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.
Strollers 13th August – led by Brendan Larkin
Strollers this month was from Cuddington. It was somewhat overcast with a promise of light showers. A dozen people turned up and we set off on time. It was a gentle amble down towards Nether Winchendon over the river Thame. Turn right at the old mill, follow the course of the Thame and circle back around to Cuddington. The number and variety of the stiles that we encountered, was much commented on. The bull watching us, quickened the heartbeats of most, I think.
We were lucky to be chosen by Bob, to be photographed.
Medium Walk 10th August led by Sheila Lane
8 of us met at Mill End car park, with three well-behaved dogs. Weather was fine and cooler than recently and the walk along the river was enjoyed by all. At Henley, we turned inland and found our way to The Flower Pot for lunch which we reached just in time to get under cover as the skies clouded over and the heavens opened. We enjoyed our lunch; outdoors rain fell heavily, so heavily that the surrounding roads flooded in no time at all. We stayed in the pub but then it brightened up so off we went again to return to Mill End. We were very fortunate as the weather stayed fine, the sun shone and we reached the cars with no problems.
It was a good walk, enjoyed by dogs and their owners equally!
Shakespeare Way Leg 5 August 23rd
Chipping Norton to Ditchley Park, 9 miles
Fourteen of us met in Kings Oak Close for the mini bus to take us to Chipping Norton. We set off at 9am and arrived at our destination at 10.15 ready for the walk to Ditchley Park. There had been rain overnight and it was still drizzling as we drove up there but by the time we started the walk all rain had stopped and it was quite warm and humid but with a fresh breeze from time to time. Our route led us out of town and along field paths to reach and cross the river Glyme – just a small brook at this point. We followed the path by the ‘river’ soon reaching Old Chalford farm where we stopped by two pretty pools for elevenses. Continuing on we walked through the farmyard then on across fields where ancient earthworks could be seen marking the site of the medieval village of Nether Chalford. At Stone Farm we turned left onto a narrow road leading steeply downhill through the very pretty village of Lidstone and over the river Glyme, now a bigger river. After crossing the river we took a very narrow, slightly overgrown path through woodland beside the river at first but soon climbing away to take more field paths to reach and cross the busy A44. After more field paths we crossed the drive to Heythrop Park before going steeply downhill into the Glyme valley by an old mill. where we turned onto a road going steeply uphill to reach the Crown Pub at Church Enstone for lunch, arriving at 1.10pm. A table had been reserved for us and all the food pre-ordered which was very quickly and efficiently served – a lovely pub with very friendly staff and very good food!
After lunch we set off again at 2.15 to follow a pretty path to the village of Cleveley – on the River Glyme, complete with waterfall! We walked through this tiny village, crossed the river and took a steep, narrow path out of the village, over a road then on through a pretty plantation called The Green Eye Way to reach and cross the A44 again. We continued on along field paths passing Deadman’s Riding Wood – a very large, dense area of woodland to finally reach a track then a road as we entered Ditchley Park. The intention had been to exit the Park via the Lodge gate to meet the bus, but an estate worker informed us that the gate was locked! So we decided to continue on the Shakespeare Way for another ¾ mile (which gave us fabulous views of the Mansion) and reached a public road where we turned off to walk another mile to where the bus was waiting for us, arriving just after 4.30pm – so added about a mile and three quarters to our walk! We all collapsed into the bus and the driver soon whisked us home, arriving soon after 5.30pm. Another lovely day.
Main Walk August 27th – Bank Holiday, no walk