Penn and Coleshill circular walk
Length: 7 miles 11.5 km
Weather: Damp and humid
This walk is from the Cicerone guidebook Walking in the Chilterns, route no. 21. There is one variation that I did when leaving Coleshill. In hindsight it was probably not the best option because I got slightly lost by Luckings Farm.
There are a few gaps in the route photos due to rain, when my camera went back in the rucksack. I did the walk on my birthday and coincidently it is also the 50th walk I put up on the website.
Follow the track from Widmer Pond, Penn to the left of the Red Lion pub, to Puttenham Place, where the Chiltern countryside will open up before you.
Looking southeast from near to Puttenham Farm.
Walking beside a hedgerow I spotted this interesting bundle of foliage. I'm fairly certain it isn't a birds nest. Answers on a postcard will be gratefully received.
Downham Grove seen off in the distance (not part of this walk).
The path leading into Brook Wood.
The path from Brook Wood to Common Wood Lane, where you turn right.
Pond number 2, Gawde Water.
All Saints Church, designed by architect George Street, in a Neo-Gothic style.
Pond number 2.
Coleshill is the birth place of poet and politician Edmund Waller (1606 to 1687).
Coleshill has a windmill.
The view of Hertfordshire House from Luckings Farm. Hertfordshire House was one big building site and apparently being done-up by its new owner, a hedge-fund manager. Very nice too, it looked.
Be careful not to follow the track seen here, but the one that runs parallel with it on the other side of the hedge.
Pass through this gate.
The route crosses Horsemoor Lane thanks to two gaps in the hedge.
Looking from Branches Wood down to Penn Bottom.
The entrance to Twichels Wood.
Back at Penn and it's pond.