A worker's village, a medieval settlement, and four ways to climb a hill (1601)

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    Start date15th October 2023
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    Time10:30 am
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    LocationHP14 3BH
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We start at a “worker’s village” and discover which of their products can be seen on TV every day. Then explore several routes up the hill – first a cattle drovers road forming a deep hollow-way, then a toll road which was made too steep for the traffic (!), a third way built using a team of tiny steam engines, and the 4th route which was shown on Vicar of Dibley titles. On the way we see a well-preserved medieval settlement which was investigated by the police. Finishing back at the village pub.

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Drinks and lunch available in the Dashwood Roadhouse afterwards ( booking advised for lunch).

Nearest toilets before the walk in the first right turn off Church Lane, West Wycombe HP14 3AH.

Need to be able to safely cross a 50 mph road twice. No stiles. Some muddy uneven paths through woods, not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Includes one steady climb of 84m , 275 feet.

Simon Cains. Simon has been researching the history of the village of Piddington since about 2016, written most of the history content on the parish website, and a book on the history of the village, and has led 4 walks in and around the village.
Park and meet near the Dashwood Roadhouse on Old Oxford Road, Piddington, Bucks.
3 miles
Short walks (up to 3 miles)
2 hours
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)
Yes (Not under 10yrs. I can add in some comments to keep older children interested in the history. I do try to talk quite a lot, so would need to be well-behaved and listen. And be able to cross the main road safely twice. ( Children and dogs).)
Yes (Beside a bus stop with various services, but infrequent on Sunday. https://www.geopunk.co.uk/locality/E0059812 Probably only the Red Rose number 40.)