Monday, 28 May 2012

Chiltern Way 7: Ibstone to Saunderton

Back to continue my journey, on Sunday 20th May, and on very familiar territory. A route of just over 10 miles, passing through an area I have trodden many times, due to its close proximity to my sisters house.

I was dropped off at Ibstone, now that I was, at last, back in an area where public transport could allow me to complete linear sections. Passing through some pockets of woodland, I was soon accompanied by the approaching sound of the M40 motorway.

Once over, the motorway, I entered into Stokenchurch, stocked up on lunch, before heading down towards Radnage.

Radnage has a 12th/13th century church, St. Mary the Virgin, built by the Knights Templar. It also has an excellent pub nearby at Bennett End, but this wasn’t on my route today.

Through the church yard, I entered some beautiful buttercup meadows where I stopped for lunch and to take in the views, before ascending to Bledlow Ridge.

I passed on popping into see my sister, who lives in the village of Bledlow Ridge, and pressed on down into the fields near Lodge Hill. As usual, I had a bit of a nose at a couple of my favourite farms, one of which is pictured below.

I crossed the Ridgeway National Trail, and made my way into the village of Bledlow. Surprisingly, this was my first ever visit to this village. It is an attractive place, but I’m not sure I could cope with the positioning of the clock on the 12th century Holy Trinity church (see below). It would drive me crazy!

From the irritating church tower , I soon crossed a couple more fields before entering Saunderton, and a more aesthetically pleasing church. St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas dates back to 1227, built on the site of a Roman villa.

Here, I diverted from the way and finished at Princes Risborough Station, for a short ride into High Wycombe to catch a bus home.