28 December 2013: Amersham to Wendover

28 December 2013: Amersham to Wendover
Walk descriptor Test walk Day 00
Date Sat 28 Dec 2013 Start to end time 03h 36m
Start point Aylesbury Vale Parkway End point Amersham
Miles today 12.93 Cu miles 0,000.00
Ft today 1296 Cu ft 000,000
Route miles left 0,000 Route ft left 000,000
Today’s weather Crisp sunny day, no wind at start, slight breeze later. Cool (about 4 C)
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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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This is one of my favourite Chilterns walks.   I took advantage of a bright sunny morning to get up early and attempt to burn off some surplus Christmas calories.

 Cold and frosty to start with, and especially so in the valleys, where the temperature inversion effect was very evident.

Got a good close up of a red kite circling above the valley just outside Chesham (see photo).   They were introduced into the Chilterns around 20 years ago and now seem to be thriving (though I believe they are still supported through man-made feeding stations).

Superb views in low winter sunshine, across the Chess and Misbourne valleys.   The iron-age fort at Boddington Hill near Wendover is very overgrown now but a new information sign above Hale Lane helps with interpretation.   Avoided the temptations of Wendover’s many shops and cafes and caught a train back to Amersham in time for a late breakfast.

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
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Grim reminder of our less than glorious past Chesham church
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Ice on path on way out of Chesham solidified the mud and made the going a lot easier Red Kite overhead in ungainly flight on way to The Lee
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Village green at The Lee Wendover High St
On Boddington Hill.   Wendover in distance at left, ditch fortifications of ancient hill fort to right
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