Walking – November 2016

Long Walk 2nd November led by Peter West

The walk was advertised as being about 9 ½ miles long but proved to be more like 10 ½ when re-measured on the map after light-hearted mutterings from the walkers. We commenced the walk from Kings Oak Close, Monks Risborough, on a fine, sunny, autumn day. Turning left off Mill Lane, we crossed grassy fields passing through Askett and then across more fields before turning right over a stile before we reached the Old Grange. The path took us to the A4010 which we crossed and commenced the long climb to Pulpit Hill and then down through Pond Wood until we met the Great Missenden Road. Crossing this road, we were faced with a field which according to the map had a footpath across it, but none was to be seen. Crops had been planted so we had to make a detour so that we did as little damage a possible when making for the opposite side; thankfully, the soil was quite hard so no excessively muddy boots!

We were now faced with another long ascent up a narrow metalled road until we met the Icknield Way. Following this path, we had a long downhill stretch until we eventually met the Missenden Road again. After a short distance, we took the path that ran around the bases of Lodge Hill and Coombe Hill to cross the Wendover Road. A well-marked path now took us across the sacred turf of the Ellesborough Golf Club under the gaze of several golfers – silence all round was demanded! We were soon on the Aylesbury Ring which we followed until coming out on the road at Little Kimble. A short walk took us to the path by Great Kimble School and, following the path, we crossed the railway line to arrive at our lunch stop, the Swan at Kimble. At this point, were were joined by Chris who had come by a different route.

Our lunch choices had been pre-ordered, and we were soon tucking in to various dishes which arrived very promptly. We all sat at one long table which made for a very convivial atmosphere. After lunch, we were warned that the remaining 2 or so miles across fields to Meadle meant climbing many stiles; nevertheless, all volunteered to make the effort rather than take an easier way back.   Beyond Meadle, there were more stiles before we finally arrived back at Askett and made our way to Kings Oak Close.

All-in-all, a pleasant walk, helped in a large measure by the beautiful weather, which took in both farmland and woods which were ablaze with autumn colours.

Medium Walk November 11th 2016 led by Jenny and David Brown

Monks Risborough to Lacey Green 6.5 miles

Following Peter West’s Long walk from Monks Risborough last week, we also started from Monks Risborough, but headed in a different and more westerly direction. There were thirteen of us and again we were fortunate that we had almost cloudless bright blue skies all morning. The route took us initially behind the CE primary school and over to Cadsden via the Whiteleaf golf course. Considering the recent rain, conditions under foot were still quite good and we were not yet fighting the usual heavy muddy tracks of mid winter.

From Cadsden we walked up to Ninn Wood via the gently climbing holloway path then onward and across the fields and the Missenden road to Dirtywood farm (now renamed Hampden Chase). On reaching the woods above the farm we turned right along a permissive path and followed the fields boundary to meet the bridle path going downhill to the road again at Hampden Bottom, where we stopped for a short break and observed 2 minutes silence on Armistice day.

The second part of the walk took us up through mature beech and conifer woodland to Hampden House, then Great Hampden, around the cricket field boundary and down to the Bryant’s Bottom Road. The route then took us uphill through Monkten wood, crossing Lilly Bottom Lane, down to Highwood Bottom before climbing up Kiln Lane to our finish at the Black Horse Pub. Here Chris Mansfield joined us for excellent lunches before we caught the no 300 bus back to Monks Risborough. 

Strollers 14th November led by Brendan Larkin

13 strollers gathered at the top of New road, Princes Risborough on a rather damp, drizzly but surprisingly warm morning. We set off at 10.30 along the Icknield Way later turning off left onto a footpath over a field to reach Pyrtle Spring where the leader demonstrated water divining for us – most impressive! We continued on over the fields going gently uphill, over lots of stiles to reach Wardrobes and the road just before Loosely Row. The autumn colours were beautiful even in the misty weather and the going soft but not too muddy. At the road we turned sharp left to walk along Wardrobes Lane before taking a pretty path leading down to a farm and then along a track to Brimmers Lane where we turned left to reach our starting point arriving just after 12. Some of the strollers then went on down to the George & Dragon for a spot of lunch.

Main Walk November 28th led by Colin & Jenny Robinson.

Fourteen people met at the Red Lion, Wendover on a glorious Autumn morning with wall to wall sunshine. We set off at 10am to walk around a small lake before taking a path leading over the A413 and then gently uphill taking us to the top of Coombe Hill where we stopped to admire the excellent view. After a short while we set off downhill back towards Wendover, reaching the road and walking on through the village to arrive back at the pub just after 12noon. Eight stayed for lunch where we enjoyed quick and friendly service and a good natter. A lovely walk of about 4 ½ miles on a beautiful day.