A busy weekend so our walk is early, short and local. Parking in the car park at Westwood Park, Little Chalfont by 8-30am, we head off down the Chess Valley towards Chenies before crossing the River at Flaunden Bottom. We turn North West and walk along the river as far as Blackwell Hall. This is not a strenuous walk and as the distance is short it leaves plenty of time for taking pictures and chatting. We only meet runners and dog walkers and the early morning around here is peaceful. Were it not for the occasional background drone of a circling plane, waiting to land at Heathrow, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a different century. A few fishermen on the Chess are clearly here also to enjoy the peace.
As we return the sun comes out and we enjoy the warmth. So do a small herd of deer we stumble upon in Lane Wood. As if transfixed by the light, they stand and stare at us from the safety of a thicket before ghosting off into the shadows. There’s more out there than we ever realized…which sounds more metaphysical than it’s meant to! A short but enjoyable 4.9 mile walk.
Little Chalfont picture gallery (more pictures on Flickr):
Distance: 4.9 miles ; Difficulty: Easy
Coordinates for Satnav: N51° 40.377′ W0° 33.574′