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Walking – January 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

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Walking – December 2017

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

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Walking – November 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

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Walking – October 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.

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Walking – September 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

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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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