Pete's Walks- Wigginton and Drayton 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 circular walk of about 6 miles on Monday, 29th June 2015.  It was a repeat of the Wigginton and Drayton Wood walk I did in July 2013 (I actually repeated it sometime in 2014, but for some reason I didn't write it up for this web site).

I parked in the car park by a playing field in Wigginton (Grid Reference SP 938100) and started walking about 11.25am. Coming out of the car park I turned right along the road and followed it out of the village (spotting a Red Admiral butterfly along the way). A little past the last houses I took a footpath on the right, which crossed a long narrow cattle pasture, beyond which the path split in two - I went half-left across a wheat field. The path then cut through a corner of a meadow, then continued in the same southerly direction across another large meadow, where there were numerous Meadow Browns, to reach Roundhill Wood.

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The road through Wigginton

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The first field, a cattle pasture

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The path going half-left across a wheat field

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The path crossing a corner of the next field

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The path crossing the next field, heading to Roundhill Wood

I turned right and followed a path just inside the edge of the wood (I could have taken a parallel path just outside the wood, the two paths merging further on by a gate). As I made my way through the wood, I spotted a few Speckled Wood butterflies. Across I lane, I entered another wood called High Scrubs - this was more open with several conifers amongst the deciduous trees. The path maintained its generally southwest direction as it crossed a byway near the edge of the wood, then followed a left-hand hedge through a meadow. There were still the show jumping fences in this hedge, though the tall grass in the fields either side showed there'd been no horses in here this year.

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The path through Roundhill Wood

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The path through Roundhill Wood

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The path through Roundhill Wood

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The path through Roundhill Wood

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The path through High Scrubs

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The same path continuing from High Scrubs to Shire Lane

I then went a few yards left along Shire Lane (the old boundary between Bucks and Herts) then took a path on the opposite side between some stables and a property name 'Montana'.  I soon reached part of Drayton Wood, with paddocks on my left. At a path crossroads I went straight on. From previous sorry experience I know the paths hereabouts don't exactly match those shown on the OS map, but just following the path as it then soon turned right in a corner of the wood was straightforward (I was actually going straight on at a crossroads of paths here). The path continued just inside an edge of the wood on my left for some distance, until it ended at a bridleway.

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The path from Shire Lane along the southeast edge of Drayton Wood

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The path going northwest along the edge of Drayton Wood

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The path going northwest along the edge of Drayton Wood

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The path going northwest along the edge of Drayton Wood