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

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

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.

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Hambleden

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

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Path through Ridge Wood

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The river Thames from Round Wood

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

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... 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.

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Path through Great Wood

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Path through Great Wood

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Path through Great Wood

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Path just beyond Great Wood, heading towards Roundhouse Farm

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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).

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The path to Bosmore Farm

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Looking back, from just before Bosmore Farm

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Path through the young plantation, just after Bosmore Farm

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Approaching the lane near Coxlease Farm