Monday, 10 August 2020

YOESDEN A secret valley



Pack some sandwiches and head west, along the A40 out of High Wycombe.

The once out of West Wycombe, past the Hell Fire Caves, you are soon in the village of Bledlow Ridge. Park up just off the not very busy road and walk down into Yoesden Bank.


Scrub and a precarious path give way to a fabulous green amphitheatre of heathland fringed by woodland. The steep chalk meadow is home to orchids, butterflies.


My cousin Wendy introduced me to this sunny grassland bank. She pointed out a Chiltern gentian, a rare find even the in Chilterns, and we spotted a Small Blue butterfly.  We were in the Radnage Valley and once we gained the meadows forming the valley’s floor it was a short walk across to St Mary the Virgin church at Radnage.


A bench in the churchyard is the perfect place to enjoy one’s sarnies and look out on where we had just been.


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