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Scrap Book

To give you an idea of what our walks are like, we have put together a scrapbook featuring some of the walks that we've done so far.

We have been walking since July 2012 and our ever-growing scrapbook is divided into quarterly volumes.

Volume 30: October to December, 2019

Walk 405 - Turkey Walk with a Twist

Saying hello to a donkey.

Fourteen walkers including the leaders, Ann and Kathy, attended the Turkey walk with a twist on Sunday 10th November. Two people were new to walking with the BWWs.

This walk was a shorter version of our original turkey walk, although not as short as we had advertised. When plotting this new version, it was 9.2 miles, but because of some accidental variations to the walk, it was a bit longer than planned. We apologise if the longer walk inconvenienced anyone.

Lunch Stop
Lunch stop at Bradman Wood.

We left Pinkney's Drive car park to walk through the woods to pick up the main path heading left and skirting Robin Hoods Arbour, passing through Stubbings Farm on the way to Burchetts Green. We took a footpath to the left which took us past the engineering works. Then we followed the designated footpath over the field through the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) past Hall Place to see the Emus and Wallabys. Unfortunately there was no sign of the wild cats and red squirrels.

Turkeys at Copas Farm.

Taking the path over the field up into to High Wood, we turned right onto a permitted path which lead around Black Horse Lodge. Unfortunately we took a wrong turning and ended back at BCA. Thank you to Laurence, who knew an alternative path that would avoid doing the loop again, we picked up our route at Spleen Hill. Walking through Temple Golf course we kept left, skirting the road continuing into Bradnam woods where we decided to have our picnic lunch stop.

Autumn Colours
Autumn colours on display.

We followed footpaths through Inkydown, Fulness and Quarry woods arriving at the star event, the Copas Turkey Farm, and the turkeys did not fail to amuse us. We continued our walk through Cookham and Bigrith common, passing through a residential area, we then walked over Cookham Dean common, skirting Winter Hill road, before picking up the Chiltern Way taking us though Pinkney's Green to the Golden Ball pub.

We decided not to stop at the pub as we thought the light would be fading after a pub stop, so we made our way back to Pinkney's drive car park.

Thank you to Ann and Kathy for leading the walk and writing it up.

Walk 403 - Bix and Maidensgrove Common

Fighting Deer
A couple of stags going head-to-head.

Dan is a member of the Berkshire Walkers 20s & 30s group, but sometimes leads walks for us (the BWWs). He led one for us on Sunday 20th October. A mixture of BWs and BWWs made up the fifteen people on his walk, which started at Middle Assendon, north of Henley-on-Thames.

We headed up the steep fir tree lined avenue that joined White Lane, taking us to Bix Common. Soon we were in the Bix Underwood plantation, doubling back through Halfridge Wood as we reached Crocker End. As we emerged from the wood, we were greeted by an unusual sight.

Church Ruin
Stopping for lunch by the ruined church at Bix Bottom.

Two young stags going head to head! They were so engrossed in their battle for supremacy that we were able to get quite close before they fled into the wood. The fight had been going on for some time before our presence broke it up, but luckily no blood had been drawn.

We stopped at the remains of St James' church, Bix Bottom, to look around and have our picnic lunch. This ruin has had some recent work done to preserve what's left of it and I believe that the occasional service is held there.

Approaching Maidensgrove
Crossing Westwood Manor Farm.

Heading up through Warberg Nature Reserve and Westwood Manor Farm, we reached Upper Maidensgrove, where we stopped for a drink at the Five Horseshoes pub. Refreshed, we returned via Russell's Water Common, Maidensgrove Scrubs and Warmscombe Lane, from where we had an aerial view of the church ruins we'd stopped at earlier.

Descending to the B480 road that passes through Middle Assendon, we doubled back and crossed through Little Bixbottom Farm, taking a longer route to Middle Assendon that avoided a walk along the main road. See our route on Google Maps.

Thank you to Dan for leading this interesting walk.