Pete's Walks - Coombe Hill and Great Kimble (page 1 of 4)

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I did this 11.8 mile circular walk on Saturday, 11th September 2021. This was a repeat of a walk I did in February 2011, but in the opposite (clockwise) direction. I had walked it clockwise once before, in November 2011. The title I've given the walk is a little misleading, as the route follows a very indirect route from Coombe Hill to Great Kimble, which comes about two-thirds of the way into the walk.

I started walking from the car park on Coombe Hill about 9.30am, starting down the broad and rather muddy avenue that begins at the far end of the car park. After going straight for about a quarter of a mile, it turned half right at a path junction. It then continued for some distance, gradually narrowing and becoming a 'hollow way' or sunken lane as it slowly descended the wooded western slopes of Bacombe Hill. When the trees on my right gave way to a paddock, I went over a stile and crossed the sloping paddock diagonally to reach the hamlet of Bacombe.

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Start of the bridleway from the car park on Coombe Hill

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The bridleway continuing from Coombe Hill to Bacombe Hill

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The bridleway descending Bacombe Hill

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The bridleway descending Bacombe Hill

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The bridleway descending Bacombe Hill

I went a short distance left along the lane, before taking a bridleway on the right. After some gardens it was soon running between fences with paddocks or pastures either side. On the far side of these the bridleway turned right (a path continued ahead towards Coxgrove Wood), initially with the hedges on both sides overhanging to form a green tunnel. It then continued between fences, with fields to the left and some attractive beech trees on the right. I was now gradually gaining height, as the bridleway continued on its way towards the wood called High Scrubs. There were generally fields to my left and trees on the right. Towards the top of the slope I entered a wood, and carried on for some distance to reach a path crossroads in High Scrubs.

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The path down to Bacombe Lane, with the valley of The Hale in the background

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Bacombe Lane

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The bridleway from Bacombe

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The bridleway from Bacombe

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The bridleway from Bacombe

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The bridleway from Bacombe

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The bridleway from Bacombe, now in the woods near Upper Bacombe

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The bridleway from Bacombe, now in the woods near Upper Bacombe

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The bridleway from Bacombe, now in the woods near Upper Bacombe

A footpath continued straight on through the wood. When it curved left I became a little confused, I thought a path went almost immediately right but in fact I had to walk a short distance before seeing the path going right (no waymark or sign). The path soon turned left and came to a waymark pointing right, the path now going downhill close to a garden boundary on my right On reaching a lane, I turned left for a short distance before taking a path on the other side, heading into Fugsdon Wood.

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Footpath in High Scrubs

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Footpath in High Scrubs, descending to a lane

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Start of the path through Fugsdon Wood