Saturday, 6 June 2020

CROWELL AND UP TO CHINNOR HILL

Off all the chocolates in the box Crowell Church in Buckinghamshire  is a sweet treat. Not withstanding that it is currently closed for Covid 19. Just off the B4009 motorway.

Lovely and set in a meadow of wild flowers

I met cousin Wendy, a distant cousin at this time, (Sorry)
nyway these trouble times with restrictions easing somewhat we met in the lovely churchyard of St Mary the Virgin. 

Then up a lane, running west – east, and we were up on the Ridgeway! 

Larks were high, the sun was slightly higher and those one the Ridgeway Path greeted and acknowledged one another as we passed by. 

A mile or so in the direction of Ivinghoe Beacon, we were high over Chinnor and its new housing developments and across to the west, marvellous views to Thame, Long Crendon and into Oxfordshire.

We turned sharp right and popped into Chinnor Hill Nature Reserve a patchwork of woodland chalk scrub. Here lives variety of flowers in spring and summer, orchids the scarce Chiltern gentian and pretty harebells lined our path.

Hawthorn, juniper scrub, yew, and whitebeam was alive the birdsong we saw red kites quartering the Reserve. A grand place to enjoy one’s sandwich before the walk back to Crowell.

Another treat, after the walk, was discovering https://astonrowant.wordpress.com/crowell-church/
A lovely website devoted to nearby Aston Rowant and the Spring Line Villages.

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