Hambleden village circular walk no.2

Start: Village car park

Finish: Village car park

Length: 12.49 km/ 7.8 miles

Weather: Sunny

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Leaving Hambleden village cross the road and walk up the path into Ridge Wood.

hambleden village circular walk

 

The path that runs along the southern end of Ridge Wood.

Ridge Wood hambleden

 

Take a left just past the farm on Dairy Lane.

 Dairy Lane hambleden

 

The view up Reservoir Hill.

Reservoir Hill hambleden

 

Views to the right of Reservoir Hill.

Reservoir Hill hambleden

 

The path leading up to Pullbach Hill.

Pullbach Hill hambleden

 

The start of a very muddy path that leads to Roundhouse Farm.

Roundhouse Farm

 

Looking over in the direction of Fawley.

Roundhouse Farm

 

Roundhouse Farm.

Roundhouse Farm

 

The road leading to Lower Woodend Farm.

Lower Woodend Far

 

Turn right onto Dudley Lane.

hambleden Dudley Lane

 

Approaching Luxters Farm Winery and Brewery.

Luxters Farm Winery and Brewery

 

The track opposite the winery that leads into Cadmoor Wood.

Cadmoor Wood hambleden

 

Having left Cadmore Wood the views of the Hambleden Valley open up.

Cadmoor Wood hambleden

 

hambleden village circular walk

 

Looking back to Cadmore Wood.

Cadmoor Wood hambleden

 

At this junction ignore the right turn and carry straight on. Unlike I did when I approached it.

hambleden village circular walk

 

The view across the valley to Great Wood.

hambleden village circular walk

 

Walking up hill towards Beeches Farm.

hambleden village circular walk

 

Beeches Farm

 

The very helpful Chiltern Hills white arrows appear whenever there is a dilemma about which route to take. In this instance left is correct, against all instincts to go right and downhill.

hambleden village circular walk

 

As you reach the edge of the wood, Pheasant's Hill can bee seen.

hambleden village circular walk

 

The narrowest passageway I've had the displeasure of squeezing through.

hambleden village circular walk

 

Hambleden Church is in sight across the meadows.

hambleden village circular walk

 

All's well that ends well in the Chiltern Hills.

When I arrived back at Hambledon I searched every pocket, every nook and every cranny of my rucksack but could not find my car keys. I went to the next door pub and asked if they had been handed in. They hadn't.

I phoned the winery where I had stopped for lunch. They had a look but couldn't see them.

I phoned home and was about to arrange for a courier to drive the spare set to me at the cost of £50, when I had a moment of soul searching. I could remember taking my coat off and putting it in my rucksack, but I could only vaguely remember where that was along the route. So I set off in pursuit of my keys, before it got dark. I approached the tree stump which I thought I'd put my rucksack on when taking my coat off. There on the ground were my KEYS. It added an extra 3 miles on to the walk, but it was worth it in the end. The moral to the story is use the zip-up pocket inside your rucksack, designed especially for keys and don't get distracted, no matter how much you need the toilet.

hambleden village circular walk