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|Ridgeway Ramble: Wendover to Princes Risborough|
|Author: NickC, Published: 24 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Buckinghamshire, Princes Risborough|
|Pick a clear day for this walk, as there's some great views to be had early on from the Coombe Hill War Memorial, both across the counties and, more immediately, down to Chequers, the PM's weekend country retreat, a closer view of which follows later on in the walk. The route follows the Ridgeway National Trail, and as such is marked by the acorn symbol throughout, which at times is just as well as there are some sections through beech woods where otherwise it might be easy to get lost. Towards the end of the walk you can stand on top of Whiteleaf Cross, one of a number of similar carvings on chalk hillsides along the Ridgeway, where there are also some more views. |
This is a linear seven mile trek, with some fairly significant hills in between, so it shouldn't be tackled lightly. Allow a good two and a half to three hours to complete. It starts and ends in towns where refreshment is available, and there is a pub towards the end.
Ridgeway, Chequers, Coombe Hill Boer War Memorial
Wendover lies just to the east of the A413 Aylesbury Road, on the B4009. Park in the car park in the centre of the town (follow signs for the library) - closest postcode HP22 6DU. Both Princes Risborough and Wendover are on the Chiltern Line, but on different branches, so a connection would be required. Buses also run between the two towns, but check timetables before setting out, and again connections may be required via Aylesbury.
|Start to Coombe Hill Memorial|
Start point: 51.7619 lat, -0.7431 long
Leave the car park to the main road and turn left, staying on the pavement past shops on the High Street until the roundabout. Cross over the road and resume your previous direction along Pound Street, heading for, and passing, the Shoulder of Mutton pub. Continue over the bridge over the A413 and continue up Ellesborough Road, ignoring the path on the right immediately after the bridge.
|Coombe Hill Memorial to Chequers|
Start point: 51.7532 lat, -0.7718 long
From the Memorial, bear left from your previous direction of travel, following to top of the hill, looking down the escarpment to your right. Before too long, in the distance, you should be able to see Chequers, the Prime Minister's weekend residence, as well as a golf course, famously used by US Presidents as well as British Prime Ministers!
|Chequers to Whiteleaf Cross|
Start point: 51.737 lat, -0.7806 long
The path now cuts across a field, heading slightly left, towards Maple Wood, which it now skirts to the right, then left. At the end of this field and the beginning of another (Whorley Wood), take the gate to the left and head out across the field in front of you, bisecting the two woods. The path now heads uphill and comes to a kissing gate and the top of a coombe, a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it is a rare boxwood.
|Whiteleaf Cross to Market Place Princes Risborough|
Start point: 51.7288 lat, -0.8111 long
Looking out over the cross, head left along a level path beneath trees to a car park. Head down to the road and turn right, going along the road until you reach a concrete drive heading uphill to the left. Head for a kissing gate and between woods and a line of trees. On reaching a kissing gate bear right to a road.
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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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