety speech we set off at about 9-35. We took a roadside path towards Boulter End then crossed the road at Lacey’s farm and continued on across fields towards Fingest, then on around under the windmill hill towards Turville. where we encountered a film crew filming next to the footpath. They were BBC America filming a thriller called “Killing Eve “. Time for a coffee break! – which went on longer than anticipated. Then on up the side road out of Turville, across fields towards wood on the far side, then a circular route through a wood taking us to the far end of Skirmett. Because of extended coffee stop I decided to alter the route slightly and go up the track to Parmoor then across fields to Frieth. A short walk through this lovely Bucks village brought us to the Prince Albert pub for lunch, only 5mins later than ETA! After an enjoyable meal in a nice friendly pub, a short walk through a wood and along a short road walk led us back to Lane End. An interesting walk done by joining up some familiar paths and others I’d never walked but it worked well and I had no complaints.
Continue reading Walking – October 2017
Long Walk 6th September led by Angela Wall
Twelve of us met at the NT Car Park at the top of Watlington Hill on a fine autumn morning and set off along the path to the very top of the hill overlooking Watlington. Stopping for a while to admire the wonderful view, we then carefully made our way down the steep slope alongside the famous white mark until we came to the foot of the hill. Turning left along the Ridgeway track we walked for about a mile until we came to a lane leading left from the Ridgeway. Taking this lane we walked past Dame Alice Farm and on to a track then turned left on to a lovely wooded path until reaching a house intriguingly called Dumbledore on the main road. Continue reading Walking – September 2017
Long Walk 2nd August led by Chris Mansfield
Eight of us met at the public car park in Goring on a rather grey day with rain promised later. We set off at 9.30 up the High Street, over the railway then crossing the road to walk through an estate of nice houses to reach fields. Our path led uphill giving good views before descending into a valley and entering Great Chalk Wood. After half a mile we turned off right to follow a pretty bridle path passing Bottom Farm to reach a road at Blackbird’s Bottom near Cray’s Pond. We crossed the road to continue on a wide track across a field to reach another road. This we crossed into woodland but then missed our path by turning too soon and reach an encampment of young people living off the land. Continue reading Walking – August 2017
Long Walk 5th July led by Chris Mansfield
Eleven of us met at the river end of Ferry Lane in Medmenham on a rather warm, dry day. We set off at 9.50 to walk up Ferry Lane, cross the main road and take an uphill woodland path leading to the site of a Celtic hill fort. We continued on through woodland then passing some very nice properties before descending passing yet more lovely properties before turning off onto a footpath running in woodland along the edge of a valley. Later we descended into the valley, leaving the woods to cross over and climb gently up the other side passing a wonderful field of wild flowers and then back into woodland where we followed arrows on trees. Leaving the woods once more we walked along narrow lanes before turning off into Homefield Wood where we followed a flat path along the bottom of a valley. Continue reading Walking – July 2017
Long Walk 7th June led by Pat Fowler
11 of us met at The Crown public house for a 9 mile walk around the area. Having pre-ordered our lunch we set off smartly heading through fields towards Stokenchuch. With houses appearing in the distance we turned right to enter woods, going steeply downhill. Our tracks became undulating, a mixture of fields and woods. We crossed the first of five stiles by Hall Barn Farm nestling in the valley below Stokenchurch. (It was here a good number of years ago an ex policeman who ran a boarding kennels was murdered by some itinerants because he refused to let them have their dog back). Continue reading Walking – June 2017