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.