Walks following the chalk downlands of south Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire on or near the Chiltern Way north of the Thames.Checkendon and Stoke Row
Woodcote and Goring
Stoke Row; Nettlebed and Bix
Cookley Green; Watlington; Stonor and Warburg
Rotherfield Peppard and Henley
Woodcote and Exlade Street
Cookley Green and Russells Water
Stokenchurch and Ibstone
Swyncombe and Ewelme
Whitchurch Hill and Crays Pond
Watlington and Britwell Salome
Mapledurham and Goring Heath
Turville and Fingest
Sonning Common and Kidmore End
Russells Water and Pishill
After a somewhat stormy weekend the weather has calmed to sunny spells with very mild temperatures. I started off this twelve mile walk from the same spot in Checkendon village as in my previous posting and managed to link together a walk of twelve miles with about five miles in woodlands. Here is the route of this walk:
View Checkendon - Goring - Woodcote in a larger map
My previously posted pessimism about the fungi this year was not justified, there were masses - in places. They seem to be most numerous on the fringes or near disturbed ground rather than in the heart of the woods.
The autumn colours were still bright and cheery but many have fallen during the weekend storm, but I only saw two fallen trees in the woods. Sycamores were particularly colourful.
The first fungi was a Parasol Mushroom.
Near Ipsden is this strange looking house, a suitable set for Harry Potter? It looks like it had dropped there out of the sky, totally out of place. It's called Brazier's Park.
The views to the west were good, this one shows the local landmark Wittenham Clumps or 'Mother Dunch's Buttocks' as a wooded hill in the distance. This is near to 'Catsbrain Hill' which fortunately did not live up to its name.
I had to walk along the busy A4074 (Reading-Oxford) road for a few hundred yards but was soon out into countryside, there were a lot of birds around, I think they might have been after these haws.
Back into woodland and more glorious fungi, may be a Blewit?, Oyster?
Sometimes the sun livened up the scene with glorious colours.
Out in the wilds this old farm outbuilding had hens foraging around totally free range (they are just creeping out of the shadows).
Goring itself did not provide much of photographic interest. Walking back up to Cray's Pond I found these spindleberries in the process of splitting open to reveal the orange seeds within.
On into 'Great Chalkwood' gave an unreasonably large number of fungi to look at, not enough time to see them all. Here is a little fungal medley ending on everyone's favourite Fly Agaric.
But above all the walk was seeing beech woods in autumn, here are just two of many pictures that I took.
To end with something a little more exciting than trees and fungi, in the last field before joining the road at Checkendon I saw these representatives of native British wildlife... Alpacas.