Day p01: 07 Mar 2014; Amersham to Radnage

Day p01: 07 Mar 2014; Amersham to Radnage
Walk descriptor Banbury trial Day 01
Date Fri 07 Mar 2014 Start to end time 06h 18m
Start point Amersham End point Radnage
Miles today 19.94 Cu miles 19.94
Ft today 2,152 Cu ft 2,152
Route miles left 49.74 Route ft left 2,127
Today’s weather Drizzle at first; quicly cleared to leave a dry, sunny day. Mild, around 12C. Moderate southerly breeze
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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
(click here to access to access downloadable file)

“This was the first day of a 3 day trial hike, from Amersham to Banbury, carrying all my “”LEJOG”” gear and camping for two nights. A full dress rehearsal fro the real thing, which starts in 2 weeks. It went well – so far at least – becoming a warm, dry day with plenty of sunshine, once the initial drizzle had cleared.

I’d forgotten how pleasant it could be to be out in the countryside on a decent day – after six months of rain and gloom, it was a really enjoyable hike. Very muddy everywhere, of course, but in some parts it was actually beginning to dry out a bit.

The walk started in Amersham then passed through Hyde Heath, Gt Missenden, Prestwood, Speen and Loosely Row before finishing at Radnage, near Stokenchurch. Good, clear views all day, and the warm sun had brought out an abundance of bright yellow butterflies, which seemed most common in the hedge bases and in bramble thickets.

Camping overnight at Home Farm campsite in Radnage, which is surprisingly busy, considering how early in the season it still is. Nice views from the tent, North over the valley. So far body and equipment holding up well. Feet and knees not too painful(!) though it felt good to stop at the end of the day Equipment broadly OK though I discovered (fortunately, before I set off) that my water bottle was leaking and had to be hastily substituted. My pack is still too heavy, depite some pruning this morning, so will have another go at it when I get back home next week.

Dinner and a pint at the Crown pub, about 100 yards from the campsite. What could be better!”

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
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Yes – I am really on this walk! Not a Hollywood Apollo 11 creation! Lunch stop in Speen, home of the Bodgers
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Windmill at Looseley Row View from Looseley Row over the Vale of Aylesbury. Next 2 days of walking are on the Vale – currently problematically flooded
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Peculiar device for making horses walk round in circles I mihghy have a go one day, if walking 1500 miles isn’t challenging enough At Home Farm campsite, Radnage, preparing for first night under canvas this year
Panorama looking North from Bledlow Ridge
The previous day’s blog follows below the blue line
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