Pete's Walks - Cholesbury and The Lee (page 1 of 6)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 11.5 miles on Saturday, 9th June 2018. It was basically a repeat of a walk I first did in December 2008 - I've done it a couple of times since, but not for a few years now. I varied the route slightly, starting at Cholesbury rather than Buckland Common (just because of easier parking) and then taking a different path from Dundridge Manor Farm which I'd never walked before.

I parked by the cricket ground in Cholesbury (Grid Reference SP 933071) and started walking about 9.40am. Instead of walking past the cricket ground, I followed the road in the opposite direction. Just after passing the Village Hall on my right, I took a footpath on the left. This ran between garden boundaries, and then followed the left edge of a meadow of long grass as it dropped down into a valley. I turned right in the valley bottom, following a path along the valley past three fields. On reaching a field corner close to a wood, I turned right, following a short path to reach a road (the same one I'd parked by, but now in Buckland Common). I turned left, and followed the road - I passed a junction where Bottom road went right, then I took a lane going left at a bend. After a hundred yards or so I reached the start of the drive to Dundridge Manor on my right. A very short way down it a footpath went left, following a dry moat around the manor on my right. I soon came to a path junction, where I turned right and crossed a field to reach Dundridge Manor Farm.

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The path I took from almost opposite Cholesbury Village Hall - I turned right along the bottom of the valley

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The path along the valley bottom

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The path along the valley bottom

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The road past Buckland Common

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The lane, just before the start of the drive to Dundridge Manor

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The path passing near Dundridge Manor

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The path after I turned right, passing Dundridge Manor Farm

A few yards past the farm I took a spur of the moment decision to try a new path (I've been aware of this path for years, but have been dubious about whether it actually existed on the ground or not, but I could clearly see it crossing a field about a quarter of a mile way). I turned left at a track junction, but only for a short distance before turning right at a waymark post. The path crossed a very flinty field of stubble, following a row of trees. At the fourth tree, the path turned left and continued across the stubble field to a hedge. It then continued along the left edge of a corn field, turning right in the field corner to continue along another side of the same field. Shortly before reaching the next field corner, the path went through a gap in the hedge, and followed the edge of a wood past another corn field, dropping gently downhill. It then followed a drive to pass in front of a house and reached Arrewig Lane (I'm not sure if the house is the Three Gates Farm shown on the map or not, the OS map is a little unclear).

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The start of the path after I turned left - it goes right by the post (I'd not walked this path before, this was the start of a slight variation from my original route)

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The path following the line of trees

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The path turning left by the fourth tree

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The path continuing across the stubble field

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The path following the edge of the large meadow

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The path after it turns right in the corner of the meadow

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The path continuing along the edge of a wood

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The path approaching Three Gates Farm