1 January 2014: Amersham Winchmore Hill circuit

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.
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Today’s location
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
GPX based track of today’s walk
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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)
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Memorial to Amersham Martyrs, on Parsonage Hill No problems finding the path – just follow the stream!
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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…
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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
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