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Day 1

Footbridge over canalWe were taken to the start point by my parents, a car journey of less than 5 minutes. It was cool this morning, with quite a thick mist. We wore coats and fleeces, and there’ll be no pictures of the start of the walk.

We walked up into Wendover Woods and then down to the canal near Aston Clinton. From there we followed the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal to Marsworth, where we enjoyed a pint in The Red Lion PH.

Our lunch was a picnic by the canal at Ivinghoe Locks. By now the weather was considerably warmer, we had no more need of a coat.

Our original intention was to finish at Mentmore. We arrived in the village at 3:30pm; the pub was shut and there was nowhere to buy water, so we walked on. We managed to drink from a tap attached to a water trough by the way after we left the village.

We arrived at Wing for a pint in The Cock Inn while waiting for our lift back to Aylesbury. The total distance covered today was around 16½ miles and proved not to be to hard.

Using OS maps on the phone all day was enough to run the phone’s battery completely out. We should have bought a portable battery charger for the phone. We will be more conservative in the use of the phone in the next stages.