Today was our last chance to take an autumn colours walk, before winter. The leaves were still hanging onto the beech trees in the Chilterns, and although cold, it was a surprisingly pleasant day for a walk.
The walk from Cholesbury Common took us through seven villages, most with a pub, so no shortage of lunch venues. The high number of pubs closing does not appear to effect the Chilterns, as this is a well-heeled commuter belt west of London.
The evening mist was forming in the valleys when we realised the instructions in our walk were not particularly clear. Fortunately the only walkers we had seen all day appeared as we were trying to decide which was the correct direction to head in. Amazingly we had met up with an expert walker who has published a book of walks in Southern England. He naturally was equipped with proper maps, and was able to point us in the right direction. We only just completed the walk before sunset.