Christmas 2012 Supplement – West Wycombe walk Articles Add comments Feb 242013 2 Responses to “Christmas 2012 Supplement – West Wycombe walk” Jean Chippindale says: 24/02/2013 at 13:01 Dear Sir, If I may, I’d like to take you up on the description of your Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe, Bucks walk which I did on 17 Feb. You desribe it as “6 miles Easy woodland and farmland tracks”. First there was a very steep descent from the Dashwood Mausoleum to West Wycombe, quite a long uphill haul from W Wycombe up to Great Cockshoots Wood, followed by a fairly steep at first descent towards Chorley Farm and finally an extremely steep ascent from the valley back up to Hearnton Wood. So I felt your description was somewhat misleading, albeit the tracks themselves were good. I can read maps and I admit I hadn’t properly read the contours but for anyone who enjoys walking who doesn’t read maps who is dependent on a written description and who may not be very young or not as strong a walker as you clearly are, the descents and ascents on this walk could be regarded as quite a trial. Indeed we met some not so young people on the steep descent from Hearnton Wood to Chorley Farm and they were really struggling with their footholds. And if there are problems of this kind, it can take longer to complete such a walk – and miss the train! However, it was a very lovely walk landscape-wise so we did enjoy it but I found it a challenge in places. Yours sincerely Jean Chippindale Log in to Reply Christopher says: 24/02/2013 at 13:02 Dear Jean, Thank you very much for drawing this to my attention. I have checked my records, and the original article I wrote and sent to the Times did not contain the word ‘easy’. The Times Online version doesn’t contain it either, but the paper version does. So I’m afraid it must have been added without my knowledge by a sub-editor just before the paper was published. I’m very sorry that you – and others, evidently – were misled, and I will forward your email to the Weekend Section to see if they can throw any light on the matter. I’ll also post your email on my own website, so that anyone thinking of doing the walk will be aware of its grade – which I’d describe as ‘moderate, with a couple of stiff climbs/descents’. With good wishes, Christopher Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.