Long Walk 4th January led by Jenny & David Brown
Pishill and Russell’s Water 6.5 miles
This walk was originally planned to be 9 miles in length but as our original pub lunch stop had decided to close for a post Christmas break, we shortened the walk so that we could start and finish at the Crown pub in Pishill. Further complications arose when the publican told us another walking group numbering 18 people was expected at 1.30 pm. Consequently, we started the walk a little earlier to ensure we arrived at the pub before the other group!
Fourteen of us joined the walk and people were keen to blow away the ‘cobwebs’ of Christmas and New Year and, as the weather was cloudy but dry; we were largely able to avoid muddy areas. The route meandered up and down through lovely beech woods and took us onto the ancient open common land at Russell’s Water, before we enjoyed a short break by the picturesque village pond, which featured in the film ‘’Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’’ Although there were at least six fairly steep hills to climb during the walk, it was worth it for far reaching views and we kept up a good pace, arriving at the Crown pub for another excellent lunch just after 12.30 pm.
Medium Walk January 13th led by Angela Wall
The day before our walk, snow had fallen and there was a hard frost overnight. Would we be able to walk in the morning? Sixteen people had said they would join the walk but there was no surprise when 5 decided that the weather conditions were too dodgy. However, 11 people met at KOC and bravely started to walk down Mill Lane and along Wellington Avenue, whilst a heavy snow shower and icy pavements made walking difficult. Crossing over Longwick Road and over Park MIll fields, which were luckily frozen and so not too muddy, the snow storm eased and we decided that we would continue over to Horsenden. The weather improved and we agreed we would attempt the planned walk and so trudged over frozen fields to Bledlow and along to The Lions Inn. By this time our spirits had risen, especially as there were patches of blue sky visible. Taking the track besides the pub, we climbed up to The Ridgeway where the snow lay more thickly and the trees and hedgerows looked beautiful with frosted branches. The blue sky patches became larger and the sun came out and we were surrounded with sparkling whiteness. Our path led us over Lodge Hill which looked spectacular in the snow, then downhill over the golf course and the two railway lines. Crossing two fields and the main Wycombe road, we took the track which led up to Loosely Row and climbing up Loosely Hill road we arrived at The Whip Inn. After a good lunch, 8 of us caught the bus back to Monks Risborough whilst 3 hardy souls walked the extra 3 miles back. After a very wintry start, we were very lucky and had a lovely winter’s walk in spite of it being Friday the 13th!
Strollers 9th January led by Jenny Boorer
Muddy …. muddy…. muddy!!! We did have a few strollers who got stuck in the mud & thought they were coming out minus their footwear. I was assured that this walk was not the muddiest, or was everyone just being kind to the first timer!
A very pleasant walk with 9 strollers. We started at the Pink & Lily pub, descended through woods to a valley & into Kiln Lane whose history can be traced back for at least 2000 years. Major General Sir Colin McVean Gubbins lived at White House Farm, Kiln Lane, Lacey Green. The oldest feature of Kiln Lane is Grim’s Ditch, an ancient earthwork, consisting of an earthen bank and ditch.
Main Walk January 23rd led by Chris Mansfield
Twelve eager walkers met at The Swan, Great Kimble on a dry, frosty morning a little cloudy but with hazy sunshine. We set off at 10am walking along frozen paths to reach and cross the main A4010 before starting a long uphill walk taking us up to Chequers. By the time we were walking down the hill near Chequers the sun had melted some of the frost so that the path became exceedingly muddy making walking quite difficult as we accumulated lots of mud on our boots. We were all pleased as we finished that path and continued on much drier woodland paths, uphill slightly at first but then levelling out so we were now able to go at a reasonable speed. We left this nice easy path to cross a large field, level to begin with but then uphill, on another exceedingly muddy path to reach Ellesborough church. We walked up past the church then steeply downhill through the graveyard and on down to reach the Aylesbury Ring. Here we turned left to soon reach the Ellesborough road just before its junction with the A4010. We walked along the road, crossed the main road and followed field paths back to Great Kimble, arriving at 12.50pm. Eight people stayed for lunch which was quickly and efficiently served, all in a very convivial atmosphere. A good walk on a lovely day – shame about the mud!