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Shakespeare's Way - Leg 6 - 11 miles

  Marlow to Stonor

Walked by West Essex Ramblers on Sunday, 14th August, 2011

Leaving Marlow

We left Marlow on the West side near these houses. Today was very pleasant being quiet, rural and with lots of flowers

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

A field

Opposite the houses was this field with Ragwort at its edges (and Dock and Thistle)

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Path to Davenport Wood

A path on the way to Davenport Wood.

This walk was a recce for the group's August trip and studiously Jackie was taking notes

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Inside Davenport Wood

Davenport Wood where we merged with the Chiltern Way (it came in from the NE)

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


WW1 Trenches' Poster

In the wood a poster showed WW 1 trenches to the South of us (and a small x marked our position)

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Trees in Homefield Wood

After Davenport it was more open and then a wide track in Homefield Wood where Rosebay Willowherb was on display

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Flowers in Homefield Wood

There were lots of flowers in Homefield, here we have Wild Parsnip in the background, Mullein in the middle and thistles

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

More Homefield Wood

Still in Homefield Wood

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

More Flowers

Marjoram and Ragwort

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Silver Birch Trees

Silver Birch trees with some brown fungus

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Thistle Patch

Two Photos: a large patch of thistles in a field (before Rotten Row); and a thistle Head

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Kestrel

A Kestrel on a post (in the lane at Rotten Row) - Slightly out of focus because of the distance from camera        Photo: Harry Hawkins

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob. Two Photos: A field of corn; and a cob fallen over

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

A Southerly View

A view to the South (perhaps Hambleden Lock area), just as we went down towards Hambleden

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Nearing Hambleden

Houses, possibly on the edge of Hambleden

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


The Stag and Huntsman Pub

Two Photos: The Stag and Huntsman Pub at Hambleden where we took lunch; and its sign

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Hambleden Butchers

The butchers at Hambleden

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Village Church

St Mary the Virgin, 12th Century cruciform church, Hambleden

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

North Transept

In the north transept was Sir Cope D'Oyley's Monument - Children holding skulls died before their parents

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Nave

Two Photos; Looking east down the nave; and the stained glass window

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

South Transept

In the south transept was The Lady Chapel which contained the Wolsey altar and a 16th century wooden panel

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Leaving Hambleden

We left Hambleden, the Chiltern way left us, and we crossed Hambleden brook which was quite dry

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

In Woods past Wooleys

Up the steep hill in the woods just passed Wooleys

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Northerly view prior to the Great Wood

A View to the north shortly before we got to the Great Wood

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Many Flowers

Two Photos: In the last photo there were flowers in the field - Mayweed (white) and Poppy; and more flowers - probably Sow Thistle atop, Ragwort, then thistles and poppies - by the path (here looking north again)

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

A Tractor

Before we entered the Great Wood (NB there's another Great Wood 2 km north!) was the humble tractor

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Wood Pile in Great Wood centre

In the centre of the Great wood, during a long climb, we passed a cut wood pile

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

End of Great Wood

We were near the end of the Great Wood along this flatter path

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Puff Ball

At Upper Woodend a puffball was spied on the verge by the side of the road

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Foxglove

A Foxglove in front of tall trees in Gussett's / Kimble Wood

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Sheep

Sheep in field just before Southend. At Southend, we rejoined the Chiltern Way.

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Stonor Park

We were now in Stonor Park.

Two photos: On our left were Rhododendrons in Kildridge Wood and on our right were ferns in Balham's Wood

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Stonor House

Stonor House. Click here for more information

Photographer: Harry Hawkins


Estate Panorama

A view from the west side of Stonor Estate

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Tree View

A nice grouping of trees on the estate

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Deer

Deer, at quite a distance, (and a lot of crows)

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Red Kite

Red Kites were around most the day, but always in the distance. This one flew straight towards me but then went over a tree - this is all I got!

The end of a very enjoyable walk

Photographer: Harry Hawkins

Photos taken 26th July

Flower and Bird identification assisted by Ray and Jan - Thank You


Harry