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Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor

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Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor
Author: NickC, Published: 24 Apr 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guidestar1 Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guidestar1 Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guidestar1 Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guidestar0 Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guide
Buckinghamshire, Princes Risborough
Walk Type: Long distance path
Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guide boot Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guide boot Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor Walking Guide
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This linear path follows the Ridgeway National Trail for most of its route, beginning in the heart of Princes Risborough and ending slightly above the town of Chinnor in Oxfordshire, although parking is available here if you are using two cars. The route takes you across undulating Chiltern countryside, past a golf course and includes one decent uphill pull before ending in an easy ridge-side section sandwiched with nature reserves.

The route follows parts of the ancient Upper Icknield Way and offers great views over the Vale of Aylesbury from Lodge Hill. Allow between two and two and a half hours to complete, and bring your own refreshment as there's none on the way, although there are picnic tables near the end and a bench at the top of the hill.

The walk starts at the Market Square at the end of the High Street in Princes Risborough (HP27 0AP), although you can also join it at from the railway station, served by the Chiltern Line. Parking is available at both, although you will probably have to pay and a taxi service is available from the station (Village Taxis, but book first 01844 342551). You can leave a car at the end point or, for added secruity, slightly downhill at the car park for the local steam railway.

Princes Risborough is on the A4010, roughly equidistant between High Wycombe and Aylesbury.

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Walk Sections

Start to Upper Icknield Way Junction
Start to Upper Icknield Way Junction

Start point: 51.7244 lat, -0.8326 long
End point: 51.7075 lat, -0.8395 long

With your back to the Market Square, cross the road and head right down Church Street, past the half-timbered building on your right and on reaching the car park, take the road to your left, Manor Park Avenue. This takes you down a private road and past some desirable properties, before rejoining the main road, where it retains its name. Keep with this all the way down to Station Road, where you turn left. As the name suggests, this is where you would join the walk if starting at the railway station.

As the road curves to the left, head right at a thatched cottage and head down Picts Lane, using the pavement on the left. This brings you to a T-junction, where you bear left across the grass onto Shootacre Lane, with the railway line now at your back. On reaching a minor crossroads, head right onto Upper Icknield Way. You join the official Ridgeway route here, so look out for the acorn signs. Follow the road to a layby by some houses, where a fingerpost sends you left into a field.

Upper Icknield Way Junction to Lee Road
Upper Icknield Way Junction to Lee Road

Start point: 51.7075 lat, -0.8395 long
End point: 51.6957 lat, -0.8422 long

Head out diagonally across the field, aiming for a gap in the hedge on the other side. Keep with the waymarked route as it takes you across two railway lines via kissing gates. These are still active lines, so take great care. After the second of these you pass through a gate, heading left, and need to follow a hedge, with a golf course on the other side. This brings you to another gate, where you cross into a field.

Aim for the left hand side of the house in front of you and follow the path as it brings you down to the house via an enclosed path, and onto Lee Road.

Lee Road to Wigans Lane
Lee Road to Wigans Lane

Start point: 51.6957 lat, -0.8422 long
End point: 51.698 lat, -0.8659 long

Cross the road and follow the left hand edge of the field opposite to its top left hand corner. You should now be able to make out Lodge Hill, which will shortly be your main challenge on this walk. Go through a gap in the hedge and follow the path slightly uphill, left then right, ignoring a path behind you. The grazing on your left on the way to this point might be worth a glance however, as venison are raised here.

Head uphill to pass through some trees and gates. On reaching a junction with a path to your left and a kissing gate, continue straight ahead, now steeply uphill. This section can get muddy, so take it steady. The views of the Vale of Aylesbury now open up behind you, so you may want to pause to catch your breath - and maybe have it taken away again!

On reaching the summit, bear right and pass through trees and along a ridge, again with spectacular views out towards Aylesbury and the restored windmill at Lacey Green to your right. The path begins to head downhill and eventually comes out onto an open area, protected by a fence as wild orchids grow here. On reaching a kissing gate on your left, pass through and across the cultivated field in front of you, ignoring the path to your left, to Wigans Lane.

Wigans Lane to End
Wigans Lane to End

Start point: 51.698 lat, -0.8659 long
End point: 51.6964 lat, -0.9016 long

Cross the road and pass through a gate opposite, following a hedge and the left hand edge of a field. Just before the end of the field, take the gate on the left (signposted) and keep to the right of the next field, aiming for the right hand edge of Bledlow Great Wood in front of you. Leave the field at a gate by an electricity power line.

You now rejoin the Upper Icknield Way. Turn left and follow the path through a Beech wood, ignoring the option taking you to Bledlow. Go past a cottage on the right and another, a few hundred yards further on, on your left at a junction of paths. The path on the left offers the chance to visit the Chinnor Hill Nature Reserve and the Bledlow Cross, but this does require a climb uphill. Stick with the level path and another, more accessible Nature Reserve will appear on the left, complete with picnic tables. This path will bring you out onto a well worn path and the car parking at the end of the road.

Head down the road (right, downhill) to reach Chinnor.

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1 responses to "Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor"

well described enjoyable walk.

By ClaireC29 on 2015-04-11 17:03:39

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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