OW Walk on 25th July 2017. Waterperry to Tetsworth 6.4 miles

On a muggy dull morning, 8 members left Carterton to travel to Waterperry and the beginning of this section of the walk. Fortunately we did not have to send 2 cars early, as Mike very kindly offered to meet us at the end of the walk to ferry the car drivers back to the start. He was also able to enjoy part of the walk, in reverse, until we met up and walked back to Tetsworth together.

Waterperry village has a most interesting church with a Saxon arch and an unusual wooden Tower. Waterperry House retains a 17th century wing; most of the house was remodeled in the 18th century. Beyond Waterperry House we crossed the River Thame, and then the Thames, and stopped for a photo on a

brick arch known as Bow Bridge. The path then continued past the delightful Mill House. We passed through the village of Tiddington that has a mixture of old and modern houses. Here the 19th century church building sits on an ancient site. Lunch was in Albury churchyard, where we were able to sit on some of the many benches. A cat took a liking to us and insisted on sharing our stop with us! It was Ian’s birthday and he had bought a cake for us all to share, of course we then sang Happy Birthday! Just past our lunch stop we saw fine views of the Chilterns and the Berkshire Downs. The walking route took us through parts of two golf courses, one with a very impressive clubhouse. The next village we came to was Rycote, with a remarkable House which had been rebuilt in the 1920’ after the original was burnt down. Rycote chapel is believed to have an impressive royal pew probably built for Queen Elizabeth; and retains an unusual shaped turret. Unfortunately the chapel was not open for us to have a peek inside. On the walk we went through a number of fields with cows, bulls, calves and horses in; we also saw a large flock of long horned, sheep, we think. They were very similar to goats. We arrived at the village green in Tetsworth; this was where our transport car was parked. Whilst waiting for our transport we enjoyed cold drinks and ice creams.

Thank you all for your company; Mike, Ian and Roger for using their cars. Our next long walk will be on 15th August; walk tbd. The last two sections of the OW will be resumed later in the year. Pam

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