Pete's Walks - Christmas Common, Ibstone, Cookley Green (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 13.9 miles on Friday, 21st June 2019. It was a repeat of a walk I did in February 2018, but this time I did it clockwise. About a fifth of the route was on paths I'd not walked in this direction before.

I parked in Christmas Common, at the start of the road that goes to Northend and Stonor - there is parking on the right for maybe half a dozen cars here (grid reference SU 714933). I started walking about 9:50am, going a few yards further along the road to where it turned left, where I went straight on down Hollandridge Lane. After about a quarter of a mile footpaths went off on both sides of the lane, and I went left here, starting the first section of the route that was new to me in this direction. The path ran a short way between wooden fences to reach a wood called Prior's Grove. It continued straight on through the wood, and on the other side went gradually left as it rose gently uphill through a meadow of long grass to reach a gate near the far left corner. The path then crossed a small corner of another meadow to reach a minor road (the one I'd parked along). A path continued on the other side, running between a hedge on my left and a metal fence, beyond which was Cooper's Wood. After a few hundred yards the path turned left, still between a hedge and a fence. Beyond the grassy field that was now to my right, the path continued through Shotridge Wood.

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Hollandridge Lane, Christmas Common

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The path through Prior's Grove

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The path through Prior's Grove

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The path continuing through the first meadow after Prior's Grove

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The path beside Cooper's Wood

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The same path after it turns left towards Shotridge Wood

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Approaching Shotridge Wood

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Shotridge Wood

On reaching a path junction (white arrows on a tree) I turned sharply right, now joining a familiar path. I now had a long and gentle descent through Shotridge Wood, heading roughly eastwards towards the Wormsley Valley. At the bottom of the slope after about three-quarters of a mile, and now in Blackmoor Wood, the path continued through a narrow bit of woodland for almost half a mile until, shortly after a path came in from the right, I reached one of the surfaced drives on the Wormsley Estate.

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Shotridge Wood after I turned sharply right (joining the direct route from Christmas Common to the Wormsley Valley)

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The path descending through Shotridge Wood

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The path now in Blackmoor Wood

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Blackmoor Wood

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Blackmoor Wood

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Blackmoor Wood

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Approaching where the path very briefly joins one of the Wormsley Estate drives

A few yards to the right, the path turned left from the drive and crossed a meadow. After crossing another of the Wormsley estate drives, the path continued across a very large sheep pasture in the bottom of the Wormsley Valley - over to the right I could see a field of Poppies, which I realised I'd walk through when I re-crossed the Wormsley Valley in a short while. Beyond this pasture I crossed a bridleway, then the path gradually climbed uphill following a fence on my left (that separated two more large sheep pastures) until it reached a stile on the edge of Commonhill Wood.

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The path continuing across a meadow, having turned left from the Wormsley Estate drive

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Zoomed-in shot of a Poppy field in the Wormsley Valley - I would walk through it later on

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The path continuing across the Wormsley Valley after crossing another Wormsley Estate drive

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The path continuing across the Wormsley Valley, heading up to Commonhill Wood

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View over the Wormsley Valley from where the path enters Commonhill Wood