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|Ridgeway Ramble: Princes Risborough to Chinnor|
|Author: NickC, Published: 24 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Buckinghamshire, Princes Risborough|
|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.
|Start to Upper Icknield Way Junction|
Start point: 51.7244 lat, -0.8326 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.
|Upper Icknield Way Junction to Lee Road|
Start point: 51.7075 lat, -0.8395 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.
|Lee Road to Wigans Lane|
Start point: 51.6957 lat, -0.8422 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.
|Wigans Lane to End|
Start point: 51.698 lat, -0.8659 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
well described enjoyable walk.
|By ClaireC29 on 2015-04-11 17:03:39|
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