December 20 2017
A possibly record number of members (41) turned up at the Dashwood Arms, Piddington, on Wednesday 20th December, ready for the challenge of a hilly walk led by Keith D. We crossed the A40 and set off in a North-Westerly direction along to Bottom Wood, before the first of four hills, the steepest of which took us up to Bledlow Ridge. Total ascent, in our rhomboid-shaped walk, was 1095 ft, with a distance of 6.6 miles. The final stretch back to the pub, from Nobles Farm and Chorley Farm, contained several stiles, so our total timing was over three and a half hours, after which we were happy to remove our (very!) muddy boots and sit down to a large festive lunch.
Not all the walkers had booked lunch, but a few non-walkers had come to join us, making 43 in all. Such large numbers meant service could not be rushed, which gavstylee us all the more time to sit and enjoy each other’s company. Crackers were pulled, hats put on and jokes groaned at, while the food met with great approval. We finished the afternoon with delicious Christmas cake, provided by Keith and also by Juliet W – another tradition to keep up for future years, please!