At one point I ended up back at a stile that I'd already passed and had that sinking feeling you get when you realise you've been walking in circles. Not only that, but we approached the stile from the opposite direction to the one I would have expected.
Now I could get my bearings though and use the stile as a reference point, retracing my steps back through the wood. Somehow I managed to go wrong again though! I was starting to get a bit worried as I couldn't work out where Bacombe Hill had gone. It's a large chalk grassland slope that should have been on my right hand side. Not so easy to miss, but it just wasn't there.
I spotted some lovely foxgloves in a clearing in the woods, including a pure white one, and a tiny colony of miniature fungi on a log.
|Completely white foxglove|
I ploughed on, convinced I was going in the right direction, until I spotted a familiar sign on my left hand side...
... Somehow I'd found Coombe Hill, but I was walking from completely the other direction to where I thought I was. In fact if I carried on the way I was going I would have got to Bacombe Hill, but on my left hand side. It had been quite an adventure, but I was relieved to finally know where I was. Shame I have absolutely no sense of direction and had been completely lost!
I walked out to the monument to take a look at the views. It's one of the highest points in the Chilterns and you can get fantastic views of the hills and out across the Vale of Aylesbury. The rain had settled in on the hills though and the only view today was the gloom.
|Not much of a view today|
|Feeling a bit of a drip for getting so lost!|