Penultimate Section of the Oxfordshire Way 17th April 2018

OW Walk Tetsworth to Christmas Common on 17th April – 7.1 miles

There were 13 of us for the penultimate section of the Oxfordshire Way Walk.

Ian and Stephen left early to leave a car at the end of the walk.  Minh and Huon met us at the start of the walk.  Roger and Jeff drove the remainder of us to Tetsworth.   Tetsworth, is a sizeable red brick village with a huge village green.  This village has no less than 16 listed buildings together with a number of picturesque houses.  We welcomed Frank and Jan to our group and thought they were very brave joining us on this challenging walk. Some road walking took us to a footpath going over a field and under the busy M40.  In this field we were met by a flock of sheep who must have thought that we were bring food for them, we have never been welcomed by sheep running towards us before. We passed through the small village of Adwell, which is even more remote after being bypassed by the M40.  The daffodils were very picturesque; a swan was on the lake next to a nest with its partner sitting on it. Wheatfield was the next village that we came to which is made up of small isolated farms, groups of small cottages and its church in the middle of parkland.  Arriving at Pyrton we were thankful to find picnic type benches and tables where we were able to sit and have lunch.  When it was recced, there were about 20 red kites flying overhead; today there were only 3. Apparently early in the year they have a wonderful display of snowdrops.  The last 2 miles of the walk began with a short road walk, with a gradual incline to the bottom of a hill; before we started up the steep hill we had a breather to summon up enough energy to reach the top.  It was a challenge with every step as it became steeper but we all reached the top onto the Chilterns escarpment, on Christmas Common, still wearing smiles on our faces. There are only a few scattered houses on the hilltop, a church with no special features and a pleasant red brick public house.  For those not involved in the car recovery/exchange enjoyed a drink sat outside in the sunshine.  Thank you to the car drivers.  Our next long walk is on 15thMay, Christmas Common to Henley on Thames and the finish of the Oxfordshire Way walk, some  68. ¼ miles.  Let’s celebrate. Pam


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