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Glorious weather for travelling

Going away for a few days in the UK, in March, can be a bit of a gamble weatherwise - torrential rain, high winds, snow, hail - any or all, are a real possibility. How lucky was I, then that dry weather prevailed for almost all of my 7 days away?

First stop was picturesque West Wycombe. Just 30 or so miles outside London, this pretty historic village lies in lovely open countryside just a short distance from High Wycombe.

Walking on a bright, beautiful morning, we turned into Church Lane and continued to Church Hill - out in the open and enjoying wonderful views.

Through old woods of Yew, Holly, Oak and Beech.

Until we reached, right at the top, St Lawrence's Parish Church. (Sorry there's no photograph of this impressive building). The modest car park was chock full of trailers - very unusual according to my friend Sarah - and there was also a very big crane and lights. The whole area was being turned into a set, ready for filming - but what?

Down below again, temporary road signs for 'BH' were in evidence. That night powerful lights created drama and a 'ghostly' mist drifted across the sky above the Church and the imposing Dashwood Mausoleum - again no pictures. This often happens, because I'm too busy living the moment and only remember the camera afterwards!

The word was out the next day: BH refers to Burke and Hare, the 19 Century grave robbers and the production of the same name, a black comedy thriller directed by John Landis, starring Simon Pegg aka 'Sean of the Dead', Isla Fisher and Ronnie Corbett among others.

We returned the next morning (see the photo at the top of this post). Look at the gates of the Mausoleum, now transformed into 'Greyfriars Churchyard'. The metallic sign is cardboard! Between the actual churchyard and mausoleum, several gravestones were lying on their side. A quick tap revealed that they were made of polystyrene - I can't tell you how authentic they looked!!! Amazing.

Anyway, on with the tour. Across the valley (below) is West Wycombe Park, home of the Dashwood family.

Just look at these historic dwellings on the High Street.

Constant traffic unfortunately.

The 15 Century Church Loft. Great clock! There was once a whipping post underneath.

That's all for now. Time for me to see what's been happening in Blogland! Bye for now, Lesley


  1. I have passed close to this area on my way to somewhere else, I love the Chiltern scenery - but the village looks very attractive, what a shame the traffic always ruins the ambience of these spots. By coincidence they were filming scenes from the same film at the walled garden at Luton Hoo where I have taken a lot of photographs!

  2. I loved my trip with you! Haven't seen these places before. Thanks so much, Lesley

  3. Good that you got the fine weather, and how fascinating re the filming and props.

    Lovely style of buildings in those last photos.

  4. Lovely landscape, Lesley. Looks like something out of Wuthering Heights. Glad you are enjoying nice weather and blue skies!

  5. Jill (interesting that the production has visited Luton Hoo too, I'll have to see this film when it's released, despite being a wimp when it comes to horror) Julie, Cathy and Cathie - lovely to hear from you all. Feels like I've been away for ages. Thanks for visiting. x

  6. What a lovely place! You were lucky with the weather.


  7. WOW! looks like a dream or a movie. lucky you!!

  8. Oh Lesley - we lived just north of High Wycombe, in Penn, for 25 years, and we know West Wickham very well. I can honestly say I've been to each one of your photographs!!

    My Mother-in-law and husband during the war were evacuated to High Wycombe, in the Sands area, and they climbed up to the golden Dome of the mausoleum and actually sat in it! They stopped people doing that soon after the war, I believe, you certainly couldn't do it when we lived there!

  9. Hope the sun continues to shine.

  10. Fabulous trip... and weather! It really is a beautiful part of the world, I'm off to Beaconsfield to visit family and friends so hopefully you've left some of that weather behind for me! I love the 'oldy worldy' villages but agree.. too much traffic!! x

  11. A very beautiful area Lesley. I do hope you saw a Red kite. If you didn't you missed the best chance of seeing one in Britain outside Wales.
    I saw eleven in 20 minutes near High Wycombe once.

  12. You were in my neck of the woods Lesley. I live near Amersham but I did my midwifery training in High Wycombe. I often used to visit West Wycombe which is completely owned by The National Trust. I have tried taking photos of those fabulous old buildings but who wants photos with parked cars in Loved visiting the church and the Hellfire Caves, very creepy.

  13. Jayne, Tricia and Val - lovely to hear from you, thanks.

    Gilly, that's great and it's really interesting to read your reminiscences. According to the booklet 'A Walk Around West Wycombe' the golden ball was closed to the public round about 1950.

    Anne, it's raining in St Ives now - hopefully the sun will shine for your visit, I have fingers crossed!

    Richard, yes I'm pleased to say that I did see a Red Kite and the bright sunny conditions made the bird's brick red plumage glow.

    Cathy, lucky you - it's so pretty. Some episodes of 'Midsomer Murders' are filmed in the wider area, apparently.

    Lesley x

  14. beautiful and scenic shots that you took and i agree they almost look like perfect little movie sets themselves~!!~

    it's quite amazing how real the cardboard gates look~!!~

    i'm a bit jealous of the gorgeous weather in your photos . . . as i look out my window this a.m. i see heavy wet snow falling. so far it's melting as it hits the ground but if it keeps up at the current pace we will definately have some more "spring" accumulation~!~

    love the sunshine that your post has brought into my day~!!!~


  15. Hi Libby, thank you. Will try to post some more 'sunshiny' pics soon. Bfn, Lesley

  16. What a good week you chose, lovely blue sky in your pictures!Now i'm on holiday from work and look at the weather here in St. Ives, typical!!! x x

  17. How wonderful. I had a friend who went to Coloma (?) collegin West Wickham. I really didn't realise how pretty it was. Thank you for the travelogue.

  18. Noelle and Jackie - thanks, now I must get around to posting about the rest of the holiday! P.S. There's another West Wickham, in Kent, I think. Lesley x


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