Pete's Walks - Hambleden, Marlow Common, Moorend Common (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 circular walk of about 10 miles on Saturday, 23rd June 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I did in June 2017. I chose this walk today as I wanted to visit Homefield Wood and Moorend Common to look for Orchids.

I parked in the car park at Hambleden (grid reference SU 785866), and started walking at roughly 10:35am. From the end of the car park I turned left along the edge of a playing field, turning right for a few yards when I reached a hedge, then going through a gap in the hedge and continuing along a track for a few yards. I then turned left, onto a path that climbed steadily uphill beside a field on my right. Towards the top of the slope the path continued through a wood. Where another field appeared on the right, I went through a metal kissing-gate, the path continuing beside the wood for a while before carrying on along a track between fields.

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The path across the sports ground at Hambleden (I headed for a gap in the hedge by the two seats)

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The start of the path from Hambleden to Rotten Row

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, heading uphill to the wood

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A view back right across the Thames Valley near Hambleden

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, continuing uphill through the wood

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, continuing from the wood

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, approaching the lane to Rotten Row

At the end of the track I turned left along a lane, following it the short distance to the hamlet of Rotten Row. Where the lane turned left, I took a path going straight on across a recently mown meadow. The path then carried on across a huge pasture to reach another lane, which ran along the edge of Heath Wood. Here I turned right and followed the lane for about a quarter of a mile before taking the SECOND footpath on the left (the first path is part of the Chiltern Way and is the way I normally go here). The path I took started to the left of a short drive, entering what was now Homefield Wood. After staying close to a property on the right, it turned right and then left, dropping down through the wood to a valley bottom where I turned right onto a path along a broad track. Here I soon saw a lot of Dark Mullein growing, then spotted my first Silver-washed Fritillaries of 2018 (they wouldn't stop to have their photo taken, unfortunately). Further on a Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly was more co-operative and posed nicely for its photograph, and then I spotted some Nettle-leaved Bellflower.

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The lane through Rotten Row

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The path from Rotten Row to Heath Wood

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The path from Rotten Row to Heath Wood

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The lane along the edge of Heath Wood

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The path descending into Homefield Wood

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The path descending into Homefield Wood

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The path along the valley bottom in Homefield Wood

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Dark Mullein

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The path along the valley bottom in Homefield Wood

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Broad-bodied Chaser

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Nettle-leaved Bellflower