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Buckinghamshire 4.  The last day of my visit to friends was intended to be very different, a quiet walk in Wendover Woods (Forestry Commission) in the Chiltern Hills. On the way, we stopped for a coffee in Wendover.P1270060001

P1270061001Outside an art gallery there was a sculpture which reminded me of that by Harriet Mead which I had seen at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in June, but after a little research I think it may be by Tom Hill, who specialises in sculpting using horseshoes.

P1270063001We were planning for a quiet Monday walk, but when we got to the woods, and took a while to park because of all the crowds, we were a little apprehensive.  No need to worry.  The vast majority of people remained around the café and children’s play area.

P1270100001We scarcely saw a soul in fact. We took the ‘Firecrest Trail’, 4.5.km/2.8 miles, and its official description proved to be accurate, ‘surfaced tracks and unsurfaced woodland paths… a great way to explore different habitats.’



Chalk soil and flints, underfoot for some of the time



P1270079001There were plenty of wildflowers to be seen.  (These identifications are subject to any suggested corrections.)



Cushion calamint, clinopodium vulgare.  The leaves certainly had a minty smell


Lady’s bedstraw, Galium verum


Wayfaring tree, viburnum lantana  (I’m least sure of this one)

P1270082001A convenient bench about two-thirds of the way round enabled us to rest and debate the  patterns before us, especially that of the broad field in the middle distance.P1270088001We knew we were nearing the hub once more when we passed Go Ape – and were not tempted to join in. (Unlike some I know – sorry, private joke.) P1270099001

Despite the large numbers of visitors, lunch at the café was peaceful in the open air.

After all those activities, my visit finished with a quiet afternoon in the garden,  where I was able to get some better pictures of red kites.P1270111001P1270108001P1270103001

P1270104001Thank you, Geoff and Jackie, for a lovely break.