I mentioned before that our son and daughter in law gifted us a hotel voucher as a Christmas present, and we made our booking for last Friday. Coco was booked into my niece's house for a couple of days and we headed off, bright and early, for the Chiltern hills.
When we were trying to decide where to go, we didn't want to go too far afield and waste our limited time away in the car so we chose Amersham, which is only about an hour and a half away. Isn't it strange how we tend to venture further afield to discover new places and not visit places closer to home? We based ourselves in Old Amersham at The Crown Inn. If you've seen the film Four Weddings and a Funeral you will have already seen where we stayed as it was used as a location where Hugh Grant and Andi McDowell stayed there!
We started our exploration in West Wycombe which has close association with Sir Francis Dashwood who built the mausoleum dedicated to his family.
I'm not a lover of caves, but the entrance to them looked well lit and not too claustrophobic so I cautiously agreed to go in on the understanding that if I got spooked we would turn round and come out again! The layout of the caves is not straightforward and you would go down a passage to be met with a choice of two directions to travel down. Do you go left or right? There weren't many other people around and we got about 3/4 of the way through when it seemed to get narrower, more steep, not so well lit, suddenly there was no one else in the passage we had chosen and water was dripping on my head. I'm ashamed to say that this was my 'I need to get out now' moment! So I've seen most of the infamous caves but not the inner sanctum!