Anyway, on with the walk and through the kissing gate with two hard hats on it’s posts (!) and along the edge of a couple of fields, climbing gradually. We turned left at the top and stopped at the corner of the next field for elevenses. This was a spot with good views, although not so great on the day as it was disappointingly grey with low cloud. It was very chilly too! Joy was the only one that had brought a woolly hat and gloves with her. It took quite a while for the rest of us to warm up.
|Kate, Brenda, Lynn & Joy
|Kate, Joy & Brenda on the swing
Further up the lane we headed to the church, which was unexpectedly open, so we were able to have a look round.
We walked from there, along the High Street, past the top of Folly Lane and then took the path going right and followed it through the houses to Orchard Way. Across the road we picked up the path heading across the fields to Little Crawley and Gog Lane (where did that name come from?). Around the corner, the path went across the fields back towards Chicheley. As you walk through some trees closer to the village, you suddenly get a glimpse of Chicheley Hall (if you can zoom in on the photo below you can just about make it out in the distance behind us), which is on or near the site of the old Manor House that belonged to the Pagnell family of Newport Pagnell fame.
The path goes very close to the Hall and you get another view of it if you look left when crossing an avenue of trees before reaching the A422. From there it’s just a short distance back to the pub and a well-earned lunch.