November in Nuffle-bed, 16 November 2014

I took some photos on Sunday's walk. It was about the top end of length and difficulty for a social walk at this time of year, at 21 miles with most of the height gain in the first 8. I was prepared to cut across the south of Nettlebed if we didn't make it to Nuffield church with e-Nuff time to get back in daylight, but in the end despite a severe weather warning's worth of rain having been dumped on the route two days before, and a gloomy overcast late afternoon we managed the whole route and enjoyed some lovely views and late autumn beech wood colour.

We went out via Cray's Pond through woods to Woodcote then picked up the Chiltern Way Extension to Ipsden then turned off and up to join the Ridgeway just before Nuffield Church. The service was in progress as expected so we could not avail ourselves of the refreshments now on offer - very useful for walks during the week - but there was still the water tap. Then on via Park Wood, skirting Nuffield Place to the lunch stop at Nettlebed, then back via Stoke Row, Checkendon, Exlade Street, the Almshouses at Goring Heath, and the Hardwick Estate.

Helen Abbott (words and pictures).