Pete's Walks - Bledlow Ridge, Bradenham, West Wycombe (page 1 of 5)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 13.5 miles on Friday, 20th July 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I first did in December 2011.

I parked in a side road (a cul-de-sac) off the main road through Bledlow Ridge, about a quarter of a mile south of The Boot (Grid Reference SU 796978). Starting walking about 10.10am, I went back up the main road towards The Boot, but turned right along a footpath (part of the Chiltern Way) that went down a drive with a few houses off it. At the end of the drive the path continued between hedges, with a mown meadow to my left. Where the meadow ended I came to a path junction where I turned right, following a hedgerow to my right as far as a metal kissing gate. Through this the path dropped steeply downhill through a huge meadow (that had also been mown), with an expansive view ahead of me over the Saunderton Valley.

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The path from Bledlow Ridge

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The path from Bledlow Ridge

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The path after I turned right, on the edge of Bledlow Ridge

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View from the top of the next field - you can see the path dropping downhill to the conifers, where it turns left. Lodge Hill is on the left of the photo.

At the bottom of the slope I went through another metal kissing-gate, and turned left behind a short row of conifers. The path continued along the edge of a large corn field (to my right) for several hundred yards to reach Lodge Hill Farm, where I turned right along the farm drive. Where this turned right, I turned left and followed a bridleway on a track alongside a hedgerow on my left, heading towards Lodge Hill. After several hundred yards I came to a bridleway T-junction where I went right for a short distance before turning left down another bridleway (so this was more or less a 'staggered crossroads' of bridleways). This bridleway ran for several hundred yards through trees at the bottom of the southwestern slopes of Lodge Hill.

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The path after it turns left behind the conifers

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The path continuing towards Lodge Hill Farm

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The bridleway from Lodge Hill Farm to Lodge Hill

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The bridleway from Lodge Hill Farm to Lodge Hill

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The bridleway running along the bottom of Lodge Hill

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The bridleway running along the bottom of Lodge Hill

Eventually the bridleway left the trees and continued through a stubble field, initially with a short hedgerow on my left. Towards the far side of the field a path crossed the bridleway and I turned right. Through a gate at the edge of the field, the path turned right and then bore half-left as it rose up the wooded western end of Lodge Hill. I continued along the top of the hill, admiring the far-reaching views in several directions.

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The bridleway running along the bottom of Lodge Hill

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The path after I turned right in the middle of the stubble field

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The path continuing to Lodge Hill

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The path continuing up Lodge Hill

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The path continuing along the top of Lodge Hill

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View looking right from Lodge Hill

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View looking left from Lodge Hill