Brill…and another windmill

26th February

OK…so windmills are becoming a bit of a weird obsession…Cholesbury, Pistone (twice), Clayton, Rottingdean, Turville (twice) and now Brill. It’ll be trainspotting next!

I was last in Brill over thirty years ago and remembering back, every time I visit the weather’s just like today, dull, overcast and a little bleak. I’m sure it’s really nice in the sunshine, it’s just that I’ve never seen it.

We didn’t walk last Saturday so we had distance to make up. In truth, this was longer than I’d planned. At the last minute I lost confidence in the OS Map route planner and went with Talky Toaster’s GPS map. This added a sizeable road section and probably another 1/2 mile at least. With hindsight perhaps we should have tried to find the path but memories of enforced river crossings are still fresh.

The walking is easy. There are no difficult climbs and sleepy Buckinghamshire villages are well spaced and make interesting diversions from crossing muddy fields. We walk through Chearsley, Chilton, Brill (the overcast skies make for some moody pictures of the windmill), Dorton, Ashendon, Nether Winchendon and back to Cuddington. All in all an enjoyable 15 mile walk and calling a village Brill always makes me smile!

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Brill picture gallery (more pictures on Flickr):

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Distance: 15 miles ; Difficulty: Strenuous

Postcode for Satnav: HP18 0BB

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