This Saturday (8 Oct) we have a social trail run out in the North Buckinghamshire countryside. It is a 20 mile loop starting and finishing at Wolverton train station, taking in Salcey Forest and Hanslope. If it's a shorter run you're after, there is also a 3-5 mile social trail the following day (Sun 9th) - Catharine Sowerby (mailto:participation@serpentine.org.uk) has details of that one.

The Saturday route wends its way northwards from Wolverton through gently undulating fields and woods to reach Salcey Forest, a remnant of the ancient forest that once covered much of the country, now managed by the Forestry Commission. We'll divert briefly on to the "Treetop Way", a raised walkway rising above the forest canopy. We then visit the small villages of Hanslope (with the tallest church spire in Buckinghamshire) and Castlethorpe (passing the ancient earthworks) on our way back to Wolverton.

There will be a cafe stop at the Salcey Forest visitor centre just over half way, and there's a supermarket near the station in Wolverton for supplies to refuel on the train home.

You need to be able to run for 20 miles but slow pace is no problem - the group will be flexible and we will take a few breaks. The route is not particularly hilly. No need to sign up in advance, just turn up on the day!

TRAINS

Take the 0913 from London Euston to Wolverton arriving at 0958. Alan who is leading the run will be travelling by a different route, so all meet outside Wolverton station. Return trains are at 17 and 37 minutes past the hour.

WHAT TO BRING

It's an unsupported run with nowhere to leave bags at the start, so come in your running gear and bring only what you will take with you on the run. Bring some water, a few snacks for the trail, and if the forecast suggests, a rain jacket and/or warm top for afterwards plus a small rucksack to carry it all.

Alan Hall.
mailto:trail@serpentine.org.uk
mob: 07929 243228

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