Pete's Walks- West Wycombe, Green End, Bradenham, Downley (page 1 of 4)

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Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 7.6 miles on Sunday, 1st March 2020 - it was a repeat of a walk I did in May 2015.

I parked in the large village car park in West Wycombe, and started walking about 11.45am. I turned right from the car park entrance, towards West Wycombe, then turned right again to immediately leave the village and head southwest-wards along the A40. After three or four hundred yards, almost opposite the start of a lane going left to Towerage, I took a footpath forking half-right. This climbed steadily uphill through two large arable fields, and I enjoyed the views all around me. Beyond the second field, the path continued along a track through an area of rough grass, and then a waymark on a post indicated where the footpath entered Great Cockshoots Wood.

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The road from the car park into West Wycombe

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The A40 going southwest from West Wycombe

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Looking right from the A40 to a section of the River Wye

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The footpath to Great Cockshoots Wood

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The footpath to Great Cockshoots Wood

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The footpath to Great Cockshoots Wood

The path continued roughly westwards through the wood. On the far side of the wood I turned right along a bridleway, but after just a few yards turned left at a junction to follow a path heading northwest towards Green End Farm. Initially there were hedges either side, but then the path continued by a fence on the left, passing an isolated tree. At a path junction where this fence met a crossing fence, I continued ahead, tractor tracks now indicating the path as it crossed a huge pasture. As I neared Green End Farm, the path kept to the right of a hedge. When this met a fence, I went over a stile in the hedge and turned right to continue along the other side of the hedge. Just past a pond, the path continued through a metal pedestrian gate. The path now ran between a hedge on my left and a fence on my right. The path then followed the drive from the farm to reach the hamlet of Green End (part of the scattered parish of Radnage, I think).

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The path as it enters Great Cockshoots Wood

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Great Cockshoots Wood

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Near the start of the footpath to Green End Farm, after I turned right and then left after leaving the wood

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The footpath to Green End Farm

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The footpath to Green End Farm

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The footpath to Green End Farm (the building on the right)

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The footpath to Green End Farm (shortly before the path switches to the other side of the hedgerow

I turned right along Hatch Lane, but after a few yards took the footpath that runs parallel to it on the right. This ran between the hedge next to the lane on my left and a wire fence next to a large pasture. It dropped down hill, then turned right and entered part of Chawley Wood (there is obviously some confusion over Chawley and Chorley hereabouts - apart from the wood there are two farms with Chawley in the name, but a farm and a road spelled Chorley). At a path junction I ignored the short path going left to rejoin Hatch Lane, and continued straight on through the wood. I was now on the northern edge of the wood, with occasional views on my left across fields to the steep slope on the other side of the valley.

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The footpath going past Green End Farm (continues through the small metal gate behind the pond)

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The drive from Green End Farm

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The footpath next to Hatch Lane

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The footpath next to Hatch Lane

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The footpath continuing through Chawley Wood

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The footpath through Chawley Wood