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|Ellesborough and Chequers Court|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 31 Dec 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile walk in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns which takes walkers on a circular route around Chequers Court, the Prime Minister’s official country residence. Taking in a range of hills and valleys within the Chiltern’s area of outstanding natural beauty the views are beautiful from many points. The walk also includes a section of the Ridgeway, said to be Britain’s oldest road. |
The walk follows woodland and field paths which will be very muddy and slippery after wet weather. There are several fairly steep ascents and decents including a number of steps. The walk passes over six stiles (all of which have open fencing alongside for dogs to pass through) and a number of gates. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the crossroads of Butler’s Cross on Ellesborough Road between Wendover and Ellesborough, where there is some free parking. Ellesborough Road is accessed from the A4010 between Princes Risborough and Stoke Manderville. Approximate post code HP17 0TS.
|Butler’s Cross to Springs Cottage|
Start point: 51.7552 lat, -0.7804 long
From Butler’s Cross walk north up Chalkshire Road with the Russell Arms pub on the right. Opposite houses numbers five and six, turn left into a footpath signed for Aylesbury Rings. Cross over a total of four stiles as you go down this narrow footpath fenced between fields of horses. All of the stiles are within open fencing with gaps at the side or underneath that most dogs should be able to pass through.
|Springs Cottage to Hedgeline|
Start point: 51.7553 lat, -0.791 long
Pass over the left hand of the two stiles in front of you (which does have an adjacent dog gate) and then turn left heading uphill towards Ellesborough Church. At the top of the hill pass over the stile (again with an adjacent dog gate) and go up the steps into the churchyard. Go straight ahead and pass by the church on your left.
|Hedgeline to Ridgeway|
Start point: 51.7506 lat, -0.7915 long
Pass through the kissing gate within the hedgeline and then follow the grass path as it swings to the right of Beacon Hill. As you draw level with the hill, go straight ahead through a gate into a section of woodland. Climb the steps to pass through the trees and then as you emerge at the top, cross over the field and follow the grass path as it continues into the next belt of trees.
|Ridgeway to Crossroads|
Start point: 51.7414 lat, -0.7936 long
Do not pass through this kissing gate, instead turn left to follow the path across the top of the field. You are now on the Ridgeway. The Ridgeway has been in use since at least 3,000BC and is commonly regarded as Britain’s oldest road. The original route stretched for 250 miles between the Dorset coast and The Wash.
|Crossroads to Combe Farm|
Start point: 51.7374 lat, -0.7724 long
Turn left here along the bridleway. At the next junction where a number of paths meet, turn left onto the tarmac lane, and then after a short distance turn right onto Missenden Road. Opposite the lodge house, after just a few paces, turn right onto the mud footpath into the trees.
|Combe Farm to Ellesborough Church|
Start point: 51.7479 lat, -0.7784 long
Cross over the road and turn right along the narrow pavement. After about 100 yards, turn left through a staggered barrier fence to access the clay footpath going diagonally uphill across the crop field.
|Ellesborough Church to Butler’s Cross|
Start point: 51.7526 lat, -0.7898 long
The Church of England parish church of Saints Peter and Paul has stone carvings of the two saints above the entrance and many Prime Ministers have attended this church for morning worship when in residence at Chequers.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
We took this walk on 6 April 2013, on the first spring day with lots of sun and rising temperatures. We were delighted with the varied vistas and the terrain. We highly recommend this walk and plan to do it again in the autumn to enjoy the trees with foliage.
|By deeyon on 2013-04-07 12:49:07|
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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