Hambleden circular walk no.3
Length: 17.8 km / 11 miles
Weather: Mild with sunny spells.
This walk covers some familiar footpaths, as well as some new ones to me. It combines parts of three other walks I have completed in the area.
Walk out of the village, past the church, along the lane towards Pheasant's Hill
The path narrows where it goes between back-gardens.
Turn left onto the lane and then left again at the T-junction, then cross the road.
Once over the road, go through the stile and head towards Bacres Farm.
The track steadily climbs up to Great Wood.
Looking back to Bacres Farm and the Hambleden Brook valley.
The track narrows slightly once in Great Wood.
After walking past Upper Woodend Farm, there is a stile at a T-junction. Cross into the field and follow the path into Gussetts Wood.
A new tree plantation near to Binfield Bottom.
Sunny-Southend (Bucks) where I had my lunch on one of the benches overlooking the green.
Follow the Shakespeare's Way into Kildridge Wood.
The track narrows between the Rhododendron and azalea bushes before reaching a gate that leads into the grounds of Stonor House.
There is a children's adventure playground in the park.
Stonor House is open to the public and is situated in a deer park.
The path then heads downhill to the B480 and Stonor village.
After a short distance walking on the road a footpath on the left leads up again, through Almshill Wood.
At the top of the path take a left turn along a farm track.
After walking across two fields, the path goes into Annabel's Wood and brings you out on the drive of the Bosemore Farm estate.
Cross the stile and head downhill, then into the woods where you climb uphill to a narrow lane.
Turn left at Roundhouse Farm.
The track leads to the woods at Red Hill and Palbach Hill.
Having emerged from the woods on Reservoir Hill, a broad sweep of the Thames can be seen to the right.
The view of Great Wood from Reservoir Hill.
Once out of Ridge Wood, a grand looking house can be seen across the valley.
The welcome site of Hambleden's St Mary the Virgin church marks the end of the walk.