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:firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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!
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.
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.