Take the Road Less Travelled, Practical Map Reading and Walk Planning, Chenies (0501)

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    Start dateOctober 29 2023
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    Time01:00 pm
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    LocationWD3 6EG
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    Price£5 per Adult, Children under 17 yrs free.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)
There are around 4,500km of footpaths in Buckinghamshire alone, but so few of them are walked. We tend to rely on a few published trails and walks recommended in books and pamphlets. Learn how to get the most out of a map so you’ll feel confident in planning your own walks, perhaps choosing the “”road less travelled””.

We will navigate ourselves around a scenic 4 mile walk, through the typical Chiltern terrain of fields and woodland, using common navigation techniques. We will also familiarise ourselves with the useful bits of information a map can give, not only useful for knowing your position on the map, but also useful for helping you to plan walks. During the walk we will also introduce some compass techniques, which, while not usually necessary for Chiltern walks, will definitely be worth becoming familiar with, for walking in more remote areas.

Additional information

Participants will need to bring the OS Explorer Map (1/25000) 172, Chiltern Hills East, available from W H Smiths and other high street stores. Those who want to embrace compass skills will also need a compass. The Silva range of compasses is recommended.
Besides the map and compass described above, participants will need to be properly dressed for a country walk in our unpredictable weather. Participants need to bring enough fluids for the afternoon.

This is an afternoon’s walk through a working countryside. It involves some steep slopes and stiles and the possibility of muddy and wet tracks. The walk is not at all arduous but participants need to be fit enough and prepared for English weather variations.

The nearest public toilets are in Little Chalfont, approximately 1.5 miles from the meeting point.

Stuart Fletcher. Stuart lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. As a walk leader for over 30 years, he likes to dream up walks along the infinite possibilities of footpaths the area offers, through beautiful landscapes.
Meet at the village centre of Chenies (covered water well), Rickmansworth. WD3 6EG
4 miles
Medium walks (4-6 miles)
3 hours 30 minutes
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)
Yes (This is primarily a practical guide on how to get the most out of a map and compass. It will prove useful for adults who want to get out walking and exploring more by themselves and for teenagers embarking on Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes. Some of the basic techniques will be picked up easily by children.)
Yes (Chenies is on the 336 High Wycombe to Watford bus route, operated by Carousel.)