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http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/c/f/a/9/event_47933161.jpegThe countryside between Quainton and North Marston is a delight. The villages have beautiful old cottages in many styles and usually with colourful, well-tended gardens. The hills, especially Conduit, Quainton and Simber, give gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.
Walking is good although the footpaths are not always clearly visible. Much is through pasture-land with dairy cattle and sheep predominating. A few of the fields are cultivated, but green is the main colour by far. There are almost no woods, so the views are never blocked by trees. This part of Buckinghamshire shows the English countryside at its best and provides a magnificent landscape for walking.
In Quainton there is a fantastic railway museum and real working trains on real track. For further information see www.bucksrailcentre.org.
Also for more about Quainton itself and the windmill see www.quainton.net.
We meet on the The Green which is also the area for parking (but please car share as much as possible to reduce the number of cars going).
We start the walk at 10AM sharp. (Please ensure you're at the start point at least 10 mins beforehand).
The area is shown better in the Map link (https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213360911161723457176.0004851370bb17dd52fac&msa=0&ll=51.874881,-0.915674&spn=0.004345,0.011362&iwloc=0004a96243ef00a31f6bf)
Walking grading: Moderate (Height gain 170m).
Dog friendliness: Sadly this walk has many stiles which are not dog-friendly http://img1.meetupstatic.com/4466184134249428046236/img/smileys/sad.gif
Estimated walk end time: 13:15PM
For lunch afterwards we'll be returning to either the local village pub of the George & Dragon (http://georgeanddragonquainton.co.uk/) or The Pilgrim in North Marston (tbc). Note that places may be limited as these are not large pubs.
If you would like to go to lunch, please reply to the "Reply below using the Reply button if you would like a place for lunch --------v" Post below.
If I don't see a request I will assume "No" for lunch.
We like to reduce the impact on the areas we visit and its sometimes difficult to find places with adequate parking, so we encourage lift shares with our regular drivers.
If you need a lift, please post below indicating that you'd like a lift and from which general part of Oxford and surrounding villages you would like to get picked up. There is sometimes a better chance of being picked up from one of the Park & Rides as people use the ring road en-route. There are some guidance notes on our message boards here (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/32009572).
Please ask for a lift ASAP even if your on the waiting list when you do so as the list is constantly changing.
We would welcome a donation of around £1 towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs.
We would be grateful if this was done before the start of the walk.
For new members or walkers, please read the Walkers Guide (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/8819784) thread in the forum.
The number of the OSW group's mobile is[masked] for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost. Details on use can be found on our message board. (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/9054076)