Stokenchurch, I think I owe you an apology! You may be uncomfortably pinned between the M40 and A40 and have very little in your village to commend yourself but you do have some of the most beautiful Chiltern countryside on your doorstep.
This is a walk of two halves. The first through a succession of Buckinghamshire Chiltern woods; Crowell Wood, Venus Woods, Sunley Wood and Chinnor Hill. The overwhelming colour at the moment is green…bright, vibrant, hurt your eyeballs green! It may have been a dull day today but the woods are full of brand new beech leaves..and, at last, some bluebells.
The second part returns via Lodge Hill, the Bledlow Ridge valley and Radnage. On a better day the views would be great but alas, not today! The unseasonably cold weather has brought with it that fine drizzle which obscures almost everything. Once again, we’ve done almost all of this walk at various times but obviously not in this order.
To tell you the truth, this walk was surprisingly hard work. At the time we put it down to not having completed a long walk in the last 2 months…the walk profile below suggests it has more to do with the number of hills. I think that tells you how much we were just enjoying the walk and the conversation. A 10mile walk that just flew by.
Chinnor Hill picture gallery (more pictures on Flickr):
Distance: 10.2 miles ; Difficulty: Moderate
Postcode for Satnav: HP14 3TZ