Today’s walk from Cholsey Grange CL is a short stroll. For the last few weeks I have been suffering from Policeman’s Heel (Plantar fasciitis) this is not good for someone who likes to walk as much as me. The physiotherapist has advised that I need to rest it and only take short walks. When we discussed this there was a difference of opinion of what constituted a short walk. I think short is less than five miles, whereas my physio thinks it is about a mile. So I am splitting the difference and walking three miles today.
Leaving Cholsey Grange by the farm track we head downhill to the footpath leading into Penley Wood. Once in the woods we turn left following the path through the trees.
Because my walking has been curtailed I am pausing to look and take more pictures of the flora and fauna we come across. Today’s first subject is a spider on nettles.
I have no idea about the identification of different spiders; it is not something I have previously thought about. It feels like a topic for a long dark winter evening, possibly! Soon after we spot a wonderful snail. It dawns on me that I do not have a clue about these either, so another topic for research!
On reaching a stile and gate we head into a crop field. In the corner is an interesting stone table and seats, I have noticed this before but I am not sure if it is for public or private use.
We follow the path as it heads towards Stokenchurch and the M40. After crossing a stile we turn left on the Chiltern Way and follow this around Coopers Court Farm.
We remain on the Chiltern Way as it goes besides fields and then across a field to skirt around Studdridge Farm. The path then leads into Commonhill Wood; at a junction of paths we leave the Chiltern Way by forking left. This clear path heads down through trees to reach the open fields of Cholsey Grange.
From here it is a straightforward stroll back to the CL along the farm tracks. It has been a pleasant little wander. Time to ice the foot, hopefully it will soon have recovered sufficiently to take a longer walk. Three miles really isn’t enough for me!
To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 171 – Chiltern Hills West
13th August 2017
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