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.

The weather started to close in and we hurried onwards towards the road to Chequers and then to the foot of Coombe Hill. Turning right at the cross paths, we followed the track leading to Buckmoorend. We then walked along familiar paths and tracks through the woods to Cadsden and taking the path by the pub which led across the golf course, we arrived in Whiteleaf and made our way to The Red Lion.   Much merriment and good food at the pub revived us and, after lunch, we walked back to KOC in high spirits.

Strollers 11th December – cancelled due to snow
Medium Walk December 15th led by Chris Mansfield

After heavy snowfalls and freezing conditions followed by rain then more frost we didn’t expect the going to be easy! Nonetheless, 13 walkers assembled with warm clothes, hats , gloves and scarves and we set off from Kings Oak Close at 9.30am to walk up to Whiteleaf then on over the golf course which still had freezing bits of snow on it and reached Cadsden. We then took a level path soon ascending gently up a valley but were brought to a halt by fallen trees blocking the path. As no-one had thought to bring a machete we pushed and pulled our way through to continue on the path to reach a junction. As the sun came out we continued ahead now going along field edges in quite deep snow with lovely snowy views all around – a magical scene. After reaching the end of the fields we emerged onto a track leading up to Solinger Farm – easy walking here – then later we turned off the track to follow a woodland path, level at first but then going steeply uphill – no snow here at all!. At the top we found a friendly log to sit on and enjoy our elevenses before setting off again on a rather muddy stretch through woodland to reach the road at Redland End. It was a relief to walk on the road for a while towards the Pink & Lily but once there we turned off onto another footpath, also very muddy, to reach another road. Here we turned left along the road now heading for Green Hailey and the Nature Reserve at the top of Whiteleaf Hill. We took a path through the Nature Reserve and on emerging out onto the hill where we had spectacular views, we turned right to follow a path, still quite icy and snowy leading gently downhill before joining the road again. Once back on the road we just followed it down to the main road and back to Kings Oak Close where we had soup, crusty bread and cheese followed by mince pies in a very jolly atmosphere.

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