Pete's Walks - Pitstone Hill and Clipper Down (page 1 of 2)

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Google map of the walk

I did this roughly 4.2 mile circular walk on Saturday, 20th April 2013. I still seemed to be weak after the virus I had a couple of months ago, so I just wanted to do a short walk - in fact, I actually shortened the route even further than planned as I didn't feel great. But it seemed such a shame to only be out for an hour and a half, as it was such a beautiful Spring day.

From the small car park for Pitstone Hill, I went out of the gate at the end and followed a fence line with a small hillock on my right (I usually go up and over it, but I didn't want to waste any energy today). The path continued gently up to the top of Pitstone Hill, where some Belted Galloway cattle were sheltering (and/or scratching their backs) under a stunted tree.

The path from the car park, with the 'hillock' to the right

 

Approaching the top of Pitstone Hill

 

Belted Galloways on top of Pitstone Hill (Aston Hill in the distance)

I carried on, following a section of the ancient earthwork called Grim's Ditch as it descended slightly across the far side of Pitstone Hill to reach Aldbury Nowers. There was then a very long and pleasant section through the woods of Aldbury Nowers, until I eventually reached a path T-junction where the Ridgeway (which I'd been following so far) turned right. I went left here - normally I then turn almost immediately right on a path that soon crosses part of Stocks golf course to reach Aldbury close to the church, but today I kept straight on and soon reached a kissing gate on the edge of another part of the golf course.

The start of the path along Grim's Ditch on Pitstone Hill, looking across the 'Tring Gap' towards Wigginton

 

The path along Grim's Ditch on Pitstone Hill

 

The path along Grim's Ditch on Pitstone Hill, approaching Aldbury Nowers

 

The path through the woods of Aldbury Nowers

 

The path to the golf course

Beyond the kissing-gate was a path crossroads, where I turned left onto a bridleway (this is not shown on the OS map). This followed the edge of the golf course, with the woods on my left. I soon heard and spotted a Buzzard above the trees, and a little further on saw my first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell. There were also some Primroses growing just inside the wood. Further on the bridleway continued just inside Walk Wood, where there were numerous Lesser Celandine and the first Wood Anemones I'd seen this year.

The bridleway around the edge of  the golf course at Aldbury

 

The bridleway around the edge of  the golf course at Aldbury

 

The bridleway around the edge of  the golf course at Aldbury

 

The bridleway continuing through Walk Wood

 

View towards Clipper Down

Part 2 of this walk

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