Walking – October 2017

Long Walk 4th October led by John Stallwood

There were 12 of us walking gathering at the start in Lane End car park. After phoning the pub with our lunch order (important!), giving Health &Safety speech we set off at about 9-35. We took a roadside path towards Boulter End then crossed the road at Lacey’s farm and continued on across fields towards Fingest, then on around under the windmill hill towards Turville. where we encountered a film crew filming next to the footpath. They were BBC America filming a thriller called “Killing Eve “. Time for a coffee break! – which went on longer than anticipated. Then on up the side road out of Turville, across fields towards wood on the far side, then a circular route through a wood taking us to the far end of Skirmett. Because of extended coffee stop I decided to alter the route slightly and go up the track to Parmoor then across fields to Frieth. A short walk through this lovely Bucks village brought us to the Prince Albert pub for lunch, only 5mins later than ETA! After an enjoyable meal in a nice friendly pub, a short walk through a wood and along a short road walk led us back to Lane End. An interesting walk done by joining up some familiar paths and others I’d never walked but it worked well and I had no complaints.

Strollers 9th October led by Sheila Lane

We all met at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Wendover. The sky was overcast but apart from a little drizzle, it was a dry day.   A goodly number managed the walk (15 of us) and enjoyed lunch (11 of us) and we were glad to see Brendan again.   He is recovering from a broken leg but joined us for lunchWe all agreed it was a good way to spend a Monday morning …….

Medium Walk October 13th led by Sheila Lane

Quite a difference between Monday’s strollers walk (15 walkers) and Friday’s medium walk (5 walkers).   Still, it was good weather and we enjoyed the walk, starting and finishing at Mill End, with lunch at The Flower Pot.   But where were all the regular walkers ?

Main Walk October 23rd   – led by Chris Mansfield

Just 7 of us met on a rather grey and drizzly morning at the Hamden Arms, Great Hampden. We set off at 10am to walk across the fields to Great Hampden Church and Hampden House where we took a path in front of the house leading into woodland. We followed this path downhill and then across a large field ending on the road between Cadsden and Gt Missenden. After crossing the road we took a path opposite amongst trees climbing gently for some time, then down into a small valley and up out of the valley to a seat at the top with wonderful views – unfortunately rather misty and murky today. After a short stop we continued on to reach Little Hampden where we took a southerly downhill path across fields to finally arrive back at the road we had crossed earlier. Once again we crossed the road and after walking along it for a short time took a path into woods. After leaving the wood we entered a field and from the centre looking right we could see Hampden House way in the distance – a green grassy glade all the way. Continuing on across the field we soon entered woods again now turning westwards leaving the wood and on across fields to finally reach a lane where we turned right to walk the last half mile back to Great Hampden, arriving at 12.45. The rain had mostly held off but did begin in earnest as we walked the last 100 yards or so but we were quickly in the pub where a table had been reserved for us. Lunch was good and soon served and then we sat chatting for a while before finally setting off home. A good way of spending a wet, grey Monday morning!