Start the year as you mean to go on! We’re up while the rest of the world is still asleep, recovering from having seen in the New Year. This is more a reflection of our traditional way of seeing in the New Year, fast asleep. It certainly doesn’t mean we’re able to party hard and still get up early! A couple of dog walkers are the only other people to have made it up this early…and they’re missing a good start to the year. The skies start heavy and grey but within 30 minutes the sun starts to break through and by the time we reach Chalfont St Giles the sky is blue and the fresh breeze carries clouds at breakneck speed across the Misbourne Valley.
Chalfont St Giles is quiet as we pick our way through and the steep climb out of the village leaves us feeling quite warm. Back on the high ground near Quarrendon Farm a brief shower races through and reminds us that it’s still winter…and will be for some while. Still, it doesn’t spoil the 8 mile walk…and we’re back before the rest of the house surfaces!
Chalfont St Giles picture gallery (more pictures on Flickr):
Distance: 8 miles ; Difficulty: Moderate
Postcode for Satnav: HP7 0HA