10 ramblers, led by Richard and Wendy
The conditions were perfect: a lovely warm spring day, daffodils,in full bloom and charming villages with interesting houses. This is an area that is unfamiliar to most of our group, and irritatingly right on the corner of four4 OS maps, so I was grateful to Richard for him giving me a paper sheet with the route on it. We were warned that it was muddy, but the week of sun dried it all up and it was pleasant walking alone the fields, footpaths and minor roads.
Our first stop was the church at Chenies, just past Vhenies Manor (open on Monday and Tuesday afternoons) where we had our coffee, either by the church, or at the village green. The church had a mausoleum dedicated to the Duke of Bedfords. Sadly closed the the public, but we peered throught the glass at the stone effigies and the rich stained glass windows.
More cute Victorian houses with tall mock-elizabethan chinmeys then some lovely woods in dappled sunlight. There were carpets of bluebell leaves, but too early for their flowers, although there were primroses, celendine and wood sorrel flowers blooming. We had our lunch break on some logs and a seat in a wooded glade.
Finally a few fields with cattle (uninterested in us) and horses (one liked having its nose stroked) . The distance went quickly and we all agreed it had been a lovely day.