I set out along the Grand Union Canal in such glorious sunshine and by the calm, shining water it would have been easy to go into a dreamy state and walk there forever. There came a time to turn off though, which took me to the River Ouse, and past a ruined church, which had some stories behind it, at the site of a grand house which has completely vanished. Then over the river, which is a beautiful river for its whole length and in the sunshine is a delight. Then away following the ‘Swan’s Way’, a route which I brushed by before.
The way led through broad, open fields then into a wood, where I switched to the ‘Three Shires Way’, then in time under the M1. After a little way on the road (not the M1; a local road) I passed under a gateway arch onto the road leading to Tyringham House. The road here passes over the Great Ouse again, which makes a loop here, on a pretty Georgian bridge built for the estate.
Past the house, up the hill is the parish church. It stands alone. There is no village. The name ‘Tyringham’ may be a parish or a memory of a lost place. Here I sat a short while, looking back to the river and the bridge in a perfect setting before setting off again.
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 160 (Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell)
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 172 (Chiltern Hills East)
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 181 (Chiltern Hills North)
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 192 (Buckingham and Milton Keynes)
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 207 (Newport Pagnell & Northampton South)
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