Category Archives: Walking

Walking – August 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

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Walking – July 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

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Walking – June 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

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Walking – May 2017

Long Walk 3rd May led by Chris Mansfield

Thirteen of us met at Dry Leas car park in Henley – a new car park for us out at the Rugby Club and half the price of the ones in town! We set off at 9.40 to walk uphill along streets to the upper part of town where we met Jenny & David who had parked at the pub in Rotherfield Greys and walked down to Henley to meet us and join the walk (they needed to leave immediately after lunch). We continued uphill and reached the golf course then followed the public footpath across it and entered Lambridge Wood where we encountered beautiful drifts of bluebells. It was dry but no sunshine but still the combination of bluebells and the fresh green beech leaves made a wonderful sight. We continued on through more woodland and passing more bluebells to finally reach Shepherds Green not far from Greys Court. Continue reading Walking – May 2017

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Walking – April 2017

Long Walk 5th April led by Chris Mansfield

Sixteen walkers met at Turville Heath on a dry, bright but cold day. The weather had been dry for some time so all the mud of previous walks had gone – just very hard ground – so walking was much easier. We set off at 9.35 to walk towards Turville Grange then on across a field and into a wood going steeply downhill to reach a lane outside the gates to the Wormsley Estate. We walked through more woodland then climbed steeply uphill to reach St Nicholas churchyard. Along the way we saw many sights of Spring with the hedgerows turning green and wild flowers in the fields and woods – celandine, wood anemone, primroses and even one or two early bluebells. By now it was quite warm with lots of sunshine as we continued on a high level path giving wonderful views over the Hambleden Valley before descending into the village of Turville. Continue reading Walking – April 2017

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Walking – March 2017

Long Walk 1st March led by Chris Mansfield

Thirteen eager walkers met at Court Gardens, Marlow on a grey but dry day. We set off at 9.40 to walk uphill through Marlow by paths and steps to emerge at the top of the town, then to take a pretty path leading into Davenport Woods. We turned left in the woods to head south through Hollowhill Woods and Hog Wood to reach a tarmac lane leading to the Marlow to Henley Road just outside Medmenham. We walked along the road until reaching a path just outside the village leading us to the River Thames. We walked along this pretty path under the white cliffs of Danesfield to the weir at Hurley where our path climbed up and then entered a tunnel underneath the grounds of Danesfield. Continue reading Walking – March 2017

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Walking – February 2017

Long Walk 1st February led by Pat Fowler

Eleven of us met at The Crown public house for the February long walk on a damp drizzly day. Renovations were taking place at the pub and we all squashed into what remained of the bar to pre-order our food. A suggestion that in view of the weather we stayed and drank coffee all morning made the publican’s eyes light up, but we are a hardy bunch and so off we went despite the rain, in good spirits heading for ‘Pophleys’ the house where Ian Anderson of the group Jethro Tull lived before de-camping to a Scottish Island. Heading downhill through woods (if you walk from Radnage you will always encounter hills) at the bottom we turned left to enter Radnage Woods. So far the tracks had all been good. A small diversion to avoid a very muddy field took us up hill towards Spriggs Alley. This alternative gave us a stretch of very boggy wooded track before coming out to the lane and turning right. In a short while we turned left off the lane to go downhill through woods heading for the Bledlow Ridge road. Continue reading Walking – February 2017

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Walking – January 2017

Long Walk 4th January led by Jenny & David Brown
Pishill and Russell’s Water 6.5 miles

This walk was originally planned to be 9 miles in length but as our original pub lunch stop had decided to close for a post Christmas break, we shortened the walk so that we could start and finish at the Crown pub in Pishill. Further complications arose when the publican told us another walking group numbering 18 people was expected at 1.30 pm. Consequently, we started the walk a little earlier to ensure we arrived at the pub before the other group! Continue reading Walking – January 2017

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Walking – December 2016

Long Walk 7th December led by Alan & Hana Mace

A 35 minute drive from KOC along country roads and through pretty Chiltern villages led us to East Claydon church, where we parked our cars. This was going to be a pleasant, not too strenuous walk through three small villages of black and white cottages built through the centuries to house rural craftsmen and estate workers.The weather was overcast but stayed dry and the walk started by passing a large and very old oak tree surrounded by a wooden bench with a conical thatched roof. To separate the next village of Botolph Claydon from East Claydon is a 1913 clock tower with one clock face for each community and next to the clock tower stands a disproportionately large Public Library built and stocked by the Verney family. Continue reading Walking – December 2016

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Walking and Gardening Groups – Christmas Party

It was Christmas party time again and we welcomed over 40 people from both the Gardening and Walking Groups to an afternoon enjoying each other’s company and meeting new friends.  We were treated to another of Doreen’s famous picture quizzes- this time testing our knowledge of historic houses – and a short, quirky quiz on things that could be found in the garden.  We then sat down to enjoy a wonderful selection of finger food, each plate having been donated by a guest,  This was accompanied with free -flowing wine and soft drinks ably served by Martin our expert wine waiter.  Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a lovely afternoon full of warmth and friendship.

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