Pete's Walks - Coombe Hill and Kingsash (page 1 of 6)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 11.2 miles on Sunday, 21st October 2018. It was a repeat of walk I've done a few times before, most recently in December 2017.

I parked at the Coombe Hill car park (Grid Reference SP 852063), and started walking about 10.25. From the gate by the car park entrance, I crossed the middle of a flat area of grass and bushes. After going through a belt of trees, I stopped to put on my raincoat as it was a bit cooler than I'd expected. As I did so, I also realised that it was getting foggy. As I followed a broad band of grass towards the Boer War monument on top of Coombe Hill, I could see the fog swirling around it. By the time I reached it, all the views out over the Vale of Aylesbury were completely lost in the fog. Disappointed (it had been fine during my half-hour drive and when I left the car park!), I turned right to follow the Ridgeway national trail (white acorn signs) towards Bacombe Hill. After a few hundred yards I had to go through gates either side of a bridleway in a sunken lane or 'hollow way', my path then running between bushes or small trees for some distance. At a junction where the Ridgeway forked left, I went straight on, going through a gate and almost immediately forking right at a vague fork in the path. I carried on along the top of Bacombe Hill, the fog still hiding what are normally extensive views from here. After a few hundred yards I reached tumulus or burial mound (the hill drops more steeply after this) where I turned right (another path goes right just before the tumulus, the two paths joining up just after entering some trees).

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Near the start of the path from the car park on Coombe Hill - it seems quite sunny here!

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Approaching the Boer War monument on Coombe Hill, the fog comes rolling in ...

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... and totally obscures the views out over the Vale of Aylesbury!

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The start of the section of the Ridgeway heading to Bacombe Hill

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The Ridgeway heading to Bacombe Hill, just before crossing the bridleway in the sunken lane

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The Ridgeway heading to Bacombe Hill

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The path on top of Bacombe Hill

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The path on top of Bacombe Hill

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The tumulus on Bacombe Hill (where I turned right), with the fog obscuring the view over Wendover to Wendover Woods

The path dropped downhill to reach a bridleway. Across this I went over a stile and followed a path that went slightly left as it descended through a grassy field (normally a paddock, but there were a few young cattle here once). I only had half the normal view in front of me, the left half was all fog. I then turned left and followed Bacombe Lane for about half a mile to reach the edge of Wendover. Here I turned right along a road for a few yards, before going down Chapel Lane on the other side. I followed it to where it crossed a stream, when I turned right along a path with the stream on my left. I soon came to a path junction, where I turned left, crossing a footbridge over the stream and continuing a short distance between garden boundaries.

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The path descending to Bacombe Lane, the fog obscuring half the view ahead

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Bacombe Lane

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Bacombe Lane

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Chapel Lane, Wendover

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The path beside the stream after I turned right from Chapel lane

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The path after I turned left and crossed the stream