As daylight hours reduce, members of the Longer Walks Group are gradually starting to walk a little closer to home, so the first of the October walks saw the group returning to the Chilterns with a walk starting from the pretty village of Wendover.
We are also beginning to link walks together, so this walk joined together the Tring/Ivinghoe Beacon walk of May 2018, with the Wendover/Chequers walk completed in August of this year.
Considering that we seem to be living through a monsoonal wet season at the moment, we were also fortunate to start the walk in fine weather, beginning with a stroll past the small market and then along Wendover High Street, admiring the many fine buildings along the way (there are 113 listed buildings in Wendover, many of them thatched).
On leaving the town centre, we embarked upon a very steep climb of 120 metres, which took us up Boddington Hill and into Wendover Woods, a 325-hectare open access woodland site managed by the Forestry England. After catching our breath (and a hot drink) at the café on the summit, we immediately walked back down the other side of the hill, skirting the perimeter of RAF Halton to reach the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal at Harelane Bridge.
The remaining route of the walk had a watery theme, as we followed the canal to Buckland Wharf, before cutting across country to Wilstone Reservoir (built to supply water to the Grand Union Canal) and into Wilstone village, where we had a somewhat chilly lunch stop on the village green.
Retracing our steps, we continued along the shore of Wilstone Reservoir to rejoin the route of the Wendover Arm, as far as Little Tring Farm, where we followed footpaths and causeways around Tringford and Marsworth Reservoirs.
We soon reached the Grand Union Canal (GUC), and followed the towpath south-east past Marsworth Locks, the junction of the Wendover Arm with the GUC and the canal side settlement of Bulbourne. The final mile took us along a section where the canal had been engineered into a deep and wooded cutting, all the way to the end of our walk, close to Tring Station.