‘It was the first mild day of March’

In the somewhat corny words of William Wordsworth’s poem to his sister Dorothy,  I put on my ‘woodland dress’ (shorts and a T-shirt, for the first time this year), took advantage of the longer evenings and set forth on an eight-mile circuit from Turville in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns.

I walked anti-clockwise through the Wormsley valley to Northend and back along the county boundary to Turville Heath.

Ibstone churchyard was awash with daffodils and primroses.

I Ibstone church

The woodland path to Hell Corner was inviting.
2 path to Hellcorner

At the top of the Wormsley valley there was a view which will soon be obscured by leaves (left, below); there was already a hint of green in the hawthorn bushes (right).

4 green3 top of Wormsley

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the top of the valley I could hear a lot noise coming from the bottom.  It turned out to be a tractor clearing the ground in Hale Wood.  This is a sacred site, the first breeding ground of the red kites which were introduced from Spain in 1999.  I trust no damage will be done.

5 Hale Wood

Tractor at work in Hale Wood

I crossed the valley floor and headed up to Northend, with a great view up the Wormsley valley.

6 Wormsley

From Northend I took Turville footpath 24A, which unfortunately has been fenced in—it used to run across an open field.  I wrote about it here.

7 FP 24A

Turville footpath 24A, fenced

Then I joined the path on the Bucks-Oxfordshire boundary, which still has the feel of an ancient way, although the hedges are gone.

8 county boundary

The tree is a remnant of a hedge which bordered this county-boundary path

As I passed through Turville Park Farm I saw lambs in the fields.

9 Lambs

Lambs at Turville Park Farm

The county-boundary path up to Balhams Lane is always left undisturbed, a message to farmers that there is no need to mess around with cross-field paths. It had a David Hockney appearance because the grass on one side had apparently been sprayed.

10 Hockney

Hockney landscape

At Turville Heath, on top of the hill, I stopped at the bus shelter, which contains bits of information including a copy of the definitive map for Turville, with a surrounding drawn by villager Sophie Fois.

12 parish map

Copy of Turville’s definitive map

11 bus shelter

Turville Heath bus shelter

I walked over the common and back down to Turville. On the last field before home there was a herd of deer resting.  A peaceful sight with which to end my walk.

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Fallow deer below Churchfield Wood

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About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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One Response to ‘It was the first mild day of March’

  1. ossjay says:

    Lovely with photos from primroses to fallow deer. Nothing like gambolling lambs to feel like spring.

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