Cowleaze Wood, Bluebells & Watlington Hill - Walk 1 Sun May 11

  • May 11, 2014 · 10:45 AM
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Walk length 11 miles/17.7 km approx. Circular.

This is a beautiful walk taking in the Bluebells at Cowleaze Wood and a circular route across passing Watlington Hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bluebell season is normally from the end of April to May, some of the woods on this walk are excellent to see them.

Bluebells start growing in autumn and flower in the spring before other forest plants to avoid competition.

The date for this walk should coincide with a great spectacle of blue and purple flowering, however as this is a natural phenomenon we will have to see what we get on the day.

The walk also includes woods and valleys along permitted paths through the very scenic Wormsley Estate, and is an area frequented by Red Kites.

This is walk 1 which is slightly shorter and will be at a more relaxed pace than walk 2. Please only sign up for one of the walks. Both groups will get together at the end for some social drinks.

Lunch & Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 5pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub stop at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Meeting

10.45am for the walk to start at 11am.

By Car: Meet at the free Car Park at Cowleaze wood, which is close to the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve and Junction 5 of the M40.

Directions: Take the A40 west towards Oxford from Junction 5 off the M40 and then left at the Kingston Blount Stokenchurch Road, and look out for the Cowleaze Wood Car Park on the left (post code OX49 5HX).

Train: There is no railway station near the start of this walk.
I would encourage you to seek out other members who may be driving.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy

Weather: see BBC Weather Please see our weather policy

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

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  • Karen T.

    Beautiful Chiltern countryside, lovely people, thank you all especially Colin, Leon and Isabelle for a well planned walk

    1 · May 12

  • Stacey

    Lovely windy walk, I wasn't my normal bubbly self but you all managed to put a smile on my face by the end of the walk...thank you :) As always, well organised by C, L and I, many thanks x

    May 12

  • Judith

    I love all that symbolism about Bluebells, Lyndon, how interesting!

    May 12

  • Paul A.

    A really lovely walk through beautiful countryside. The bluebells were spectacular and share them with with you all. Thank you to Colin, Leon and Isabelle for organizing the walk.

    May 12

  • Liam

    Lyndon I am impressed!
    I think we should make you Poet Laureate of the group.

    May 12

  • Charmaine

    Thanks Leon, Colin and Isabelle for organising. Another great walk, I enjoyed every minute - even climbing those hills!

    May 12

  • Lyndon

    Bluebells have long been symbolic of humility and gratitude. They are associated with constancy, gratitude and everlasting love. Bluebells are also closely linked to the realm of fairies and are sometimes referred to as "fairy thimbles." To call fairies to a convention, the bluebells would be rung.
    Lyndon

    2 · May 11

  • Judith

    I was happy the fact the rain kept at bay and that we were away from the roads. I loved the bluebells and found it interesting that there are Spanish and English varieties, but Felt a bit upset that I squashed a few of them! Really relieved also that circling Red Kite didn't come for my ham sandwich! I also enjoyed chatting and meeting old and new people in a safe and well organised group.
    Thank you Colin, Leon and Isabelle for being (as usual) great leaders!

    May 11

  • Janet S.

    It was a great walk and I thouroughly enjoyed it. As my first walk I was made to feel very welcome by everybody. I will be back!

    May 11

  • Isabelle

    Lovely walk with lots of bluebells and the rain stayed away, thank you all for coming :)

    May 11

  • Debbie D.

    Thanks to Leon and Colin for a first great walk. Fabulous to see so many bluebells and great scenery. The variety of terrain was good as well as the pace.

    May 11

  • Doreen G.

    I shall bring some waterproofs - better dry than wet. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    May 10

  • Mark................. & D.

    BBC weather is showing a much improved forecast for Sunday.

    1 · May 10

  • Janet S.

    Thanks Karen. Shall I pick you up? Tell me where. Do you think about 10am or a bit earlier in case we get lost!

    May 9

  • Janet S.

    Hi, this is my first walk. Do you pay on the day or need to pre pay? If anyone is going from the Datchet/Windsor area, do you want to share a lift?

    May 6

  • Mel

    Hi I'm going to change my RSVP as i have not seen any response to my question :-( . hopefully someone will let me know for next time if i can bring my 12 yr old !! Cheers x

    May 9

    • Colin

      I am sending you an email Mel, sorry not for picking up your comment earlier.

      May 9

  • Deborah H.

    Hi is anyone from Oxford doing this walk who may have space in their car? Very happy to split fuel costs. Deborah

    May 1

    • Deborah H.

      Great thank you

      May 1

    • Deborah H.

      Hi Trish, are you still able to give me a lift on Sunday? Don't worry if not. Thanks Deborah

      May 7

  • Debbie D.

    Hi, this is also my first walk. If anyone is going from Berkhamsted, would you like to share a lift?

    May 6

  • Mel

    Hello, i would like to dobthis walk, is it ok to bring my so (11 nearly 12) physically very fit, took him on a bluebell wslk last weekend & he loved it.... I wont be offended if its a child free do though !

    May 2

    • Mel

      Sorry typos on iphone ... Grrr !!!! Question is about bringing my son not 'so' !!!

      May 2

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