1 January - New year day walk
We enjoyed our traditional new year walk in the Chiltern hills, starting and finishing at Berkhamstead. Leaving Berkhamstead we passed through a tunnel under the town's bypass then followed footpaths south to Bovingdon. We skirted Bovingdon airfield, a sizeable WWII airfield first used by the RAF then handed over to the US Army Air force - General Eisenhower's personal aircraft operated from here. We noted that to a casual observer the concrete runways still looked in reasonable condition and it seems that the site is now being promoted as a film location and a place to carry out film stunts. A little beyound the airfield I was puzzled by what looked like several army tanks concealed in a wood, then realised that these were not real tanks but were something to do with a paintball game.
We found that neither of the two pubs in Bovington was offering food that day, perhaps we should have made enquiries in advance. However, a couple of village general stores were open so we were able to buy some sandwiches then we went back to one of the pubs for a drink and a share of the log fire.
The picture below shows some of us entering the pub and the structure in the foreground is a well house that originally housed a hand pump.
After lunch we followed footpaths in a north easterly direction from Bovingdon untl we reached the Grand Union canal, then followed the canal towpath back to Berkhamstead. Thanks due to Geoff for refreshments at each end of our ramble.