Ten days after our last walk in the Hampton area of Middlesex (of Hampton Court fame), GOC London members again assembled at a railway station, ready to set off on another ramble on a beautiful late summer's day. It was good to see that 3 of the 10 walkers were new GOC members.

Robin Reed led us initially across Chesham Park, and we then joined the footpath west along the long dry valley of "Herbert's Hole". Surprisingly everyone in the party managed to avoid making any smutty comments. It was a perfect day for walking, sunny but not too hot day. Unusually for walks in the Chilterns, there were not many ascents. The walk was shaped like a right angled triangle, and towards the end of Herbert's Hole, we turned left to proceed south across fields towards the village of Little Missenden. We stopped for lunch in the grounds of St John The Baptist Church in Little Missenden. After finishing our sandwiches some of us went inside for a look. It was a very attractive and interesting church with some impressive medieval frescos. There was a short 3 minute film, the highlight of which was the aerial shots of the village. Bill Fuller told us an creepy anecdote concerning a macabre events connected to the church that he had been involved with many years ago. (You will have to ask him!)

After leaving Little Missenden we set off on the return leg of the walk, which formed the third side of a triangle. This included a narrow path, rather surprisingly designated as an official bridleway, which was thick with nettles. Those of us wearing shorts unavoidably acquired battle scars, or rather, rashes! We arrived back in Chesham at 3.45, where a number of us had a welcome drink at the George and Dragon inn.


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