Pete's Walks - Coombe Hill and the Hampdens (page 1 of 5)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 12.5 miles on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. It was a repeat of my Coombe Hill and the Hampdens walk (Walk 12 of the Chiltern Chain Walk, anti-clockwise). Unfortunately, it turned out to be a very grey day - I don't think I have ever walked under such consistently dark grey skies before - so I'm afraid my photos are all a bit dismal (of course, the skies brightened up considerably as I drove home after the walk!).

I parked at the Coombe Hill car park (grid reference SP 852063), and started walking at roughly 9.45am. I went through the gate by the entrance to the car park and turned left, following a hedge and fence line with an open area of grass and bushes to my right. After a few hundred yards I turned left through a metal kissing-gate, joining the route of the Ridgeway national trail which I would now be following as far as Whiteleaf Hill. The path ran through a beech wood on top of Lodge Hill, with fields close by on my left. When I reached a lane (the one to the car park) I turned right, downhill, for about a hundred yards, then took a path on the left. The Ridgeway now continued southwards through Linton's Wood and Goodmerhill Wood for about half a mile (there were plenty of fingerposts and white acorns signs to guide me at various minor path junctions, but the general rule was 'straight on'). It then turned right down a clear track, which dropped quite steeply downhill. After crossing a bridleway, the path left the wood and ran through a tree belt to reach a minor road at Buckmoorend.

 

 

The start of the path from the Coombe Hill car park

 

The Ridgeway on Lodge Hill

 

The short road walk on Lodge Hill

 

The Ridgeway in Linton's Wood

 

The Ridgeway in Linton's Wood

 

The Ridgeway in Goodmerhill Wood

 

The Ridgeway in Goodmerhill Wood, after it turns right

 

The Ridgeway descending to Buckmoorend

 

I crossed the road and continued along a footpath that crossed the grounds and drive of Chequers, the Prime Minister's country house, which was over to my right. The path then continued through a field of young green corn to reach the edge of Maple Wood, where it turned right and followed the edge of the wood for several hundred yards.

 

The Ridgeway crossing the grounds surrounding Chequers

 

The Ridgeway approaching Maple Wood

 

The Ridgeway running alongside Maple Wood

 

Chequers and Coombe Hill

 

The path, now named Cradle Footpath on the OS map, then ran across a large grassy field to a gate on the far side, beyond which it continued through an area of grass and bushes, passing the end of a wooded valley on my right. By a waymark post I forked right, temporarily diverting from the Ridgeway, to follow a path through bushes and then up a small grass slope to the top of Chequers Knap, where I enjoyed some far-reaching views over the Vale of Aylesbury.

 

The Cradle footpath

 

The Cradle footpath

 

Where I diverted right to the top of Chequers Knap, before returning to the Ridgeway

 

The view over the Vale of Aylesbury from Chequers Knap

 

Part 2 of this walk

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