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Studley Green to Piddington loop walk

Travel, , — August 2017

Helen and I did a nice walk in the Chilterns with our friend Jude, a loop from the Studley Green garden centre to the Dashwood Arms in Piddington and back. The weather was perfect, warm but cloudy, with a gentle breeze and occasional patches of sun, and maybe half the walk was under trees.

We followed the route described in a Red Kite walks pamphlet; there's also a different walk description, starting from Piddington instead.

Bottom Wood

wheat harvesting

the Dashwood Arms

flying the EU flag

flying a kite

There was a bit of mud going through Bottom Wood, which meant some navigating along the edge of the bridleway between the mud and the nettles/prickles. We got to see some machines harvesting wheat. And we had a decent lunch in the the Dashwood Arms, with Helen and I almost finishing a double serving of ribs between us. They were busy and it took a while for the food to come, but Helen and Jude did some drawing on napkins - and Helen got a triangular plate, which I sadly didn't photograph. On the way back we fitted in some kite-flying and white arrow waymarker finding.

The 7.5km (4.5 miles) took us about three hours of walking (including a few short stops) but there were no complaints or "carry me" requests from Helen at all and she didn't seem tired at the end -- and she didn't fall asleep in the car on the way back to Oxford either, rather to my surprise. This is the longest walk she's done, though with only 100 metres of climbing it's much easier than the walk to Easedale Tarn.

Amusingly, according to the Strava analysis of the walk (I used my new iThing), we did the first half of the walk in a bit over an hour and a half, made up of thirty minutes moving at 7.5km/hr and an hour standing still! I should probably install some kind of hiking/walking app rather than using one designed for jogging/running.


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