We had another good day, the final one of our three day trip. Seventeen of us walked with four from the Chinnor U3A on an eight mile route from Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire. The mud was different; it was not the sticky, slippery sort of the past two days, and there was less of it. Again there was plenty of sunshine.
After the three days some of us felt in need of a rest, not from unaccustomed walking but from unaccustomed eating.
We set off from Stokenchurch, crossed the M40 by a footbridge, followed a track close to the motorway past Coopers Court Farm, crossed Ibstone Road and took a footpath that headed towards Lower Vicar Farm. Before the farm we turned south on a bridleway and continued on this past Wellground Farm and Wormsley Park, branched right at a junction with another bridleway, joined the Chiltern Way and continued west to Northend. At a minor road we turned left and headed for the hamlet where we stopped for lunch by the village hall. A woman cleaning the hall allowed us in to use the facilities provided that we removed our muddy boots.
After lunch we retraced our steps briefly to a bridleway by Northend Farm, turned right on a footpath that went through Hale Wood and then steeply uphill through Great Wood. At a lane by Hellcorner Farm we turned left and in a few yards took a bridleway on the left to a track on the right that went across Ibstone Common. We crossed the minor road and headed NE on a footpath between houses. At the edge of Hartmoor Wood we turned left on another footpath, joined the Chiltern Way and continued on this back to Stokenchurch. Here we bought drinks from the pub and sat outside until the coach arrived to take us to Henley-on-Thames, our final stopping place before our journey home.
Map: OS X 171