We had a really lovely afternoon in Brill recently. We’d never been there before but having seen photos of the windmill on Instagram we knew it looked right up our street. Up in the Aylesbury Vale district, it was an easy 45 minute journey along the M40 to J7 and then a scenic drive for the last 10 miles.

The windmill (post mill is it’s actual title) dates back to the 17 th Century and is one of the most ancient and valuable in the country. Although no longer a working mill, it has been restored and is open to the public on Sundays, 2 pm – 5 pm from Easter to end of September*.

I’d printed off directions for a 4.5 mile circular walk starting from the windmill. The directions got a little confusing at times so it made for a great adventure (not to my husband’s amusement, he doesn’t particularly like my adventures). It took us past Leatherslade Farm, used as a hideout for the Great Train Robbers of 1963, and then up a narrow path which was full of stinging nettles.

After many screams of ouch, ouch and ouch again, we turned back to retrace our steps as the path was getting more and more overgrown. Maybe the path isn’t used very much, or maybe all the rain we have had recently has made the nettles grow to a magnificent height. Either way, Roy said I was inappropriately dressed for walking through stinging nettles so our circular walk was abandoned.

We did manage to make it to The Pointer pub though. Located in the centre of the village it’s more of a gastro pub/restaurant, has accommodation and it’s own butchers shop/deli. It looked very inviting. The shop is only open Wednesday to Saturday and Brill market is located beside The Pointer every Saturday morning.

All Saints church (next door to The Pointer) were serving afternoon cream teas but we opted for a beer in the pub garden.

We saw four tandems and their riders cycling through the village, is that a common thing or were we lucky to spot them? Either way we’ve never seen four tandems together before. We also spotted a sparkling elephant weather vane and fresh garden flowers for sale on a windowsill.

We got the impression Brill has a great community spirit, set on top of a hill, with stunning views of the countryside. We highly recommend you all pay a visit.

*charges apply. Visit http://www.brillwindmill.org/ for further information or email [email protected]

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