Pete's Walks - Wigginton and Drayton Wood (page 1 of 3)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 6 miles on Saturday, 7th April 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I've done several times before. This time I walked it in the anti-clockwise direction for the first time - I did this purely for the sake of doing something different as I knew that the views would not be so good this way round. I only wanted to walk for a couple of hours or so today as I'm still recovering from a virus I had about 6-7 weeks ago.

I parked in the car park by the playing field in Wigginton (grid reference SP938099). I started walking about 2.05pm, taking the paved path out of the back of the car park. On reaching a road I crossed over and continued down the short street opposite. At its end a path carried on along the right edge of a small park. I stayed on the path as it turned left in a corner of the park, and in the next corner turned right through a gate and continued along Fox Road ahead of me. On reaching the edge of Wigginton, I turned left along a short drive past some cottages to reach an entrance to Tring Park. A path continued through this wooded part of the park, soon reaching a path crossroads where I went straight on. The path was soon dropping downhill through the trees (I spotted my first Wood Anemones of 2018 here) to reach an Obelisk at a five-way path junction.

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The park in Wigginton

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Fox Road, from where I left the park

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The short drive way on the edge of Wigginton leading to Tring Park

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The path from the entrance to Tring Park

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The path continuing down to the Obelisk

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The path continuing down to the Obelisk

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Wood Anemones

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The Obelisk

I took the second path on the left, which continued downhill to reach a gate at the foot of the slope, where I emerged from the trees into the grassland part of Tring Park. I turned right and followed a broad path through the grass, heading towards a distant footbridge over the A41. The path was fairly flat for a while, then dropped quite steeply for a short while before gradually regaining height as it approached the footbridge. As I reached the footbridge I turned left, soon going through a gate and leaving Tring Park, the path now running alongside a hedge with a meadow extending to my left. I then crossed a lane, the path continuing on the other side up a concrete drive and then following a hedge on my right (parallel to the A41 dual carriageway).

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The path downhill from the Obelisk

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The path across Tring Park

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The path across Tring Park

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The path across Tring Park, close to the footbridge over the A41

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The path continuing from Tring Park

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The path continuing after crossing the lane

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The path continuing after crossing the lane

At a path junction I turned left, following an intermittent hedgerow on my left uphill. As I'd foreseen, I needed to turn round as I steadily climbed this hill, in order to get the best views on this route. They certainly weren't at their best on this very grey afternoon.

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The path after turning left and uphill, towards Stubbing's Wood

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The path to Stubbing's Wood

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Looking back, over Tring and part of the Vale of Aylesbury