Ibex’s annual extra walk to take in Fingest’s Walkers’ Cafe sees a variation on the route this coming February. Open once a year in the village church on the Sunday after Candlemas, the massed ranks of excellent bakers in the village demonstrate their baking finest with cakes galore. These are served to walking groups along with hot drinks and the walkers are welcome to munch their packed lunches in the dry and warmth of the church, nicely decorated with midwinter greenery and candles.
Jim Nevill will be leading the walk this year and the plan is to use the Oxford Tube, a very frequent coach service which runs from several central London points (https://www.oxfordtube.com/londontube.aspx) to Lewknor, aka junction 6 on the M40 (it is also possible to park on the verge there).
From there we will be walking through the Wormsley Estate (nicely preserved by the landowners, the Getty family, you may have heard of them) into quintessential Chiltern countryside and we’ll eat our packed lunches at Fingest church, leaving room for their much sought-after cakes. A slightly different route will take us back to junction 6 in time, all being well, to catch a coach around 4:30/5 (they are every 12 - 15 minutes) back to London, though there is a very nice hostelry almost at the coach stop….
Full Coach timetable:
London Victoria Coach Station dep 8.50
Marble Arch 9.00
Notting Hill Gate 9.05
Shepherds Bush Hilton 9.10
Walk starts 10.00 prompt, so bus travellers must be on the 8.50 from Victoria. The distance to cover (25 km there and back plus hills) means we will have to maintain a good pace throughout. Therefore we will not be able to wait for late arrivals.
|Booking:||No need to book, just turn up!|
|Meet:||10:00 at Lewknor Turn|
|Coming by rail:||Catch the 08:50 Oxford Tube Coach train from London Victoria Coach Station. Please check with www.tfl.gov.uk and www.nationalrail.co.uk for any timetable alterations before travelling. For the possibility of buying a GroupSave ticket (3-9 adults travelling together get 1/3 off), please meet at the on the coach at London Victoria Coach Station at 08:25 and look out for other members of Ibex.|
|Coming by car:||Parking on the verge near J6 M40|
|Map:||Chiltern Hills West (OS Explorer 171)|