1 January 2014: Amersham Winchmore Hill circuit
|Walk descriptor||Test walk||Day||00|
|Date||Wed 1 Jan 2014||Start to end time||03h 48m|
|Start point||Amersham||End point||Winchmore Hill (circuit)|
|Miles today||12.95||Cu miles||0,000.00|
|Ft today||1069||Cu ft||000,000|
|Route miles left||0,000||Route ft left||000,000|
|Today’s weather||Very wet. Was raining hard when I started, and then it got worse. Cool (about 6C) with strong southerly wind. No sun.|
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
|GPX based track of today’s walk
(click here to access to access downloadable file)
Decided to start the year as I mean to go on! Intended to get up early and get out on a long walk before lunch, but sore head from New Year’s Eve, and yet more persistent rain dispelled that notion. Eventually got away about 11:30 and was quickly soaked. Hardly anyone out and about enjoying the new year so I felt like I had pretty much the whole of the Chilterns to myself.
A good walk, despite the rain. Decided to take a quick look at the Amersham Martyrs’ memorial – slightly off the path but worth the detour. Also took in the Plough at Winchmore Hill – formerly owned by Barbara Windsor, and now an Italian restaurant. There was lots of mud, of course, everywhere and at times it was a bit like trying to walk on well-greased PTFE. The best thing about the rain, though, was that in places the topsoil had been washed away, leaving a gravelly layer which was easier to walk on.
The route passes through Common Wood, near Tylers Green, which must surely be one of the most attractive beech-woods in the Chilterns, stunning in all seasons.
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
|Memorial to Amersham Martyrs, on Parsonage Hill||No problems finding the path – just follow the stream!|
|The Plough at Winchmore Hill – formerly run by Barbara Windsor, of “‘Big breaths’ — ‘Yeth, and I’m only thixteen’” fame.||View up the Misbourne valley from above Little Missenden. On a sunny day, it’s stunning…|
|Bridges across the Chiltern Line railway near Little Missenden||Fascinating fungi in the woods near Amersham|
|Beechwoods at Common Wood, near Tylers Green. At one time in private ownership and destined to become a golf-course, now open access land. The long straight path through the middle is beautiful at any time of the year|