Saturday's walk was billed as "River Brent and Osterley - a leisurely 6 mile walk".
Wharncliffe viaduct -
asylum. St Bernard's Hospital is still active as part of West London NHS Mental Health Trust. It came into being in 1831 (when prisons, cemeteries, etc were being shifted to the outskirts of London), and the old buildings are still there ... behind that wall ...
Over the canal -
On the way to Isleworth station, this imposing building - Borough Road College, now Lancaster House, Osterley campus of Brunel University. The college dates back to 1889 in this location, and 1798 on its former site on the Borough Road in Soutwark.
Moderate 11.3 miles / 18.2 km
Linear to Amersham Station (Metropolitan Line, Zone 9) over gently undulating terrain via Coleshill Common, Winchmore Hill, Penn Street, Little Missenden and Amersham Old Town. Through beech woods, some good views and attractive villages. Lunch stop at 'The Squirrel' pub or bring picnic.
As this walk was twice as long, there are twice as many photos - taken on the hoof as the pace was verging on "challenging" for me.
|The golden road not taken|
|Lanes, fields, blue sky|
|Woods and leaf-litter|
|Inky caps - exciting to see them after reading about them in years past|
|Unlike on television, the scenery is 3D|
|The sign on the post at left says "Quilts" - but I'm not sure of the name of the village|
|Another sign, in front of Winchmore Hill Memorial Hall|
|More woods - of a different sort|
|Lunch stop - but buying a drink didn't give us the "right" to eat our own food on the benches outside|
|Penn Street village church, at the edge of Penn Wood|
|"Mop End" - ah those quaint names!|
|Regrowth of beech|
|Across the fields to some village or other...|
|... Little Missenden|
|Little Missenden Manor House - its tall chimneys visible from afar|
|The little river flows under the houses ... charming|
|Woodsmoke, the smell of autumn|
|Reminds me of Anselm Kiefer|
|The house at the top of the hill...|
|... and its lake at the bottom of the hill (Humphrey Repton dammed the River Misbourne to create it)|
|Old Amersham runs...|
|... along a long street ...|
|... to the 1682 Market Hall ...|
|... and the church is round the corner|
|Climbing the (considerable) hill to New Amersham|
|Through more lovely woods ...|
... and finally to the station. The last mile was definitely the toughest, but I'll happily do it again. Red kites and buzzards overhead, flinty fields and crisp leaves underfoot. Not too much mud - yet.