Not the walk we'd planned...but then we're learning that, round here, because it's marked on the map doesn't mean it exists!
There's been a village here since before Domesday. Great Hampden is hidden away, three miles west of Great Missenden and, judging by today's fog, is likely to remain undiscovered for another thousand years.
11th December There's a pithy C S Lewis quote (from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) that I love ... 'Always Winter but never Christmas' Hope's an essential component of being human, particularly relevant at this time of year. Time to go where it's always Christmas! No one seems to know how Christmas Common … Continue reading Christmas Common
3rd December HS2 is the big issue around these parts and it's clear as we drive in that already many are trying to sell up and move out! Soon the Misbourne Valley will be mostly viewed at 150mph, traveling between London and Birmingham. It's a shame because the valley is much like the land time … Continue reading Great Missenden
26th November It turns out that Little Gaddesden has more than it's fair share of the rich and famous; Motty (John Motson), Mark Webber, Luther Blissett, Tim Sherwood, Adrian Scarborough, Roger Bolton, Fiona Bruce and Ronnie Wood all live here...not bad for tiny village hidden away at the back end of Hemel and Berkhamsted. That … Continue reading Nettleden
13th November Little Gaddesden is a quintessentially English village with a village green, village hall and, this morning, a small huddle of people around the war memorial for the annual act of remembrance. Not much has changed round here in generations. Starting out late morning we leave the Bridgewater Arms to walk north to Ringshall … Continue reading Little Gaddesden
5th November Frankly, who cares about American elections or Brexit? There are more interesting things to do on a Saturday morning! There's been a town at Tring for well over 2,000 years and happily this is a part of the Chilterns where Trump or Farage seem a world away. We park near the Tring Natural … Continue reading Wendover Woods
22nd October Yesterday it seemed as if every dog owner in the Wycombe area was out walking their 'best friend'...given my well established love of dogs it got a bit wearing at times! Nevertheless this walk was really enjoyable, if a bit long. At 14 miles, the last 2 miles were more of a route … Continue reading Bledlow Ridge
15th October What to say about this walk? A pleasant walk (no stiles, no steep hills) on a Saturday afternoon which turned out sunnier than we'd expected. Otherwise, to be honest, there is not much to write home about as far as Chartridge is concerned (5 1/2 miles, 2hrs). We'd discovered this before when we … Continue reading Chartridge
8th October Weekends are busy and we're squeezing walking around everything else. Today we are in Brighton catching up with both Hannah & David so we leave early, hoping to complete a walk on the Downs before lunch. Yet another outing for our National Trust Membership as we park up on Ditchling Beacon (£6 saved … Continue reading Clayton Windmills