Once in a while, we go to Edlesborough, a small, quiet, tidy village in Buckinghamshire, where my husband spent part of his childhood. Nothing much seems to happen in Edlesborough, which doesn’t take away from the perfection of the countryside that surrounds it. The Chilterns are not too far away and I have done some lovely runs over there.
But this running route, a run that I do almost every time I am in Edlesborough with great satisfaction, starts just out of our doorstep. A bridlepath that leads to the next village, Ivinghoe, throught the fields. An out and back route, 4K out and 4k back. Exactly. So if you want to do a 10miler on your Sunday, run it twice and get the amazing views twice, which is a good thing!
The course is perfectly undulating, which means there are ups but enough time to recover before you reach the next challenge, or change of scenery. Because you never get bored running here.
Vast expanses of stubble fields and sheep pastures lie beyond St. Mary’s church. There is a sideview of the Ivinghoe Beacon, a prominent hill and landmark in the Chilterns, before you cross the road and find yourself running next to a farm and through a sort of old woodland, along a trail path that takes you next to the Village golf club and the local pub, the Rose and Crown. I usually stop here for a couple of stretches, before I head back the same way.
Forget about your stopwatch on this run. Time seems to stand still in this part of the world, even if your legs don’t!