Maidensgrove - Ewelme - Russell's Water - Maidensgrove
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Maidensgrove - Park Corner - Ewelme - Swyncombe - Cookley Green - Russell's Water - Maidensgrove
Of all the lovely walks in the Chilterns, this has to be my favourite. There are lots of open spaces with wide vistas over the Chilterns and down into Oxfordshire, mixed with shady woodland tracks. Russell's Water, one of the pretty villages, is ideal for a short rest where you can sit on a bench and watch the ducks on the village pond. Ewelme is a jewel of a place, well worth spending some time exploring the church, the almshouses and the oldest continuously functioning school building in the country, founded in 1437. There are a couple of other interesting old churches in Swyncombe and Pishill, so do allow time for sightseeing when planning your walk.
Nature abounds. On our first walk we saw new-born lambs, a grass snake crossing our path, a fox asleep, curled up in an old hollow tree, red kites and buzzards overhead and wildflowers galore.
For lunch there is an excellent pub in Ewelme, or you can buy food and drinks in the village shop. If you choose to start the walk in Ewelme you can take lunch in another excellent pub in Pishill. The walk is mostly along good footpaths and over grassy fields, with a few short stretches along quiet country roads. Just a few spots may get muddy after wet weather. There are two steep uphill climbs (and two down) but most ascent is on long, gentle slopes.
England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Chilterns
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