Kensworth-Pitsone Hill

 Yesterday (Friday 13th March 2009) I did a very long circular walk from my home in Kensworth to Pitstone Hill and back. I have created a Google map of the route, which measures the distance at 17.75 miles :-

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=51.826018,-0.558243&spn=0.093152,0.30899&z=12&msid=112467863617014694733.000465118e9f655b3c6a6

The route is basically my Kensworth-Ivinghoe Beacon walk, but extended from Ashridge through Aldbury and over Pitstone Hill before rejoining that route at Steps Hill. I had done this walk only once before, and I adjusted the route slightly in a couple of places this time.

It was a very grey day, so I took very few photos – because of the weather conditions, I had no intention of recording the walk on my web site. I had a few spots of rain when I reached Aldbury, enough for me to put the rain-cover on my daypack, but otherwise it remained dry. The low grey clouds did slightly restrict the views from Pitstone Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.

It was a great walk for spotting birds – Red Kite, Raven, two Buzzards, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker,¬† Fieldfare, Long-tailed Tits, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer and Jay. There was a lot of Dog’s Mercury growing in several places – this had been the only wildflower I’d seen this year, but today I finally spotted some Coltsfoot, Red Dead-nettle and Lesser Celandine.

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