Bledlow Ridge circular walk

Start: Bledlow Ridge

Finish: Bledlow Ridge

Length: 11.73 km / 7.28 miles

Weather: Fine and warm.

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Another walk in the Chilterns, similar to one in the Time Out Book of Country Walks Near London, Vol. 2, walk no. 2.

The track leading from the road at Bledlow Ridge. A bit of a tight squeeze between a barbed-wire fence on one side and thorny bushes on the other.

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But as the path widens and opens up, so do the views.

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The path soon descends into Yoesden Nature Reserve.

Yoesden Nature Reserve walk

 

St. Mary's, Church, Radnage. Built by the Knights Templar in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century.

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The path lies ahead.

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After a walk through a field of stubble, the route climbs uphill through a grassy field.

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The view over to Venus Wood.

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Looking back to the route.

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The stile that leads into Benwell's Wood.

Benwells Wood

 

In hindsight, I would probably give this uninspiring section a miss next time and bypass it on Red Lane and Chinnor Road.

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Having become a bit confused and wandered around someone's back garden looking for the public footpath, I was directed by the house owner to this stile. I did apologise and he took it well, but I got the feeling I had disturbed his daytime TV viewing.

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Chinnor Road.

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A chalk path descends through Chinnor Hill Nature Reserve, with a steep slope on the right.

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At the bottom of Chinnor Hill you turn onto the Ridgeway and Icknield Way LDP and the views open up at Hempton Wainhill.

Hempton Wainhill

 

The edge of Great Bledlow Wood.

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Through a field of sheep.

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Lodge Hill lies ahead. Turn right onto a lane at the end of this path.

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The track to Old Callow Down Farm.

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There were quite a few buildings dotted around so I'm not sure whether or not this actually was Old Callow Down Farm.

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The path undulates as you get closer to Rout'ss Green.

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More undulations.

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The view over the valley towords Lacey Green.

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More views. I think this might be Whiteleaf Hill, but I am happy to be corrected.

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