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
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
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
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
Long Walk 7th February led by Peter West
Thirteen walkers met in the car park of the Red Lion cafe at Bradenham prior to departing on their 8 miles route which would take in the fine Chiltern countryside. After days of cold, damp, and hazy weather, the day was beautiful with glorious sunshine and unlimited views. A hard overnight frost had firmed up muddy patches which was much appreciated by everyone. Continue reading Walking – February 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
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
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
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.
Continue reading Walking – October 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