Coombe Hill Woodland Walk

Walking trail

This gentle 3.5 mile circular walk passes mostly through sheltered woodland, from the mysterious coppiced beech of Low Scrubs to the towering beech standards of Linton’s Wood. The final section of the walk, in contrast, takes you around Coombe Hill, with its magnificent, far-reaching views.


Coombe Hill Woodland Walk map


Start: at entrance to Coombe Hill car park, grid ref SP851062


Enter the Low Scrubs woodland on the signed path at the right hand side of the car park entrance as you drove in. Continue ahead on the winding path, following the orange marker signs. About 150m from the car park turn right along a crossing sunken path, now leaving the orange marker signs. Continue gently downhill for another 300m, passing an open bracken area on your right. Turn left uphill on a marked footpath, there are occasional yellow arrow markers on some trees. You come to a wooden fence ahead.

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Low Scrubs


Turn right on a path with the fence to your left. After 150m continue ahead when a track joins from your right. You now leave Low Scrubs and enter High Scrubs. Continue in the same direction until you reach the village of Dunsmore. You come to a road crossing with the Church of the Resurrection diagonally left ahead.

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Birdcage Walk and Low Scrubs


Turn right on the road in the direction signed to Kimble and Princes Risborough, passing the pond on your left. Follow the lane downhill to a junction with a no-through road on your left that leads to Dunsmore Old Farm. Cross the road here and join a footpath by a sign that heads diagonally left uphill through Fugsdon Wood. (In July 2021 the footpath sign had been twisted to point along the metaled track instead of the footpath) Follow occasional yellow markers on trees. The path levels out and bends right. Now continue in broadly same direction on the flat, ignoring any crossing paths. The woodland you first pass through is mostly mixed, dense and young but eventually you enter an area with the towering beech trees at Linton’s Wood. You come to a T-junction of paths.

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Dew pond in Dunsmore


Turn right along The Ridgeway. After about 400m bend left next to a concrete drive (Lodge Hill Game Farm) to meet a road. Cross the road and head back into woodland on an unmarked footpath only about 10m uphill from the drive. The path takes you into Lodge Hill with some magnificent coppiced beech trees, then bends right uphill. Towards the top and the edge of the woodland bear left to re-join The Ridgeway. Go through a metal kissing gate to enter Coombe Hill.

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The Ridgeway at Coombe Hill


Turn left downhill on The Ridgeway, which soon bends right and starts heading gently uphill, with woodland to your right and the open, steep slopes of Coombe Hill to your left. Back and to your left you will soon be able to see Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country retreat. There are several benches along this section from which you can enjoy wide views of the Oxford Plain and the Chiltern Escarpment. Eventually you come to the Boer War Memorial at the top of Coombe Hill.

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Coombe Hill in winter


From the Memorial, turn right along the distinctive gravel track, with excellent views to the left over Aylesbury Vale and Wendover. 250m beyond the Memorial the track turns sharply right. Follow this path, with a fence to your left. At the end of the path, go through a gate leading onto a lane. Turn left to return to the car park where you started.


Near car park, grid ref: SP851062

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Coombe Hill Woodland Walk


The walk is nearly all along footpaths, with one short section on a quiet road. In winter and wet weather some paths can be muddy and slippery. There are no stiles and just a few gentle uphill sections. Dogs are welcome but they must be kept under strict control at all times. Please note that livestock (usually cattle) are often grazed on Coombe Hill.

Please note that parts of the route between points 2 and 5 are not on National Trust land. As such, the National Trust does not check for hazards on these sections of the walk. Walkers therefore follow this route at their own risk.

Coombe Hill Woodland Walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01494 755573


Coombe Hill Woodland Walk

How to get here

Start: at entrance to Coombe Hill car park, grid ref SP851062
By train

The nearest railway station is a 1.5 mile walk away at Wendover on the Chiltern Railways line. From here, follow signs for the Ridgeway. Walk over Bacombe Hill to get to Coombe Hill. You will come out at the monument, half way round the trail.

By road

Coombe Hill is in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, 3 miles drive west of Wendover and 5 miles drive east of Princes Risborough. From Princes Risborough head east towards Ellesborough. Carry on to Butlers Cross then turn right onto the Missenden Road. From Wendover head west towards Butlers Cross and turn left onto the Missenden Road. Drive for 2 miles up the hill until you reach the peak where you need to turn left up Lodge Hill. Drive for 1 mile up Lodge Hill until you reach the car park in front of you on a tight right hand bend.

By foot

Coombe Hill is on the Ridgeway long distance footpath. Please see OS map 181 for the appropriate section.

By bus

Nearest bust stop is opposite the Russell Arms Pub at Butlers cross, redline route 321. From here, cross onto Missenden road and walk 0.6 miles along the pavement, past the guide centre until you reach a bridleway sign on your left. Follow this onto Coombe Hill and either take the steep path in front of you to the top or turn left and zigzag up the side slope. Please note these routes are very steep and uneven.

By bicycle

Coombe Hill is on the 170 mile circular Chilterns Cycleway. Please note that no cycling is allowed on the trail but bikes can be pushed

Coombe Hill Woodland Walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking
  • Picnic area
  • Several benches in the picnic area, on Coombe Hill and beside Dunsmore pond
  • No toilets on site. Nearest public toilets are in Wendover