A very sunny and frosty start, warming quickly to 7 or 8C. Lots of woodland on the hill with very boggy
bridleways where the horses have churned up the path. We heard the first woodpecker of the season knocking
on a tree. There were also many foxglove shoots around which will be glorious come the spring. Fabulous
views of the surrounding countryside from the monument. Makes a change from the last time we were here
in 2011 (it was misty).
There were eight of us and a dog on the walk, one of whom actually walked up the steep escarpment from the pub. The rest of us met in the public car park on the top of the hill. In the Russell Arms, we met another three and then a cyclist and finally Kate. Very different from last time. We drank them out of Chiltern "Beechwood" and had to move on to the house ale which was brewed by XT of Long Crendon; which was quite different (and also very good).