Sunday, March 05, 2006

Quainton - 4 March 2006

Quainton windmill and preaching crossOur Saturday walk was a little over 10 miles and took in 4 villages in the Vale of Aylesbury starting from Quainton. While Quainton is a quaint to’n that is not the reason for the name: it is, instead, a corruption of old English Cwene-tun or Queen’s Manor. Quainton’s claim to fame is the tallest windmill in the county and the remains of a C15th preaching cross.

Cobweb Cottage complete with spiderThe walk description said “indistinct field paths” and they certainly were. Most paths here, if not very well defined, are at least discernable; but for most of this walk we had no indication that anyone had ever passed that way before.

After a midday snack in a pub in the pretty village of Whitchurch we made our way back to Quainton.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

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