Walking – March 2017

Long Walk 1st March led by Chris Mansfield

Thirteen eager walkers met at Court Gardens, Marlow on a grey but dry day. We set off at 9.40 to walk uphill through Marlow by paths and steps to emerge at the top of the town, then to take a pretty path leading into Davenport Woods. We turned left in the woods to head south through Hollowhill Woods and Hog Wood to reach a tarmac lane leading to the Marlow to Henley Road just outside Medmenham. We walked along the road until reaching a path just outside the village leading us to the River Thames. We walked along this pretty path under the white cliffs of Danesfield to the weir at Hurley where our path climbed up and then entered a tunnel underneath the grounds of Danesfield.

After the tunnel we turned right to continue towards Harleyford Golf Course where we saw an amazing sculpture of lions – all made out of wood – then on past the club house, along a field then turning right to regain the river at Temple Lock. Here we turned left to walk along the river path back to Marlow arriving at 1.10. After changing out of our muddy boots we went for lunch at The George & Dragon where a table had been reserved for us in a private room – they must have heard how noisy walkers can be! The lunch was extremely good value and pleasantly and efficiently served – must come here again. After a jolly hour and a half we left the pub to return to our cars and then to drive home. A very good day – and NO rain.

Medium Walk March 10th led by Chris Mansfield

Sixteen walkers met at The Royal Standard of England, Forty Green for the start of our walk. It was grey and murky with drizzle in the air but the day stayed dry. We set off at 9.30 heading north along a very muddy path, then on across a field also very muddy before reaching a drier track which led us to a lane and then to the main road in Penn. We crossed the road and continued along woodland and field paths to reach Winchmore Hill then continuing on along more field paths to reach Penn Street. Here we entered Penn wood where finding paths can be very tricky but we had no trouble today and emerged from the wood in the right place having negotiated an extremely muddy path. Leaving Penn Wood we entered Common Wood following a much drier path to again emerge in the right place! Continuing on we crossed two large fields before walking up the muddiest path yet to reach the main road in Penn again – not in the same place as before. Here three of our number elected to return to the pub along http://www.health-canada-pharmacy.com roads to avoid further mud while the rest of us battled on along muddy woodland paths arriving back at the pub at 1.35 – 15 minutes after those who took the road route! After getting off our muddy boots and outer garments we went into this very interesting pub where an area had been set aside for us over 4 tables. The food was very good and quickly served and a happy time was had by all as we ate, drank and discussed the state of the world. A good walk – one to repeat in Summer without the mud!

Strollers 13th March led by Arthur Edwards
Main Walk March 27th   led by Angela Wall

The forecast was for dry and sunny weather, but when 15 happy walkers met in the car park of The Eight Bells in Long Crendon, it was dull and misty with a cold wind. We set off in high spirits walking down the path by the church and into the fields towards Notley Abbey. After about a mile we passed through Notley Barn saying hello to all the horses who were leaning over their stable doors watching us with curiosity. We then walked past the lovely Notley dovecote, down into a field of sheep, and through a small attractive woodland by a stream, until we came to the railway line. Crossing this, we climbed steadily up to Chearsley and wandered around the old, lower part of this attractive village, before taking a lane leading to the main cross roads on the green. Our route then took us for a short distance up the road to Chilton before taking a path on the left that led us past some stables and horses to a path behind Chearsley Hill House and its ha-ha. Although still dull, we managed to enjoy some great views across the valley. Taking a turn left where the path met a track we met the Chilton road again, turned left and walked along it for about half a mile. Splendid views to Chilton, Dorton and Ashenden kept spirits high, as we climbed over a stile on the left by the entrance to Wombswell Farm, down across a field and along a path at the bottom of the valley. Eventually we took the signposted path on the left to tackle a route up a hilly field of sheep with their lambs towards a gate at the top. At last, the sun broke through the mist and we were rewarded with warmth and blue skies. The last part of the walk took us along a track with views over to the Chilterns, through College Farm and down a narrow wooded path to Long Crendon and The Eight Bells again. A satisfying lunch, fine weather and good company ended a splendid morning’s walk.