11 of us set out on our circular 10 mile walk through leafy West Berkshire on Remembrance Sunday.
The walk started and finished at the West Berkshire Brewery where there was ample free parking for all. We headed out southwards over the M4 and on up into the leafy woods which surround the small village of Frilsham. Though the sun declined to shine the beautiful autumnal colours - the vivid yellows and gold of oak and beech shone through and the temperature was ideal for walking although there was still plenty of mud underfoot to keep us on our toes.
On the dot of 11am we stopped and as we looked out over the rolling Berkshire countryside we remembered all those who had lost their lives in conflict and stood for 2 minutes in silence. We then headed to the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Bucklebury. A remembrance service was underway so we could not stop to explore this Grade I Church which had its origins dating back to 1250. This village is also the home of the Middleton family, parents of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and was also the home of Douglas Bader one of the RAF's most well known pilots of the second World War.
Our walk continued through beech woods under heavy leaf fall until we reached the outskirts of the village of Upper Bucklebury where we stopped for a short while to enable those who had brought sandwiches and a drink to refresh themselves. It was at this point that a very sprightly and active octogenerian stopped by whilst walking his dog and regaled us with some stories of his time serving with the British Army in Egypt on the Suez canal in the 1950s. A great example to us all of the benefit of regular exercise both for body and mind.
Our walk continued through more open countryside and some surprising water hazards. These provided some good photo opportunities and plenty of hilarity!!
After 4 hours we finally reached our destination and as a reward we were served with ample and delicious food and great beer from the Brewery. The foot long hot dogs were much appreciated though difficult to manage!
Thanks to all those who came on the walk. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you on the Christmas walk at Middle Assendon on Sunday 5 December.