Pete's Walks - Hambleden, Colstrope, Medmenham, Fawley (page 1 of 7)

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 14.7 miles on Sunday, 9th June 2019. It was a repeat of a walk I did in January 2018, but this time I did it clockwise. Just over half the route was on paths I'd not walked in this direction before.

I parked in the village car park at Hambleden (Grid Reference SU 785866) and started walking about 10.15am. I turned left from the car park to the triangular village 'square' where I followed a street half-left to leave Hambleden and reach the main road through the Hambleden valley. Across this I started along a footpath that gradually rose uphill through part of Ridge Wood, curving slightly right as it went over the end of a ridge and descended the other side. The path ended when it met a bridleway running along the southern edge of the wood, where I turned right. After a few hundred yards the bridleway continued between hedges either side to reach a bridleway T-junction (I was almost crashed into by a cyclist here, who apologised - I didn't hear him coming, due to the noise coming from a music festival nearby).

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Hambleden church

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View from the edge of Hambleden, along the Hambleden valley towards the Thames valley

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The path through Ridge Wood

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The path through Ridge Wood

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The path through Ridge Wood

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The bridleway through Ridge Wood after I turned right

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The bridleway continuing from Ridge Wood

I turned right for a few yards and then turned left, following a path uphill to Great Wood (I kept right at an apparent fork in the path). On entering the wood the path continued uphill a little further before levelling out. It was a long and pleasant stretch of about a mile through the wood, the bridleway then continuing between hedges (the one on the right being tall and often overhanging), eventually curving left (there was a fine view to the left here) to reach a lane in Fawley by a property named The Round House (it has a round tower).

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The bridleway heading up to Great Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Great Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Great Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Great Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Great Wood

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The bridleway continuing through Great Wood

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The bridleway continuing from Great Wood to Fawley

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The bridleway continuing from Great Wood to Fawley

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View left just before reaching Fawley

I went right here, following the lane until just before it started to drop downhill, where I took a path on the right that followed a tree-lined drive to Lower Woodend Farm. Through a gate, the path continued along the right edge of a meadow, then continued for some distance between fences either side, passing more meadows - I saw my first Meadow Brown butterfly of 2019 along here.

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The lane at Fawley

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The path along the drive to Lower Woodend Farm

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The path continuing from Lower Woodend Farm

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The path continuing from Lower Woodend Farm