Chinnor & District

Walks Long

We are a group that meet at 10.00 am on the first Tuesday of every month to walk in the Chilterns and surrounding areas. New members always welcomed on our walks of between 6 to 9 miles that are led by members of the group

Volunteer Leader for June required - lovely time of the year to share your favourite walk with an appreciative bunch. Nigel would be glad to help you recce the route and offer encouragement.

Nettlebed was the starting point on 5th April, for this 7.5 mile walk through varied countryside around Nettlebed and passing Nuffield Place - also the Nettlebed Creamery!

Rob's ‘Whiteleaf Winter Warmer' saw us heading off on St David's day on a typical Chiltern undulating walk, through woods, 2 nature reserves, via sections of the Ridgeway and South Bucks paths. There were fantastic views visible in spite of low cloud cover. The usual steady flow of banter kept us on our toes whilst we circumnavigated the slippy bits. Thanks to Rob for a good workout.

Carole led us on a splendid 7-mile walk from Cookham NT carpark to begin the month of February. We walked along the river from Cookham church, climbed gently up Winter Hill, skirted through Quarry Wood then up to Cookham Dean, through the village and down to Cookham Bottom; up another hill to the golf course, across the fairways and back to the start. Blessed with fine weather and good company, all agreed it was a magnificent walk.

'The Dirty Dozen' braved a damp start in early Jan 2022 to follow Christine & Ray's lead from the Ridgeway to the top of Chinnor Hill. Making our way to the village of Bledlow, the clouds lifted along with our spirits as we enjoyed the usual lively exchange of banter. As we made our way home, a light flurry reminded us of colder days ahead but undaunted, our next walk is planned for 1st February.

Peter H led from the front on a classic Chilterns Walk in December from Turville to Southend, through Kildridge Wood to Stonor Park, returning via a circular route. You will see photographs of this intrepid group who, facing deteriorating conditions, nevertheless enjoyed an invigorating walk with lots of laughs along the way.

A sunny day at the beginning of November found us following Peter Greenway on a gentle uphill route from Bradenham to Loosley Row, passing RAF High Wycombe where a photo opportunity presented itself in front of the Spitfire on display. The autumn leaves were at their best, it was dry underfoot and with little breeze, walking conditions were near to perfect.

October from Nettlebed. On a breezy morning Ann led us through a magnificent Chilterns landscape with far reaching views, up to Maidensgrove Common and down to Russell's Water. A very pretty walk enjoyed by 18 members keen to stretch their legs.

Tring Park & Grand Union Canal - 7th September
Jean led this easy 6.5 mile walk from The Greyhound pub in Wiggington, walking through Tring Park, along the canal towpath and returning through the countryside to the cafe where we started. There was much to admire along the way on a lovely sunny day.

Peter H treated us to a typical Chilterns walk from Cowleaze Woods on 3rd August. Having welcomed Sonia & Simon to the group, we set off in perfect conditions with a picnic lunch for this 7.5 mile walk with far reaching views. Admiring the sunlight through the trees, flora and fauna along the way (assisted by Janet's identification App), it was a joy to hear the tinkling laughter of the group appreciating yet another of Nigel's jokes!

An 8 mile picnic walk from The Six Bells, Warborough, OX10 7DN took place on 6th July continuing to Littleworth and the Benson Marina where we joined the Thames Path to Shillingford Bridge, on to Little Whittenham Wood, below the Clumps to Days Lock and Dorchester with a picnic lunch in the Abbey grounds (no comments on the choice of beverage!) . The return took us to Warborough past St Leonard’s Church and Dundridge Manor. Thank you Nigel & Janet for a great walk.

Tuesday, 1st June Ros Noy led our first walk following the relaxation in Covid regulations which meant we no longer had to walk in groups of six. We were treated to stunning views on our 6 mile undulating walk from Bradenham Church to Piper’s Hanging Wood, through Cockshoots Wood to West Wycombe and back to Bradenham. With warm sunshine on our backs and happy chatter along the way, it was a delightful outing.

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4th May saw 15 of us suitably spaced out (!) leaving King William IV, Hailey for our 6.8 mile walk. Through Bixmoor Wood we took a detour to the 12th century Holy Trinity Church where rests William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield. We continued on the Ridgeway, alongside the ancient earthwork of Grim's Ditch where the bluebells were magnificent. The final stretch via the Chiltern Way offered far reaching views back to the start, minutes before the expected rain arrived.

The group is reliant on members leading walks. Anybody that is uncertain what that involves or would like some help or support preparing a walk I would be delighted to help. Members are not allowed to bring dogs on the walks and must notify the group leader of any specific medical conditions that may be relevant to the walk.

Most of all, it is a fun group with the opportunity to see some spectacular scenery and maybe even visit areas you didn't even know existed whilst keeping fit and active

Group Co-ordinator: Nigel Conradi

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