Pete's Walks - Bledlow and Radnage (page 1 of 3)

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 8.5 miles on Sunday, 5th August 2018. It was a repeat of a walk I've done many times before (I followed 'Alternative 3' on the Google map, which I usually do now). I chose this relatively short route because I wanted to stop halfway round to search for butterflies at the Yoesden nature reserve - it turned out to be a very good idea to do a shorter walk anyway, because yet again it was a very hot day.

I parked outside the church at Bledlow (grid reference SP 778022) and started walking just after 10am (the church bell sounded just as I set off - it did so again when I got back exactly five hours later). With the churchyard on my right initially, I walked down the road until it started to turn right (by the Lions of Bledlow pub), where I took a footpath going half-left across a corn field. On the far side I reached a track, where I turned right and followed it for several hundred yards to reach the hamlet of Hempton Wainhill. I followed the track between some houses then turned left onto a bridleway. This climbed steadily up the wooded slope of Chinnor Hill, obviously an old route as it had worn a groove into the hillside. I continued along the bridleway across the top of Chinnor Hill and then through a small wood to reach a car park

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The street through Bledlow

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The start of the path to Wainhill

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The path to Wainhill

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The bridleway up Chinnor Hill

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The bridleway up Chinnor Hill

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View from the top of Chinnor Hill

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The bridleway on Chinnor Hill

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Approaching the car park on Chinnor Hill

I then followed a lane from the car park, passing a few residences either side, until it reached a minor road. Here I went about two hundred yards left, and then took a path on the left that started by the drive to Woodlands Farm. The path took me past the farm and then followed a drive from it to return to the same road I'd just been on. I turned right and immediately round a bend to the right I took a bridleway on the left (starting by a drive - this is the start of 'Alternative 3' on my Google map, my original route took a footpath on the bend) which headed into Sunley Wood. I soon passed a dwelling on my left, then the bridleway started to gradually descend through the wood for several hundred yards.

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The lane on Chinnor Hill

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The lane on Chinnor Hill

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The path past Woodlands Farm

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The path past Woodlands Farm

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The bridleway descending through Sunley Wood

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The bridleway descending through Sunley Wood

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The bridleway descending through Sunley Wood

On eventually reaching the bottom of the slope, I turned left at a bridleway T-junction. This bridleway, headed for Radnage, ran between hedges that formed a 'green tunne' with only occasional glimpses of the fields either side.

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The bridleway from Sunley Wood to Radnage

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The bridleway from Sunley Wood to Radnage

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The bridleway from Sunley Wood to Radnage