I did have an ulterior motive for this walk, it was a bit of research for another blog I am writing in my Exploration Blog but going to get the photos brought back some childhood memories.
I wanted to get to the hill you see in the distance which is on the Cholsey Downs
To get to it you had to walk up the path you see ahead, this area is a car park for people visiting the downs
The gate here stop you getting to the downs by car. It is only a recent thing as we could once drive right up to a place called the Fair Mile
The gully you see in the track is caused by rainwater flowing down the hill
Looking back to the carpark
This part of the walk is quite boring now but on the left are some woods
where we used to play & roam around
It used to be a lot more open but now has become very overgrown with vegetation
But in some places it you look out you get a fine view like Starveall farm you see below
In places I can see where people have been poking around in the woods as there are paths leading in
The track here gets a bit rougher though it's in better condition that when it was when I was a kid
This is a view of the woods we used to play in
This is about as far as I went
Because this is the view I wanted to get looking down into the village of Cholsey. I felt it was worth the effort. As for the miserable old farmer well he died many years ago and lays in Cholsey Churchyard.