Long Walk: 2nd September led by Chris Mansfield
Bledlow & Radnage, 9.5 miles
It was a dry though mostly cloudy day as 9 of us met in Bledlow. We set off at 9.30 walking past the Lions and on along the Swan’s Way before taking an uphill path to reach the Nature Reserve on top of Chinnor Hill where the views made up for the effort required to get there. There had been a lot of rain on the preceding days so the paths were quite muddy in places. From there we walked to the car park, along the lane to reach Red Lane where we turned left and after half a mile right on a path leading downhill, then uphill to emerge on a lane at Sprig’s Alley. Here we turned right for a short distance before going left on a path leading downhill between banks through woodland – again quite muddy. At a fork we continued ahead on the edge of the wood before descending steeply to reach the valley bottom and Colliers Track, an old drover‘s route, where we turned eastwards along the flat path leading us to the road at Bennett‘s End. We turned left to walked past the Three Horseshoes, alas no longer open, and on up the lane then across a field to reach Radnage Church. We walked through the
churchyard, across a field then up towards woodland where we climbed the steep path coming out into grassland studded with deep blue scabious, still climbing, finally reaching the top of the scarp at Bledlow Ridge and the Boot for lunch, arriving at 12.50pm. The pub was surprisingly very full, but we had booked a table which had been set out for us in the dining room. The food was very good, though the doorstep sandwiches were a bit too large for most people. Leaving the pub at 2.10 we followed the Chiltern Way to Rout’s Green with wonderful views as we went, then continued on still on the Chiltern Way following it all the way back to Bledlow arriving at 3.40pm. A lovely walk, a good one to do in Spring.
Strollers Walk : September 14th led by Brendan Larkin
Much to my surprise six people turned out, in spite of the rain which held off for MOST of the walk. Just a modest circle including a small stretch of the Phoenix trail.
Some free plums half way round! Lunch at the Peacock. The heavens opened just after we sat down.
Medium Walk – September 11th led by David & Jenny Brown
Aston Hill & Drayton Beauchamp, 8 miles
It was a warm sunny September as 8 of us met at The Oak Tree pub in Aston Clinton. We set off at 9.30 to walk across fields to reach the main road then turning up Stablebridge lane to reach the canal – GUC – Wendover Arm. We walked along the canal for a short distance before taking a pretty woodland path leading uphill to reach and cross the A 4011 to take another path leading uphill to reach a golf course. We followed the path across the golf course stopping to look back over the wonderful views before continuing on past the club house and then uphill through the woods to reach the top of Aston Hill. Here we turned left to follow another woodland path now going downhill to emerge on a lane at Dancersend where we turned right for a short distance before going left along field paths, then under the A41 and on to Drayton Beauchamp and its church. We spent a little time reading some of the grave stones before continuing on across a fields to reach the canal again near Buckland Wharf. We walked along the canal – overgrown in places but obviously tended in others where it went along the backs of gardens to reach the bridge at Stablebridge road again. From there it was a mile along roads back to The oak for lunch, arriving at 1.10. We had pre-ordered food and were very quickly served out in the garden – very good food and very good value.
GUC Walk – leg 7 September 10th Tring to Leighton Buzzard, 11 miles
Ten of us walked this leg today on a beautiful sunny day. We took the 500 bus to Cow Lane just outside Tring then the Ridgeway for about a mile to reach the canal where we left it last month arriving at about 10.40am. It was a lovely day with lots of boats moving through the locks, wonderful hedgerows with an abundance of blackberries, plums and rosehips plus lots of wildlife on the water. It was a long morning with 10 miles to cover before lunch at the Grove Lock near Leighton Buzzard and everyone was very pleased to finally arrive there at 2.10. This is a lovely canalside pub and they had a reserved a table for us and the food was good and speedily served. We were on our way again soon after 3pm for the short easy walk to Leighton Buzzard where we arrived at 3.30 – half an hour before our bus was due – we could have had another 20 minutes in the pub! The 150 bus stop was very convenient being almost on the canal bridge and had a little wall where weary walkers could sit and wait for the bus. It came promptly on time and we were back in Aylesbury at 4.30 in time to board a waiting 300 bus back to Risborough. What timing! Another wonderful day. Another 5 did this leg on September 17th.
Main Walk : September 28th Leaders Jenny & Colin Robinson
Sunny and warm, spectacular scenery, great company. There were 14 of us, 3 males, some in shorts!
We started at the Lions of Bledlow at 10:05. We walked via Horsenden and Saunderton, and then via The Ridgeway through Princes Risborough Golf Club and Lodge Hill, returning to the pub at 12:30.