Pete's Walks - Cadmore End, Crowell Hill, Radnage (page 1 of 5)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 15.4 miles on Saturday, 22nd October, 2011. This was a new route for me, although I'd walked about half of the paths on previous walks. I got the idea to do a walk starting at Cadmore End when I passed through here on my walk last week, although I had actually thought of doing this once before. The route basically goes north along the valley of Twigside Bottom to Stokenchurch, continues north to Crowell Hill, then goes southeast through various parts of Radnage and  then on through Bottom Wood to the outskirts of Piddington, before returning to Cadmore End.  I chose to do the walk clockwise, for two reasons - firstly, so that the short bits of the walk that were the same as last week were done in the opposite direction, and secondly to avoid having the steep climb up to Hanger Wood at the very end of the walk. (Note: I have since done a slight variation on this walk, in July 2016)

I managed to get an early start (for me), and started walking from the small car park at Cadmore End (Grid Reference SU 786925) at about 9.45am. I went south along Church Lane past the church on my left, then turned right on a hedge-lined track. When this reached Hanger Wood, I forked right on to a path heading into the centre of the wood, then turned right again at a waymark sign.  This crossed a track, before merging with the track further on. As the path left the wood, there was a nice view left over Fingest, and another one right, along the valley of Twigside Bottom that I was about to follow. Cobstone Mill, which I passed last week, was somewhere on top of the opposite hill, hidden by trees. The path now went steeply downhill along the edge of a large sheep pasture. I then went a few yards right along a lane, before taking a bridleway on the left.

Cadmore End (cricket club and church on left)

 

The track from Cadmore End to Hanger Wood

 

Footpath through Hanger Wood, heading towards Fingest

 

The path in Hanger Wood, heading towards Cobstone Mill

 

The path beyond Hanger Wood (Cobstone Mill is on top of the opposite slope, hidden by the trees)

 

Looking right, along the valley of Twigside Bottom

 

So far I'd been retracing part of the route I followed last Saturday, but that now turned left for Cobstone Mill and Turville, while I followed the bridleway onwards along the valley of Twigside Bottom. I should say that I'm not at all sure that the whole valley is called Twigside Bottom, as the name occurs on the map at this southern end of the valley close to a Twigside Farm at Ibstone, but as there is no other name on the map I've always assumed this is the name of the whole valley. After an initial stretch beside a hedgerow, the bridleway entered a narrow strip of wood in the valley floor - I would be following the wooded valley for about two and a half miles. After maybe three quarters of a mile, the bridleway turned left to go up to Ibstone, but I followed the footpath continuing ahead.

 

Start of the bridleway through Twigside Bottom

 

Near the start of the bridleway through Twigside Bottom

 

The bridleway through Twigside Bottom

 

The bridleway shortly before I left it (to go left, up to the the trees on the skyline, left)

 

Footpath through Twigside Bottom

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It was very easy walking along the flat valley bottom on  a clear path through the woods. After another three quarters of a mile or so, I reached the junction where last week's route crossed through Twigside Bottom on the way to Ibstone, up on my left. After another three quarters of a mile I reached a junction where a path on the right came down from Penley farm. Beyond this junction, I was entering new territory for the first time on this walk.

 

Footpath through Twigside Bottom

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Footpath through Twigside Bottom

 

Footpath through Twigside Bottom

 

Footpath through Twigside Bottom

 

Part 2 of this walk

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