After a couple of longer walks at the end of last week my foot has been playing up again, so over the weekend I have restricted myself to shorter walks around the woods near Cholsey Grange CL. Today I am not going to venture too far but part of the walk is over a route I have not previously covered.
I leave the site by the gate beyond pitch five and turn left down the footpath into Twigside Bottom. At the bottom of the valley I take the footpath directly opposite to head uphill through the trees, this is a short stiff climb but I am soon leaving the trees to cross arable land.
After crossing a couple of fields I reach a minor road close to the Marlow Road and M40. I turn right here and follow this road as it passes a few houses and then Chequers Manor Farm. As the road starts to descend I take a footpath that forks right down the track leading to Harecramp Cottages.
On reaching the footpath running through Twigside Bottom I turn right and then after a short distance take the footpath on the left towards Ibstone House. It was on this path the other day that I spotted the white hind.
After going through a gate I continue on the uphill track in beech trees and then at the top of the hill emerge through a gate and turn right along the road besides the wall of Ibstone House. Just in Ibstone, where the road forks, I take the footpath over a stile on the left.
I cross the pasture to enter trees where I turn right and follow the path through the woods eventually emerging on the lane by Hellcorner Farm, I turn right here and walk back past Ibstone Common and return to Cholsey Grange CL.
I have gone almost four miles and it has been interesting to walk a different path. Hopefully tomorrow my foot will be up to going further, I am becoming a bit frustrated that it is still painful. It needs to recover before we head off to the Yorkshire Dales in a couple of weeks time.
To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Outdoor Explorer Map 171 Chiltern Hills West
21st August 2017
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