Walking – September 2014

Long Walk: 3rd Sept led by Chris Mansfield

Ivinghoe Beacon, 9 miles

Seven of us set off from the Ashridge Monument at 9.30 on a warm, though fairly cloudy day. We set off along the mobility trail, continuing on where it finished, all along the edge of the ridge to Clipper Down. Here we took a path across the ridge to join a path with wonderful views leading towards Ivinghoe Beacon.

The terrain had all been flat so far but now we were faced with the short, though steep in places, climb up to the top of the Beacon. The low cloud had gone leaving hazy sunshine and hazy views – but still very beautiful. After spending some time on top we followed the ridge path for a short way before starting our descent – a little more gentle than the ascent. Once down and after a short detour in the wrong direction, we found the right path, the Icknield Way, which led us southwards along the bottom of the ridge then later into woodland. After some time the path started to ascend the next ridge – quite steeply with many (large, mansize!) steps. Once at the top we left the woods to walk across fields of sheep, now in full sun to reach Ringshall. After a short stretch on the road we took a woodland path to reach Little Gaddesdon and the Bridgewater Arms for lunch, arriving at 1pm. We had reserved a table but as the weather was so pleasant we sat outside in the garden where the reasonably priced food was quickly served. We left the pub soon after 2pm for the last 2 ½ miles back through the woods, but after crossing the golf course, the Monument came into view and we all decided to take the quickest way back, probably knocking a mile off the walk length and arriving at 3pm. A lovely walk enjoyed by all.

Strollers Walk :  Sept 8th  led by Penny Young

3 miles walk from Askett Nursery.

On a beautiful September morning Strollers met at Askett Nurseries and walked from there up to Cadsden, down the hill and crossing the road to the Plough Pub, past there up the hill and round to Cadsden again and finally past the farm and back again ending at Askett Nurseries for a coffee and some lunch. It was my birthday so the 17 present sang happy birthday to me in the car park! A lovely way to spend a Monday morning!

Medium Walk – Sept 12th led by Peter West

A local walk around Chinnor & Bledlow, 7 ½  miles

The walk started from the village car park in Crowell.  The weather was fine as we left to walk the short distance to the Ridgeway Path via the church graveyard and the garden of the Shepherd’s Crook pub. Faced with the option of a short steep climb to the top of Chinnor Hill or a much http://www.besttramadolonlinestore.com longer more gradual upward climb, the popular choice was for the former.  Everyone made it to the top successfully with the exception of Sammy, Anne’s small dog.  He was by then unsteady on his feet and was visibly shaking.  We continued with John carrying the dog!  By the time we arrived in Bledlow, Anne was really concerned about Sammy so Jenny who lived there agreed to drive Anne back to fetch her car to enable her to visit a vet.

The rest continued across fields to join the Icknield Way and then up to The Cop and down to the hamlet of Hempton Wainhill.  Picking up a path, we progressed via Lower Wainhill to eventually join the Ridgeway Path again.  It was then a short walk to the Shepherd’s Crook for lunch.  By this time both Anne and Jenny had found their way back to join us again

The pub was only a few yards from the B4009, and we were aware that the Tour of Britain cycle race was due to pass by shortly.  The message came that the cyclists were approaching so we all dropped everything and dashed to see the event, some still eating.  We were duly rewarded by seeing the cyclists flash past being enthusiastically cheered by all.   A fitting end to an enjoyable day.

Main Walk – September 22nd  Led by Anne Legg

5  miles from Studley Green Garden Centre.

A dull but warm day seven of  us (three gentlemen and four ladies) met at Studley Green Garden Centre and set off to do the Piddington Walk.

We crossed the A40, turned right towards West Wycombe heading  for  Piddington, – 300 m on our right we turned into the gate of a house call Nutfield and down onto the footpath.  Where the footpath forks we turned left and carried on down, after 100m the tarmac surface ends but we kept straight on down through a metal gate.  From there we went on into Bottom Wood turning right and following the bridleway.

In winter this walk is not recommended as it can become very muddy.  After you have passed Ham Farm you are back on the A40 where we crossed over at Piddington with the Dashwood Pub on our left going left up Chipps lane for 20 metres and taking the bridleway on the right.  This follows straight on through – very easy to follow with the white arrows marked on the trees.   50 metres before you reach a road there is an arrow on a tree on the left pointing up the hill to the right.  The path itself is 15 metres past the tree on the right and following this is the only hill on the walk.

At the top of the hill you will come to Wycliffe Centre and thus out again onto the A40 turning left and back to the Garden Centre for an extremely good breakfast – highly recommended