Pete's Walks- Watlington Hill and Russell's Water (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 15.3 miles on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. It was a repeat of a walk I did in April, 2012.

I parked in the car park on top of Watlington Hill (grid reference SU 709936) - it had been raining for the last 15-20 minutes as I'd driven there, and I sat in my car for 10 minutes or so until I was sure the rain had stopped, finally starting walking about 10.25am. I turned right from the car park and followed the road about a quarter of a mile to a T-junction, where I turned right to enter the wonderfully named Christmas Common. I very soon forked left at another junction, and just as quickly then forked right down Hollandridge Lane. After about a quarter of a mile I turned left onto a bridleway (I'd earlier passed a footpath on that side), which descended gently through a wood called Prior's Grove. At the bottom of a valley the bridleway turned right, and there then followed a pleasant stretch of about a mile and a half, following the bridleway along the valley bottom through Fire Wood.

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The road from Watlington Hill to Christmas Common

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Hollandridge Lane, running through Christmas Common

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The bridleway from Christmas Common, descending through Prior's Grove

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The bridleway continuing through Fire Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Fire Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Fire Wood

Eventually the bridleway (and valley) curved right and I soon passed Turville Park Farm. Here I went straight on, the bridleway running between widely-spaced fences for a while and then running beside a tall hedgerow on my left. Further on, the bridleway switched to the left of the hedgerow and a little way after that I came to a path crossroads. Here I turned right, and went uphill along the edge of a field to rejoin Hollandridge Lane, where I turned left. I followed the lane to its end, where I again turned left and followed a minor road heading towards the village of Stonor.

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The bridleway approaching Turville Park Farm

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The bridleway just after Turville Park Farm

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A little further along the bridleway

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The path from the bridleway back to Hollandridge Lane

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Looking toward Stonor Park from where I rejoined Hollandridge Lane

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Hollandridge Lane

I only followed the road for a couple of hundred yards or so (so I didn't get as far as Stonor), before turning right along a path that ran between hedgerows for a while before continuing gradually uphill through Pishillbury Wood. About three-quarters of a mile after leaving the road, I came to a path junction - the OS map shows a path crossroads here, but in order to go 'straight on' I actually had to turn left for about a hundred yards and then turn right. The new path almost immediately left the wood and continued down a private drive in part of the village of Maidensgrove.

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The footpath to Pishillbury Wood

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The footpath to Pishillbury Wood

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The footpath continuing through Pishillbury Wood