Pete's Walks- Whiteleaf Hill and Loosley Row (page 1 of 3)

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Google map of the walk

I did this roughly 7 mile circular walk on Sunday, 11th January 2015.  It was a repeat of a walk I did in March 2012.

I parked in the car park by Whiteleaf Hill, near Princes Risborough. A short path out of the end of the car park soon took me to a section of the Ridgeway national trail, where I turned right to head north towards Whiteleaf Hill. I soon spotted the remains of some practice trenches from World War I on my right, and immediately after them I turned right onto a bridleway (the summit of Whiteleaf Hill was only another hundred yards or so further on, and would be well worth the detour if you'd not been there before - there are some photos and information part-way down this page here). The bridleway ran along just inside the edge of an attractive beech wood, with a large field just feet away on my right. To my left, the wood dropped away steeply into a valley - this area is named The Hangings on the map, I don't know if that means the wood or the valley. I was surprised how muddy the bridleway was (though I've known it to be bad before), I think there must have been much more rain in this part of the Chilterns than we've had near Dunstable. After almost half a mile I came to a fork in the bridleway, where I kept right. Soon after I reached the end of the field on my right, and a few yards further on I turned right at a path junction. I was now in Sergeant's Wood, still with the same very large field nearby on my right.

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The Ridgeway heading north to Whiteleaf Hill

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Not too clear, but these are the remains of practice trenches dug during World War I

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Near the start of the bridleway heading east past or through The Hangings

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The bridleway heading east past or through The Hangings

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The path on the west edge of Sergeant's Wood

When the path left the wood, it soon reached a crossroads of bridleways, where I turned left. I now had Sergeant's Wood on my left, with another large field over a fence or hedge on my right. After a third of a mile I reached the end of the field, and a few yards further on I turned right along a path in Sergeant's Wood with the field still a few feet to my right. The path led on through a garden in the hamlet of Green Hailey to a road (the one past the car park where I'd started) where I turned left.

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The bridleway on the southern side of Sergeant's Wood

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The bridleway on the southern side of Sergeant's Wood

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The path on the north-western side of Kingsfield Wood

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The road near Green Halley, just before I turned right

After maybe a quarter of a mile I went right where a fingerpost indicated the start of a bridleway. This ran beside part of Hillock Wood, with a field again to my right. Just past the field corner the bridleway turned left and headed south through the wood - the steep Chiltern escarpment sloped down on my right, though there was only really one point where I got a view out through the trees towards the Vale of Aylesbury. After about half a mile the bridleway took me to the hamlet of Parslow's Hillock. I followed a drive a few yards to the left to reach a minor road, where I turned right then turned left into a lane beside the Pink and Lily pub.  After almost half a mile I turned right, joining the route of the Chiltern Way as it followed part of an ancient earthwork called Grim's Ditch. This was very muddy, but after only a hundred yards or so I stayed on the Chiltern Way as it forked right and crossed the corner of a field.

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The start of the bridleway to Parslow's Hillock

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The bridleway to Parslow's Hillock

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The bridleway to Parslow's Hillock

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Lily Bottom Lane

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Grim's Ditch, just before I forked right

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Start of the path from Grim's Ditch to Lacey Green