Pete's Walks - Hambleden, Stonor, Frieth (page 1 of 4)

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Google map of the walk

UPDATE 21/01/11 I have now done this walk in the opposite (anti-clockwise) direction, and think that the walk is better that way round because of the good views as you approach the villages of Fingest, Turville and Stonor (though there is a longish and steep hill out of Stonor). For a description of the walk in that direction see here.

I did this 11.7 mile circular walk on Saturday, 6th March 2010. This walk started at Hambleden, the same as my previous walk a week ago, but this time I would be exploring the area to the north-west of the village rather than the north-east. About half the walk would be new to me, with a very pleasant section of the Chiltern Way making up the remainder.

I took a different way out of Hambleden today. From the car park (grid reference SU 785866) I followed the short street back to the village square and went half-left, going south-west through the attractive cottages to the minor road that runs through the Hambleden valley. On the other side I took a rising path through the trees of Ridge Wood, then descended to meet a bridleway running along the southern edge of the wood. Turning right here, I was now briefly on the route of my Chiltern Chain Walk, but after turning right at a bridleway junction by a cottage I left it at a second junction a few yards further on, where I turned left and headed uphill again to reach part of Great Wood.

Hambleden

 

The Hambleden Brook on the edge of the village, flowing towards the Thames about a mile away

 

Path through Ridge Wood

 

The river Thames from Round Wood

 

This is the way I usually go, towards Great Wood ...

 

... but today I turned left and followed this bridleway instead

 

It was a very pleasant mile-long section through Great Wood, over Pallbach Hill and then Red Hill. I heard a Buzzard at one point, and saw it land on top of a nearby tree (just too far off and a little obscured for a photo, unfortunately). Beyond the large wood, the path continued on a good track to Roundhouse Farm, with good views over the valley on the left.

 

Path through Great Wood

 

Path through Great Wood

 

Path through Great Wood

 

Path just beyond Great Wood, heading towards Roundhouse Farm

 

View southwest, from the path to Roundhouse Farm

 

At Roundhouse Farm I turned right down a lane for a quarter of a mile or so, then continuing on  a footpath where the lane bent right. The path descended quite steeply into a small valley, rising more gently up the other side beside a line of telephone poles. There were several Red Kites nearby as I made my way through this large empty pasture, and I saw some Speedwell here (just about my first wildflower of the year). A track led on to Bosmore Farm, beyond which I followed the farm drive to the right for a couple of hundred yards. I then took a footpath on the left, initially through a young plantation of Fir trees and then across a ploughed field and a small empty pasture to reach a lane by some cottages (this place isn't named on the map, the nearest identifiable building being Coxlease Farm).

 

The path to Bosmore Farm

 

Looking back, from just before Bosmore Farm

 

Path through the young plantation, just after Bosmore Farm

 

Approaching the lane near Coxlease Farm

Part 2 of this walk

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