Pete's Walks - Wigginton, Wendover Woods and St Leonards (page 1 of 5)

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

I did this circular walk of about 12.7 miles on Monday, 24th October, 2011 (during a week's holiday from work). This was a route that I walked in the opposite direction last December, when I came across no less than three instances of discrepancies between the actual paths and those shown on the OS map. I thought that if I did the walk the other way around, this might help resolve the issues and show where possibly I had gone wrong. In the event, the walk just confirmed that in all three cases the map does not match the paths on the ground. I very rarely have any such problems here in the Chilterns so to find three such case in one walk is quite bizarre! So I would hesitate to recommend this as a route to follow.

As well as doing the walk in the opposite direction (anti-clockwise), I also chose to start at a different point on the circular route. I started at Wigginton, so as to avoid the 5 (!!!) parking charge at the Wendover Woods visitor centre. I started walking about 9.45am, taking a track heading southwest from Wigginton towards Wick Farm. The track continued on past the farm, with a huge stubble field on my right, beyond which I could see the trees of Tring Park. When the track ended at a lane junction, I continued ahead for about half a mile along Church Lane in the village of Hastoe.

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The road out of Wigginton

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Approaching Wick farm

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Looking south, from just before Wick Farm

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The track continuing west from Wick Farm

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The end of the track, approaching the road junction at Hastoe

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Church Lane, Hastoe

When Church Lane ended at another junction, I went on for a few more yards before turning right on a private drive (shown on the map as a public byway, curiously one of many in this area). It ended after a quarter of a mile, with bridleways forking either side of a large house. I took the left fork, this bridleway soon turning slightly right (northwards), and descending quite steeply through Grove Wood. At the bottom of the slope I turned left onto another public byway, a track between hedgerows, which soon curved left and ended at a junction with another similar byway. Here I turned right, soon reaching a lane near the hamlet of West Leith.

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The private drive, Hastoe

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Start of the path downhill from Hastoe, through Grove Wood

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The path downhill through Grove Wood

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The path downhill through Grove Wood

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Public byway, near Hastoe

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Public byway, near Hastoe

Across the lane, the byway continued northwards - it still ran between hedgerows, and had clearly been resurfaced fairly recently. After about a quarter of a mile I turned left on a footpath running along the right edge of a field of stubble (I spotted some lovely Common Toadflax here). the path continued past a similar field, then ran between fences for a short distance before reaching a lane at the foot of Aston Hill.

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Public byway (near West Leith), going north from the lane crossing

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The path going west towards Aston Hill

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The path going west towards Aston Hill