Bledlow, Buckinghamshire.

Starting from the village of Bledlow I crossed fields before climbing up Wain Hill from where there were fine views over the Vale of Aylesbury. From Chinnor Hill I descended across fields to the village of Radnage. Along the way I saw lots of Red Kite. These magnificent birds with their 6 foot wingspan are now fairly common in the area due to a successful breeding programme. I climbed up to Bledlow Ridge passing through some flower meadows. The chalky soil is an ideal habitat for orchids and I saw the Common Spotted orchid and the Pyramidal orchid.

The next section was along the Chiltern Way which in places was very overgrown with nettles, the stinging variety. I was wearing my rip-off shorts  but fortunately had the bottom sections with me. Using my walking pole as a machete I bashed my way through. As I came over a ridge near Routs Green I could see a strip of green across a field in the distance. At first I thought it was red plastic netting but as I got nearer I realised it was thousands of poppies.They were not directly on my route but by making a short diversion and sticking to public footpaths I was able to get to them. I sat and ate my lunch surrounded by poppies with just the hum of insects for company.

I followed the Ridgeway to cross Lodge Hill. A lot of conservation work is being done in the area to encourage more flowers and insects and it has been designated an area of outstanding beauty. I left Lodge Hill to cross field paths to a road and then followed the Chiltern Way back to Bledlow.

9 miles of easy walking.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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