There is a bit of old weather folklore that says that it never rains on a Wednesday (when Bob organises a walk). Well, we can lay that one to rest as a group of us headed out and got rather soggy!!
This month we tried another new route around Bluey’s Farm in the Chilterns. We set out from Bovingdon Green, just west of Marlow, on what was a very enjoyable, if wet, walk! Points of interest included:
This walk proved to be rather challenging, not just because of the weather, but because the Chiltern Hills are very hilly, but we all arrived safely in the end. I'm not sure why everyone looks so cheerful in the photos though, it must have been the thoughts of the Bangers & Mash at The Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green on our return!
This month Bob found another new area to explore that saw us visit deepest, darkest Buckinghamshire!
Our base was Denham Village. Apparently, the name derived from the Old English for “homestead in the valley”. The first point of interest was St Mary’s church & the house nearby which was the residence of the film actor, Sir John Mills. Many of the charming cottages have featured on several films.
We crossed the River Misbourne before reaching the busy A412. Crossing carefully we then tackled the even busier A40. We had to go through a gap in the hedge in the central reservation which was a new experience for all of us! After that our route was very rural.
It was surprisingly wet underfoot and we passed the aptly named Froggy Lane. Eventually, we reached Higher Denham and followed Old Rectory Lane back to the village.
After our new adventure we had a lovely lunch at The Falcon Inn....I wonder where we'll be taken next month!
This month Bob led us to a previously unexplored area around Taplow. It was a windy morning but the rain stayed away so we set off from the car park near Taplow Church, went through a series of kissing gates and then reached the A4.
We followed the lane under the railway & past the lake on the left before crossing a number of fields and The Jubilee River, after a while we reached The Thames. We stopped for a quick break whilst enjoying the views of the luxury houses along the Berkshire side of the river.
Continuing our stroll we arrived at Brunel’s Railway Bridge, which is known as “the sounding arch” because of its echo. The bridge has the flattest & widest brick built arch in the world and really is an example of amazing engineering.
After "testing" the echo we headed back to the A4 where we crossed into Mill Lane before following the path back to Taplow.
Total distance 3.8 miles, lots of laughter and some beautiful sights along the wa!
Of course no ramble is complete until lunch and a pint are consumed, this time at The Feathers, across the road from Cliveden House. Apparently, Edward VIII frequented the pub during the 1870's when he was Prince of Wales, just another little known fact we thought we'd share with everyone!
Here's to the next wander round the countryside!
For our December ramble this year we did a circular walk starting from Boulters Lock.
Bob thought that the first part would be boring so he set us a “Car Rally” type quiz. David W proved to be the most alert (he spotted the Olive Tree) & came top of the pile. We made our way to Widbrook Common which is used by the commoners (not us) to graze their cattle in summer.
I think we then went wrong somewhere but with the help of a local resident we did eventually reach Cookham Moor. From there we made our way through woodland down to the River Thames, opposite the Hanging Woods of the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate. We then walked along what is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, Cliveden Reach. Even on a dark December day it was very scenic.
Finally we made our way back to the car park, crossed the road & had lunch at Boulters Inn. A very enjoyable, if somewhat damp walk, with friends.
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