Pete's Walks- Coombe Hill and Ninn Wood (page 1 of 3)

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 roughly 7.5 mile circular walk on Saturday, 11th January 2014. This was a new route for me, though there was only one path (in Ninn Wood) that I hadn't walked previously.

I started walking about 11.15am, from the car park at Coombe Hill (which was almost full). I went through the gate by the entrance to the car park and took the leftmost of three paths, which stayed close to a fence on the left. After a few hundred yards I turned left through a metal kissing-gate, joining the Ridgeway National Trail - I would now be following its white acorn signs as far as the hamlet of Lower Cadsden. A path took me through a beech wood on Lodge Hill to a road (the one to the car park), where I turned right for a couple of hundred yards. The Ridgeway then continued along a path on the other side of the road, leading through Linton's Wood and Goodmerhill Wood. After about half a mile the  path turned right along a track that dropped downhill (near the bottom of the hill a parallel permissive path started on the right, which soon rejoined the track).

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The start of the walk from the car park at Coombe Hill

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The Ridgeway on Lodge Hill

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The Ridgeway in Goodmerhill Wood

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The Ridgeway in Goodmerhill Wood, starting to descend towards Chequers

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The Ridgeway descending towards Chequers - this is where the permissive path starts on the right

Across a road, the Ridgeway continued across the grounds of Chequers (the Prime Minister's country house). It crossed the drive to the big house, and continued beside a fence to reach Maple Wood. Here it turned right on a track that followed the edge of the wood - I took the usual photo of Chequers with Coombe Hill behind it.

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Crossing the grounds of Chequers, heading towards the drive

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The path continuing across the drive, heading to Maple Wood

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The path beside Maple Wood

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Chequers, with Coombe Hill beyond

Beyond Maple Wood, the path crossed a large field (usually a pasture but arable this year) - this path is named Cradle Footpath on the OS map, but I don't know why. It continued through a very large area of grass and scrub (it occasionally has cattle in it), curving slightly right round the head of a valley. Just before reaching a metal kissing gate, I took a short detour right to visit the top of Chequers Knap, and enjoyed more extensive views over the Vale of Aylesbury.

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The Cradle Footpath

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View over the Vale of Aylesbury from the Cradle Footpath

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The Cradle Footpath

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The Vale of Aylesbury from Chequers Knap

Through the metal gate, I turned right for a few yards down a bridleway, then turned left through another kissing-gate. The Ridgeway now ran across the foot of Pulpit Hill, its wooded slopes rising up on my left. I crossed a track and continued through the Grangelands and Pulpit Hill Nature Reserve, with Whiteleaf Hill now ahead of me. After a few hundred yards the Ridgeway left the reserve at a gate on the right, and followed a garden fence on the right to reach a road in the hamlet of Lower Cadsden.

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The Ridgeway national Trail, passing below Pulpit Hill. Whiteleaf Hill is straight ahead, with Bledlow Cop on the horizon.

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The Ridgeway in Grangelands and Pulpit Hill Nature Reserve

I turned left and after a few yards forked right into the short street leading to the village pub, The Plough. Here I finally left the route of the Ridgeway, as I took a path starting immediately to the left of the pub car park. This soon brought me to a crossroads of footpaths, where I turned left on a path I'd not walked before. The path was initially on a good track through the woods, but after a few hundred yards the public footpath left the track, turning right and heading uphill into Ninn Wood.

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The start of the footpath from The Plough, Lower Cadsden

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The path going left from the path crossroads - this was the first time I'd walked this path

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This is where the path turns right and goes uphill