Pete's Walks - Hambleden, Marlow Common, Moorend Common (page 1 of 5)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps and GPX files.

Google map of the walk

NOTE: You now have to pay to use the car park in Hambleden. I usually manage to park along the village street to the west of the church (looking at the church from the village centre, take the street on the left and follow it round to the right).

I did this circular walk of about 10 miles on Monday, 3rd June 2024. It was a repeat of a walk I did in June 2017 (which I've repeated a couple of times before). Today I did the walk in order to visit Homefield Wood and Moorend Common to look for Orchids.

As you now have to pay to use the car park at Hambleden I parked along the village street to the west of Hambleden church instead. I started walking about 10.20am, going back through the village centre and on to the car park. I walked through the car park and then turned left along the edge of a playing field. I turned right for a few yards when I reached a hedge, then went through a gap in the hedge and continued along a track for a few yards. I then turned left, onto a path that climbed steadily uphill beside a field on my right. Towards the top of the slope the path continued through a wood. Where another field appeared on the right, I went through a metal kissing-gate, the path continuing beside the wood for a short while before carrying on along a track between or across fields.

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Hambleden church

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The playing field at Hambleden (I went through the gap in the hedge between the 2nd and 3rd seats)

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The track next to the sports ground at Hambleden

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Near the start of the path from Hambleden to Rotten Row

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A view back towards the Thames Valley near Hambleden

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, continuing through a wood

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, about to leave the wood at the kissing-gate on the right

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row, continuing from the wood

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row

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The path from Hambleden to Rotten Row

At the end of the track I turned left along a lane, following it the short distance to the hamlet of Rotten Row. Where the lane turned left, I took a path going straight on across an arable field. The path then carried on across a larger arable field to reach another lane, which ran along the edge of Heath Wood. Here I turned right and followed the lane for about a quarter of a mile before taking the SECOND footpath on the left (the first path is part of the Chiltern Way and is the way I normally go here). The path I took starts down a gravel driveway for a few yards then enters Homefield Wood on the left. After staying close to a property on the right, it turned right and then left, dropping down through the wood to a valley bottom where I turned right onto a path along a broad track. I followed the track for a quarter of a mile or so, until a sign on the left indicated the entrance to the Homefield Wood nature reserve. I spent about a quarter of an hour looking at the various orchids here, but unfortunately I'd timed my visit about a week too late as most of them were past their best - they were still flowering but many of the petals were turning brown.

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The lane through Rotten Row

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The path from Rotten Row to Heath Wood

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The path from Rotten Row to Heath Wood

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The lane along the edge of Heath Wood

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The path descending into Homefield Wood

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The path descending into Homefield Wood

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The path along the valley bottom in Homefield Wood