We'd be delighted if you would join us for a scenically varied 15 km (approximately 10 mile) circular hike that will involve some lovely Beech forest in autumn colours, gentle assents, distant views and passing some historic buildings in the form of the Boer War Memorial and the Prime Minister's country retreat known as Chequers, as well as quintessentially English thatched and timber framed cottages.
Being a winter walk with sunset at 15:53, the early start is necessary so that we do not have to walk in the dark at the end. For the same reason, although we will visit a pub at half time, this will be a short break for a drink and loo stop and there will NOT be time to order a meal there. So you need to bring some food to keep you going. You will have to eat your lunch "on the hoof" either before or after the pub stop, as you will not be allowed to eat it in the pub, so we suggest bringing something that is easy to eat whilst walking - please do not embarrass us by trying to eat it secretly under the tables!
We will be traveling by train from Marylebone mainline station on the 08:27, arriving at Wendover at 09:15, but please arrive well before this as we will be counting folks and buying the tickets at 08:05. The fee for taking part in the walk is £15, which we will collect in cash on the train. This includes the GroupSave return rail ticket cost of £11.15 plus a contribution towards the costs of preparing and running the event and the LEC generally. Alternatively, for those using a car to meet us at Wendover (please let us know this in advance), there will be a £4 fee. There are decent toilets at Wendover station.
We plan to return to Wendover in time to catch the 16:23 train back to Marylebone, but some of us will make an evening of it by staying in one of the charming pubs in Wendover for drinks, games and even perhaps a meal, which you are very welcome to join us for. Do feel free to bring along some games! There is a return train at 23 and 53 minutes past every hour.
SERIOUS MUD WARNING!!! This is winter and the Chilterns have a clay-rich soil, so please be prepared for getting muddy shoes and only come in appropriate waterproof hiking footwear and clothes for all weathers. We recommend a walking pole if you have one to guard against falling over on the slippery parts - also helpful for removing mud from your boots! Most of the hike is on grassy trails, but there is one freshly ploughed/drilled field we have to cross and the photo shows the effect on my new Saloman boots :(
We will include our signature half hour of silent/contemplative walking during the afternoon and ask you to be prepared for that if you sign up.
The hike will go ahead, regardless of the weather (within reason).
By RSVPing to the event, you explicitly acknowledge that you take part in the hike entirely at your own risk and that there is no liability whatsoever on the part of organisers!
You are strongly discouraged from RSVPing and then changing your mind a few days before the event without good reason, as this blocks others from attending. The LEC takes action against those members who are regularly inconsiderate in order to preserve the quality of events and the sanity of the organisers!