Long Walk: – January 8th led by Chris Mansfield
Tring canals & reservoirs 8 miles
After days of heavy rain the planned walk in the woods around Gt Hampden was abandoned because it was thought it would be just too muddy, so we decided to do a circular walk from Wilstone Reservoir.
Eight of us set off at 9.45 from Wilstone Reservoir car park on a dry morning with the sun threatening to come out. We started off by climbing the steps to reach the reservoir then followed the muddy path around until reaching a field where our route led us across fields to Drayton Beauchamp. We admired the church (from the outside) before continuing on behind it and down steps to reach the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union canal. Continue reading Walking – Jan 2014
December – 2013
Long Walk: – December 4th led by Chris Mansfield
West Wycombe & Bradenham 9 miles
Eight of us met at the Golden Cross, Saunderton on a rather grey and drizzly day after days of grey but dry weather. We set off at 9.25 to climb the ridge behind the pub and then to walk northwards with good views, somewhat marred by the low cloud though the going was soft but not too muddy. After crossing Haw Lane we continued on in the same direction for another mile before turning onto field paths to reach a lane at Saunderton Lee.
We turned right onto the lane, reached and crossed the A4010 and continued on up Little Lane until reaching a footpath on the right going steeply uphill to the top of the ridge. The skies were clearing now and we had some excellent views – the sun would have made them even better. We now turned southwards on an undulating path, crossed Smalldean Lane and continued on to Bradenham. We walked past the Manor and up into the woodlands following another undulating path to finally reach a track by the railway line. Continue reading Walking – Dec 2013
Long Walk: – November 6th led by Angela Wall
A Wet Walk in the Woods 8 miles
The forecast was RAIN all day so we counted ourselves lucky that it was not raining when we nine walkers and two dogs assembled in the car park at The Pink and Lily. Setting off fully prepared for wet weather with full waterproofs and stiff upper lips we walked down Lily Bottom Lane and into the woods opposite Lily Bank Farm. Here we met our first mud and squelched our way down through the woods to the road below Great Hampden and then up to the village cricket pitch. We took the opportunity to clean our boots on the grass before taking the path across the fields to the church.
Our path then led us through more squelchy mud and our first obstacle of the day – a large fallen tree across the path. Nothing daunted, the intrepid explorers found ways around it and with a sense of satisfaction, we regained our joie de vivre continuing on the path down to the Great Missenden road. Crossing the road we followed the path to Little Missenden, meeting more fallen trees and mud, but, amazingly, it was still not raining! Continue reading Walking – Nov 2013
Long Walk: – Lane End to Marlow – 9 miles
Ten of us met on a glorious sunny day in the car park at The Grouse and Ale, Lane End. We set off at 9.30 – no waterproofs or coats – just sunhats & sun screen. Our route led us south at first passing the church and on down to Moor Farm where we turned off the road to walk down a drive, across fields to reach woodland – very welcome on this hot day. Continue reading Walking – Sept 2013
Long Walk: – August 7th led by Chris Mansfield – West Wycombe – Fingest – 10 miles
A group of eleven set off from the car park by West Wycombe garden centre on a dry sunny day with a lovely cooling breeze – perfect walking weather. We set off at 9.40 to cross the A40 and take the lane uphill to Toweridge. From there we walked past some houses before taking a field path leading down into Hellbottom Woods where we soon turned right to walk along a woodland path through the wood, then on through Great Wood and finally Denham Wood where we emerged into a field to reach Wheeler End Common.
We crossed the common passing near to the Brickmaker’s Arms (under refurbishment) and had a short break by the war memorial before continuing on along lanes through Cadmore End Common, passing some very desirables residences. Our path now took us over the M40, then downhill through more woodland then fields giving glorious views over the Hambleden Valley towards Fingest. Continue reading Walking – August 2013
Long Walk: – July 5th led by Chris Mansfield
Gt Missenden – Wendover, 11 miles
A group of five set off from the car park at Gt Missenden at 9.20 on a grey but dry day. We left the car park and joined the South Bucks Way across fields to Mobwell and then on across more fields now going uphill to walk through Coneybank Wood. It was very muddy through the wood which surprised us as we had been having quite a lot of dry weather. We continued on still following South Bucks Way to reach cross paths at Cobblershill Farm where we left this path to take another path along the ridge to eventually reach Dunsmore.
Here we stopped for a short break by the duckpond where the sole resident, a white duck, came out to greet us, probably hoping for food. We soon continued our way on an undulating path to reach Wendover where we joined the Ridgeway Path which soon led us uphill into the woods. At the top of a hill we left the Ridgeway to follow woodland paths to reach the Swan at Swan Bottom – though some members of the group were so deep in conversation they walked straight past the pub without even noticing it! Must be a first. The leader kindly pointed out their error and we all went in for lunch. Continue reading Walking – July 2013
Long Walk: – June 5th led by Eileen & Geoff Heyes
Cowleaze Wood, Wormsley Estate, Northend & Christmas Common – 8.5 miles
A group of seven set off from the car park at Cowleaze Wood on a rather chilly June morning. Unusually our three ladies were in a minority on this occasion and as if trying to prove a point, set off at a pace which soon left the men trailing far behind. We continued in this fashion down the steep hill towards Lower Vicar’s Farm, with bluebells still visible to our right. We re-grouped to check the route, before climbing steeply up through the woods and then heading south into the Wormsley Estate. We soon passed by the cricket ground and finally the sun came out to greet us.
Our pace slowed a little now and we were able to enjoy the sound of a woodpecker before we emerged into more open ground with lovely views on all sides. We then joined the Chiltern Way for a short distance, but rather than following it all the way to Northend, progressed into the woods in the direction of Christmas Common. Once more the ladies established a commanding lead at the front of the group, relenting only when they agreed to pause for “elevenses” Continue reading Walking – June 2013
Long Walk: – May 1st led by Chris Mansfield – Windsor, Eton, Datchet and Windsor Great Park, 10 miles
Just four of us drove to Windsor on a clear sunny morning – a chill in the air but soon warming up. We parked in Home Farm car park and set off at 9.30 walking back into town to cross the bridge into Eton. We walked up Eton High Street to the College, walked through the buildings and out onto the playing fields. Spring was really in the air with all the hedgerows and trees leafing up and the grass so green.
Our path led us over Datchet golf course to the road which we crossed to join the Thames Path at Victoria Bridge. After a short distance the path beside the river ended at Datchet and we had to walk through the village along the road admiring the many large and expensive properties on the way, but disturbed by the almost constant noise from planes coming over to land at Heathrow. Continue reading Walking – May 2013
Long Walk Goring and Whitchurch, 9 ½ miles
Ten of us met in the public car park in Goring on yet another cold but bright day. The brisk easterly wind was very penetrating but we were all wrapped up well and ready for a good walk. After 2 weeks of dry cold weather the mud had almost all dried up to walking was much easier than it had been on previous walks this year. We set off at 9.40 soon climbing up and away from the town and getting good views back towards Goring and the Thames Valley.
Our undulating path led us down hill again before steadily climbing up though Great Chalk Wood along the Chiltern Way. At the top we left the Chiltern Way to follow a path going downhill at first then going gently uphill though more woodland and alongside fields to reach the road near Cray’s Pond. Here we crossed the road, crossed a large field and reached another road, crossing this and entering woodland. Continue reading Walking – April 2013