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Walking – December 2018

Long Walk 5th December led by Chris Mansfield

Seven of us meet at The Swan, Kimble on a rather dreary but mild December day. There had been heavy overnight rain and the forecast for the day was for more rain! So suitably attired we set off at 9.15 to walk towards Little Kimble station then on along the road, then field paths to reach Ellesborough. The paths were very muddy and the (many!) stiles quite slippery but everyone managed without mishap. After crossing the road in Ellesborough we continued along the field path before turning right to walk up through the golf course to reach and cross the Wendover road. Our path now led us alongside the golf course just on the edge of woodland and reached the road up to the Beacon where we continued along another woodland in the same direction to later meet the Ridgeway at a cross paths. Here we turned right downhill and reached the road at Chequers where we diverted slightly to visit Buckmoorend farm shop. Rain had been falling gently on and off during our walk but never became heavy. Continuing on we followed the Ridgeway across Chequers then on to reach the Aylesbury Ring leading us to the main road at Great Kimble from where we followed footpaths back to The Swan at Little Kimble, arriving at 12.55. After getting out of all our wet and muddy gear we went into the pub where a table had been reserved for us – 2 more people joined us for lunch which was quickly and efficiently served. A good time was had by all as we sat eating, drinking and chatting – a fine way to spend a dull December day!

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Walking – November 2018

Long Walk 7th November led by John Stallwood

10 of us gathered together at the Wheel pub just before 9-30am. It wasn’t raining at the time but the forecast was horrible ! I handed in our pre-ordered menu to the pub and off we went. First we headed towards North Dean through fields and woods, on up the hill towards Speen then down towards the former pub, The Plough, then up the hill opposite towards Lacey Green where we stopped for a coffee break. We had had drizzle and a shower but not a lot yet ! Continuing on we went round by church lane down a path towards NT car park in Small Dean lane nr Saunderton. Here the weather did start to change for the worse so I changed my intended route so that we stayed mostly in the wood, sheltered from the full force of the wind and rain before going diagonally across Bradenham/Napill commons to the pub arriving a bit bedraggled but surprisingly not too wet. Good food awaited.   A excellent walk, with stunning views of the autumn colours. A few too many stiles which were very slippery due to the wet. About 7.7 miles long.    Continue reading Walking – November 2018


Walking – October 2018

Long Walk 3rd October led by Chris Mansfield

Nine of us met at the Black Horse, Lacey Green on a dry but cloudy day. We set off at 9.15 to walk down Kiln Lane then soon branching off along a bridleway to reach Lily Bottom Lane. After such a hot dry summer this bridleway which is usually extremely muddy at the best of times, was quite dry and we reached Lily Bottom in record time! We then took a path up though woodland to Redland End then on through more woodland to finally reach the track leading to Solinger House. Here we turned right to reach and cross the road continuing on and up past Dirtywood farm and into more woods where we stopped for a coffee break, seated on a large log. Continue reading Walking – October 2018


Walking – September 2018

Long Walk 5th September led by Colin Robinson

Just seven of us met at the public car park near Streatley, Bedfordshire at 10am to walk around the Sharpenoe Clappers and Sundon Hills – a new area for us being right at the north eastern edge of the Chilterns. It was a fine bright day and the walk though undulating was never too arduous and afforded wonderful views in all directions. After 4 miles of this circular walk we reached the Chequers at Streatley where our pre-ordered lunch was soon served by very friendly staff. Leaving the pub we walked the final 3 miles back to the car park. It was a very beautiful and interesting walk, certainly one to do again. Continue reading Walking – September 2018


Walking – August 2018

Long Walk 1st August led by Chris Mansfield

Seven of us set off from the Red Lion, Little Missenden at 9.15 on a warm sunny day, though not as hot as the previous days and weeks! We followed a level path towards Amersham arriving at the cricket pitch then followed paths on the edge of town along backs of gardens before crossing the A404 over a footbridge leading away from town. Our path now took us gently uphill, soon giving wonderful views as we continued on to Coleshill. We walked through the village, admiring the many large properties before stopping for elevenses on in the church yard. Continuing on, we soon left the village to take a path leading us to Winchmore Hill, another village but with not such large houses. From here we took field paths to reach Penn Street where we took a path leading us past the church and on through Penn Wood to reach and cross the A404. We followed a quiet lane before turning off to follow Toby’s Lane, an old drover’s road (often muddy but not today!), level at first but then going downhill into the valley to reach Little Missenden and the pub for lunch. We had lunch sitting in the garden, good value and quickly served. A lovely end to an interesting walk. Continue reading Walking – August 2018


Walking – July 2018

Long Walk 4th  July led by Angela Wall

We had planned a walk of 8 miles in the Long Crendon area but the forecast was for hot, sunny weather with 290 C temperatures. So we cut the walk to 5 miles to avoid the heat of the midday sun. We walked from the Eight Bells pub towards the famous courthouse and then took a shady path past the manor house and down the hill into fields. The weather was cool, a breeze was blowing and the sky was cloudy so we were in great spirits and pooh-poohed the weather forecast of excessive heat! We meandered beside fields of barley and wheat until we reached Notley Barn where we passed behind the stable block and the beautiful Notley dovecote. The path then took us into a lovely wooded area beside a stream, over the railway line and on to the village of Chearsley. We walked through the narrow lanes and admired the old thatched cottages then after passing the village green, we took the road to Chilton. Continue reading Walking – July 2018


Walking – June 2018

Long Walk 6th  June led by Jenny & David Brown

Remote Chiltern Villages – Stokenchurch to Fingest circular 10 miles

In a walking guide book, this area is described as a ‘remote and tranquil landscape, more reminiscent of the northern dales than the Chilterns’. As a bonus, the walk also visits three attractive small villages Ibstone, Turville and Fingest. Turville of course being famous as the film set for the Vicar of Dibley’ TV series starring Dawn French.

On a bright and sunny morning, our group of 8 began the walk at Stokenchurch and after walking under the M40 motorway shortly reached wood and field paths taking us away from the drone of the motorway traffic. We had far reaching rural views across the Wormsley estate, owned by the Paul Getty family. The wooded path then led down into the valley before making a steep ascent to Ibstone common. Continue reading Walking – June 2018


Walking – May 2018

Long Walk 2nd  May led by Jenny & David Brown

Nettlebed and Nuffield ‘’Bluebell Walk’’

This was a circular walk in quite heavy spring showers which fortunately ceased towards the end of the walk. Our party of 12 began in Nettlebed village and walked across Nettlebed common and through the beech woodland to Westwood Manor farm. Here we had good views across the steep valley towards the Five Horseshoes pub at Upper Maidensgrove. Continue reading Walking – May 2018


Walking – April 2018

Long Walk 4th  April led by Peter West

Wormsley Valley, 10.5 miles

The forecast was bleak: rain and strong winds. However, the rain did not start until about 11 am but continued for most of the rest of the walk but was never heavy. There had been much rain over the previous days and this had the greatest impact on the walk as footpaths and even fields we crossed were very muddy making walking laborious. Continue reading Walking – April 2018


Walking – March 2018

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