Pete's Walks- Coombe Hill and Kingsash (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 walk of about 11.2 miles on Sunday, 18th September, 2016. It was a repeat of a walk I did about two years ago, but in the opposite (clockwise) direction - I had first walked this route in November 2013, but starting at the now closed Cobblers Hill car park (doing it clockwise).

I parked at the Coombe Hill car park (Grid Reference SP 852063) and started walking just before 11am. I went through the gate by the entrance to the car park, and took the middle of three paths, crossing an area of rough grass and bushes to reach a belt of trees. Beyond these trees I went right, along a broad expanse of grass with bushes or trees either side to reach the Monument on Coombe Hill. From here, I turned right to follow part of the Ridgeway National Trail (white acorn symbols). I soon crossed a bridleway in a sunken lane or 'hollow way', going through gates either side of it, and continued on with small trees and bushes either side. I kept right whenever I came to any forks in the path, leaving the Ridgeway at one such fork, and continued on along the top of Bacombe Hill until I reached a small tumulus or ancient burial mound (just a 'ring doughnut' shape in the ground), where the ground started to drop away more steeply in front of me.

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The start of the path from the Coombe Hill car park to the Monument

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Approaching the Monument on Coombe Hill

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The view from Coombe Hill - not as clear as when I was here a week ago!

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The Ridgeway, heading right from the Monument

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The Ridgeway continuing towards Bacombe Hill

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Bacombe Hill

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Bacombe Hill

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The view from the tumulus on Bacombe Hill, looking towards Wendover and Wendover Woods

After admiring the view ahead of me, over Wendover to Wendover Woods, I turned right from the tumulus on a path that dropped quite steeply downhill through bushes and small trees to reach a bridleway. Here I went straight on over a stile, and went slightly left as I continued downhill through an empty paddock to reach the hamlet of Bacombe. Here I turned left, and followed the lane all the way to its end on a street on the edge of Wendover.

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The path going right from the tumulus

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The path down to Bacombe

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Bacombe Lane

I turned right for a short distance, then turned left down Chapel Lane. I went slightly wrong here - I turned right immediately after a playground on the right, then had to turn left at the next path junction to reach a footbridge over a stream. I meant to go further down Chapel Lane then take a path on the right that followed the stream to the footbridge. Once over the footbridge, a path led on between garden fences to reach a street on the edge of the village. Here I went right for about a hundred yards before turning left into Hale Lane.

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Chapel Lane, Wendover

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The stream in Wendover, from the footbridge

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The path continuing from the footbridge

I followed Hale Lane steadily uphill, Soon after a wood started on my left, I took a track forking left that headed uphill through the wood (part of Wendover Woods, and on the eastern side of Boddington Hill). I went straight on where another track went left, and soon had an open area on my right where trees had been felled and saplings planted.

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Hale Lane, with the wooded Boddington Hill on the left

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Near the start of the track up Boddington Hill

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The track up Boddington Hill - the post is where another track goes left (I went straight on)

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The track on Boddington Hill