Eleven intrepid walkers set off on Saturday 29th February for a ramble from The Boot pub at Bledlow Ridge down through the Yoesden valley, one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the Chilterns. Under the leadership of Dave Munson, our group negotiated extremely muddy paths and enormous puddles but were undeterred by these obstacles and not even a fierce hailstorm could dent our enthusiasm and enjoyment of the breath-taking surroundings.
In fact, the sun made an appearance as we stopped at the stunning St. Mary’s Church in Radnage. Built by the Knights Templar in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century, it is decorated with wall paintings which span six centuries, some of which were only rediscovered in the 1960s. To mark the occasion of our visit Dave had brought along a few copies of the score of I Was Glad and, with a good mix of sopranos, altos and basses we sang a rousing rendition of the first part of the piece.
After that we walked up Yoesden Bank, and then from the top we crossed the ridge and descended in a loop to the east, with wide vistas across the valley leading to High Wycombe. Finally, we climbed back to the top of the ridge where a very welcome and delicious lunch awaited us at The Boot. A smaller group of walkers then continued with a shorter walk after lunch.
A very big thank you to Dave for organising and leading us on a fascinating and very enjoyable walk.