Lane End in the two world wars, plus the old village industries, and water supply problems. (2501)

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    Start dateMay 25 2024
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    Time10:30 am
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    LocationHP14 3ER
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We remember the men from Lane End who did not come back from the two world wars. Also places where the wars came to this village – some sad, some narrow escapes, and King Zog’s favourite wartime dance venue. We also consider the water supply problems and geology high in the chalk Chilterns; just how many drinking ponds did Lane End have ? There were also some heavy industries, one family firm is still going strong after at least 200 years.

Most of the walk is through the village but includes a 30m (100 feet) climb up through Widdenton Park Wood.

Additional information

Council toilets at the car park meeting point, hopefully open. Food available nearby afterwards at the Grouse and Ale pub, (booking strongly advised), Strawberry Grove café etc. Also the Lacey Farm shop serves hot snacks.

The route includes a climb up through the woods and back, 100 feet (30m) of climb on a steep path, could be very muddy depending on recent weather. The village commons can also be very muddy. No stiles but one kissing gate.

Simon Cains
Centre of Lane End. Start and finish at the car park off the B482 Finings Road. It doesn't have any traffic sign but turn off beside the traffic lights and past the white house. Go past the car parking spaces for the doctors, then there are about 40 public spaces where we will meet. If full, there is some off-road parking on the other side of the road, opposite the white house. Follow this track towards the church.
Short walks (up to 3 miles)
2 hours 30 minutes
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)
Yes (Dogs welcome, we do not go near any farm animals.)
Yes (I like to stop to talk about the local history and geology, so may seem boring for some children. )
Yes (Close to a bus stop, Arriva bus 4 from High Wycombe, or Carousel buses 28, 28A Wycombe to Stokenchurch via Lane End.)