This did not quite go to plan. I think I need to invest in some maps. My car needed to be looked at so I decided I would walk back after dropping it off. Before I went on holiday I had done things the other way round and walked over to collect it, and I was sure I could cut down that route. Well, I may have done in the end, but not in the way I intended. Still, I had my iPod Shuffle with me, so it was all good.
I left the car behind at the garage on the far side of Chipperfield at 0910, with the sun breaking through but not hot, so I put on my Fitzroy jacket. I was just walking along the road until I came across a path which ran alongside it behind a treeline.
OSI – Terminal
Frost* – Dear Dead Days
This led on to the edge of a wooded area, which continued on to a horse track before coming out at the pavement near to the Range Rover garage in Chipperfield.
Porcupine Tree – Anesthetize (live)
At the crossroads I took Dunny Lane towards Sarratt, to try to find a quicker route to The Green Dragon at Flaunden. It had turned into a lovely Autumnal morning, and I was enjoying walking along, eating some of my Trek peanut and oat bar. At 0935 I saw a footpath sign for Holly Hedges Lane, and recognising that name from my previous walk I decided to take the path. I would much rather be walking cross-country than on roads anyway. This took me into Woodman’s Wood.
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Lazuli – Les Malveillants
The trouble with not having a map is not knowing if you are taking the correct turning. I am not even sure I went the correct way through Woodman’s Wood. Anyway, I reached a lane and turned left. Left definitely felt like the correct way to go. Of course, I had no idea if I was on Holly Hedges Lane, and simply presumed that I must be. There was tree felling going on across the lane.
UFO – Lights Out (live)
Chantel McGregor – Freefalling
I came out on Ollieberrie Lane. Sounds a bit like Holly Hedges Lane. And I turned left on to Flaunden Lane. I reached a junction I recognised and I think I had taken the long cut to get there. I turned around and walked the other way up Flaunden Lane. It was 1000 and I was not convinced I was actually very far from my starting point. I took a left on to a public footpath which was to the Chess Valley. That would certainly be taking me in the right direction. I crossed a lane and was then walking on a farm driveway, past some big ponies, pretty much through and across the rest of the farm, and then up another lane which ran alongside Bragmans Moonshine Track, a permissive track for the fast riding of horses, and absolutely not for walkers.
Pendragon – Indigo
Rush – Tom Sawyer
A turn to the right to take a public footpath to Flaunden, and then left on to a road and I was at a crossroads I recognised.
OSI – Be The Hero
Crippled Black Phoenix – Troublemaker
At 1025 I had reached The Green Dragon at Flaunden through some convoluted route, which I am sure is still not the most direct route to get there. But at least I had got to where I wanted to be, because from here I just had to walk up the bridleway, go through Ley Hill and Chesham, and then I would be home. Easy.
Phideaux – Formaldehyde
Matt Stevens – Big Sky
Von Hertzen Brothers – In The End
Magenta – Anger
So at 1050 I had missed the bridleway and was now in Latimer. I carried straight on and crossed the main road to Chesham to take Stoney Lane towards Little Chalfont.
Von Hertzen Brothers – Freedom Fighter
Tinyfish – Wide Awake At Midnight
Towards the top of Stoney Lane I headed into the woods and followed the path until I reached Westwood Park. From there it was simple to take a right on to Elizabeth Avenue.
Riverside – Hybrid Times
I reached White Lion Road at 1125 and was on the home stretch.
Rainbow – Eyes Of The World
Pink Floyd – Terminal Frost
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Phideaux – I Was Thinking
Eddie Vedder – Hard Sun
I was home at 1150. It is around 11 miles by car, and I had got home in 2 hours and 40 minutes. I have no idea how far I walked, but I had kept a good pace throughout and had enjoyed the walk. Still, I cannot help thinking that if I actually consult a map I can cut down the distance, and, therefore, the time. Which really does make it a worthwhile way of either leaving or collecting the car.