Pete's Walks - Coombe Hill and Great Kimble (page 2 of 4)

The path through Fugsdon Wood rose slowly and then descended gently to a dip (after about half a mile) where I went straight on at a five-way path or bridleway junction. This path was running on the eastern edge of Chisley Wood, and within a few hundred yards brought me to the end of an old lane (presumably it once continued to Little Hampden).

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Fugsdon Wood

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Just beyond the five-way junction, now in Goodmerhill Wood possibly

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The path continuing in Chisley Wood

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The end of the old lane, north of Little Hampden

A few yards to my right, along the old lane, a path went left, into yet another wood, this one called Hengrove Wood. There were a couple of places where the path was a little indistinct as it headed downhill through the trees, but usually there were painted arrows to guide the way. I kept left when I met another path, and a little further on turned left again (now heading into Widnell Wood, though it's not named on the OS map). This path was now heading south, and gradually rising a little again. As I drew close to the edge of the wood on my left, I looked out for and eventually found a path junction where a path went sharply right. This led downhill, then left the wood and followed a field edge to reach Dirtywood Farm. The path followed the farm boundaries round to the right, then continued down its drive to reach a minor road. Chequers was a mile or so north of here, and I had a view of the southern side of Beacon Hill (which I'd see from the north later on).

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Hengrove Wood

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The path going south through Hengrove Wood

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The path going south through Hengrove Wood

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The path to Dirtywood Farm

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The path past Dirtywood Farm

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Looking north to Beacon Hill

Across the road I followed a lengthy tarmac drive to Solinger House, where I re-entered the woods, now in Sergeant's Wood. Yet again it was pleasant walking in the woods, even on this grey day, with the rustle of fallen leaves beneath my boots. I went straight on where another path crossed my path. The junction at the far side of Sergeant's Wood doesn't seem to correspond too well to the map (I initially went wrong here when I did the walk the other way round), but I simply had to turn right and continue onwards into Ninn Wood.

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The start of the drive to Solinger House

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The drive to Solinger House

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Start of the path into Sergeant's Wood, near Solinger House

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Sergeant's Wood

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Start of the path through Ninn Wood