Twelve Poly Ramblers and Daisy the dog met at Amersham on a warm and humid Saturday morning. Rain looked on the cards and there was a yellow warning for thunderstorms. After a mile or so of suburban streets we headed up to the outskirts of Stanley Hill cemetery and then to Jubilee wood, planted for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. We crossed fields in the direction of Chalfont, passing Beele House where the film star Dirk Bogarde once lived. Eventually we arrived at the edge of Harewood Downs golf course, identified by Yvonne as the main hazard of the walk, the footpath going right across the fairway. The golfers were keen to direct us into the woods but we made our way round the edge and cautiously crossed the necessary fairways without incident. By this time the weather had cleared and the sun was out. We exited the golf course to find the Ivy House pub immediately on our right. A lovely pub though situated next to the busy and noisy A413. An hour or so later, replete with beer and sandwiches, we crossed the road and headed down to the river Misbourne and one of the many sites of HS2 works. Fields had been dug up to construct a new bridge for the lorry traffic but the contractors had committed to restore the site to fields when the work was complete. From there it was a level walk through wheat and barley fields following the Misbourne to Old Amersham, passing more HS2 works and the new sewage works. On reaching the outskirts of the town, three of the group decided to take the direct route up the road to the station while the rest of us enjoyed the more scenic route through the memorial gardens and uphill through the woods.
Thanks to Yvonne for leading a very pleasant walk with no rain .