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 walk of about 6 miles on Saturday, 23rd July, 2016. This was a repeat of a walk I've done a few times now, from Wigginton to Drayton Wood, returning through Hastoe and Tring Park. I had intended to do a 15-mile walk somewhere else but changed my mind when I saw how hot and humid the weather was going to be - I decided to do two shorter walks on successive days instead.

I parked in Wigginton by the playing fields (Grid Reference SP 938100), and started walking about 10.20am. I turned right from the entrance to the car park and followed the road for a quarter of a mile or so until it left the village. Just past a traffic-calming barrier, I turned right onto a footpath that crossed a long thin pasture (the cattle were sensibly hiding in the shade of trees over to my right) - the kissing-gate on the far side is hidden behind a holly bush but the path to it is usually perfectly clear. Beyond this gate I continued half-left (another path went right here) across a field containing the dried-out remains of a crop that I didn't recognise. The path then crossed a corner of a meadow, before continuing through another large meadow to reach Roundhill Wood.

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The road out of Wigginton

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The footpath across the long, thin pasture

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The path continuing towards Roundhill Wood

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The path continuing towards Roundhill Wood

I turned right along another path running just inside the wood. After passing a couple of fields to my right I had the wood on both sides. Further on I crossed a lane and entered a wood called High Scrubs - the path here was now open to the sky, and there were more conifers here than there'd been in Roundhill Wood. On the far side of High Scrubs I crossed a byway, and on leaving the wood I followed a hedge on my left through another meadow (there are horse jumps in this hedge, so beware if you hear hooves thundering towards you - though I've never seen anyone jumping or even riding here).

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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 Roundhill Wood

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The path through High Scrubs

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The path through High Scrubs

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The path continuing to Shire Lane

I then went a few yards left along Shire Lane (this part of it is still part of he boundary between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire) before taking a path on the other side, beside a property named Montana. After a while I was in Drayton Wood, with some paddocks to my left where I was amused to see some horses disguised as Zebras!

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The start of the footpath running next to Montana

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Further along the same footpath

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Horses pretending to be Zebras!